In the past week, two of my three spinning wheels have gone to new homes. The Louët left by mail last Thursday for Connecticut and arrived safely on Saturday. The old Amable Paradis was driven by me about halfway to it’s new owner in North Carolina late this afternoon. The corner only contains the great wheel until tomorrow.
If the tracking is right, the new Ashford Traveller arrives tomorrow. The oils and waxes to finish her are awaiting her arrival. She needs to be stained with the tinted Tung Oil mix at least twice and be dry by Sunday when I will need her at the Smithfield House Flag Day Ceremony. I really would like to get a good coat of wax on too, but don’t want to rush the drying process.
The delivery of the old wheel this evening was at a location chosen by the buyer’s husband. He was to meet me without her and I had to drive to him solo as Jim is in Roanoke for the next 4 1/2 days at his rally. Meeting a stranger in a strange location was a bit scary, but there ended up being 3 State troopers eating in Subway, a gas station, Chinese buffet, and motel all in the parking lot that made me feel better, then he called and said he had missed the exit and had gone miles beyond our designated meeting place in the direction that I needed to go to return home. A new exit was selected between us and the meeting was uneventful, a pleasant retired Coastie, his wife is a lace maker and wants to spin too.
Prior to delivering the grands to Taekwondo and their Mom, granddaughter and I planted the pumpkin and tomatillo seedlings this afternoon. The corn is several inches tall now. Before leaving to babysit eldest grand next week, the Anasazi beans will be planted in with the corn and pumpkins.
Arriving home just before sundown this evening, the annual hay mowing had begun on our side of the ridge. Our farmer friend mows and bales several fields around us including ours and the largest field near us was about half mowed. By the time my week away babysitting and backpacking is done, our fields should be mowed and baled as well.
As it was still light enough to close up the coops and collect eggs without a flashlight when I arrived home, the hens, pullets, and Mr, Croak were secured and the lonely sole egg of the day collected. The hens are so senior that eggs are being offered in very small quantities. It will be nice when the pullets are mature enough to start providing.
The walk over to the coop and back revealed the first Daylily of the season bloomed today. Daylily season is such a joy with the beautiful trumpet shaped, various colored blooms. If only the season were longer. Additions of later and ever blooming varieties have been added to the garden to extend the season but it is still too short.
Though the header is a few nights ago, tonight was another lovely pink post sunset.