Though today was a beautiful spring day, my body said it needed a day off and Thursdays are Spinning group day and as we were unable to use the library community room today, I had volunteered to host the group. Because we live out of the way, I put balloons on two crucial turns to help with directions and needed to get the balloons this morning. Daughter, granddaughter and I went to town for bagels, then to the grocery floral shop for the balloons and home to vacuum up the never ending supply of pet hair. A table cloth change, a few cut Iris, a couple pitchers of tea made and I was ready to sit and visit.
Many of the spinners are also weavers and one of the ladies often brings one of these little Zoom Looms to use rather than hauling one of her spinning wheels. I had ordered this one and didn’t expect it to arrive for another couple of days and was delighted while visiting with the group and spinning on my Coopsworth fiber for my sweater, the rural Post driver came down our long drive and honked his horn, an indication that he has something too big for the mailbox. My little Zoom Loom had arrived. I let it sit until it got too dark to spin in our loft sitting area and pulled it out to give it a try. I’m slow both setting it up and weaving with it, but know that will improve and it is so small and portable.
One of my spinner friends is also a gardener and she has a too large patch of horseradish growing in her garden. Last week I took starts of the perennial sunflower that I have growing in two locations and she offered some horseradish starts, but there were too many people at her house to take the time to dig it. Today she brought me some and after dinner, I did go out with a spade and clear out a corner of the newest part of the expanded garden and planted 5 of the starts. We are expecting rain for the next few days and I figured it would help them off to a good start.
One of the roots was broken and a couple of inches long and we needed a new batch of the homemade horseradish mustard, so I brought that chunk in, scrubbed it well and grated it for the mustard. It is sitting on the counter fermenting for the next three days before the last two ingredients are added.
Today was day two of the Buffys free ranging with the Americauna littles and the littles are getting bolder and spending more time with the big girls, but in the evening, they return to the chicken tractor.
We observed as they are out and about, that the dark colored one that Daughter named Midnight, is larger that the other three though they were all hatched the same day. She is nearly as large as the smallest Buffy. They will soon be sharing the coop at night.
The moving of the grapes and severely pruning them back didn’t seem to slow them down. Both vines are full of these tiny clusters of forming grapes. As they are close to the ground, I will probably have to fence them off to keep the chooks from feasting on them. The plan is to build an arbor of some sort and encourage them up and over, so perhaps just rings of fencing around them until then will keep them away from the grapes.
Today was a good day. I may spend the next few rainy days weeding while the ground is wet, we will see.