The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. There have been two Saturdays occupied by events, the first an Artisan Fair to benefit the scholarship program at Creative Therapy Care. It was a hot, rainy day, but well attended, good music, lots of beautiful art. This past Saturday, in Rev War costume, I was spinning, relating spinning and fiber art information, representing Wilderness Road Regional Museum and the local militia group that I sometimes set up with. Again it was hot, but not rainy for this Riner Heritage Day event. I did set up a small table vending soap and yarn for this as well. This event was fun, as a History teacher offered extra credit to students who would approach one of the re-enactors, ask a pertinent question or listen to our spiel and then have their picture taken with us. I had at least a dozen young adults approach me, listen to my talk, have their photo taken, and thank me. One young man brought at least 4 of them over to me.
Between those events, work has been directed toward the garden, especially in the early morning before it gets hot. Everything planted is up except for the pumpkins. I guess I will have to try again on them before it is too late. There is a nice row of cucumbers sprouted, two rows of sunflowers and Hopi Dyeseed sunflowers, the tomatoes and peppers need mulch and it is a daily battle against the lambs quarters in the onions, asparagus, and peas. The only harvest is still asparagus, but I am getting my fill and passing some on to others.
Also, two skeins of yarn have been finished that will go to The Yarn Asylum in Jonesborough, TN along with several others soon. And the 97 little guest bars of soap were made, and wrapped for Franklin House Bed and Breakfast also in Jonesborough, TN. These goodies will be delivered back by friends coming here for a day of spinning, camaraderie, and food at an annual event hosted by mutual friends.
At night and during a couple of cooler days, I finished knitting the half Hap shawl that I was making with 7 of the breeds of wool I spun for the Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em challenge. It ended up almost 6 feet wide and 3 feet deep. Every one of the 87 lace points had to be pulled and pinned during the blocking. It is lovely, and heavy. I will probably enter it in the Fair this year and then enjoy it’s warmth when the weather cools next fall and winter.
My pullets are all laying consistently sized eggs finally after getting a double yolked “ostrich” egg from one of the other each day. One Oliver egger has decided to be broody. I have never had a first year hen go broody on me, but that means one less egg each day and I am having to remove her from the nest several times a day and every evening.
A few weeks ago, I planted Calendula plants for the flowers for soaps and salves. The plants are blooming and I am gathering the blooms and drying them for later use. I need to find a patch of Broadleaf Plantain that isn’t in the animal’s footpath or our footpath as that is another herb that needs to be gathered and infused for a fresh batch of salves. My lavender plant didn’t get pruned two years ago and last year’s pruning didn’t improve it. I guess it will be dug up and a new one or two purchased so that it too can be dried and infused.
Each day we are taking a 2 plus mile walk together. We have several places we visit and get our exercise. Some days it is very pleasant, others it is hot and difficult.
Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler, maybe the yard will get mowed. The hay stand is tall and awaiting the annual mowing and baling.