Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Slow but steady.

In the absence of a suitable weaving space it has been a no weave start to the year, with a possible 3 month wait still ahead. This can be an extremely frustrating but not a completely negative nor unproductive time.

I managed to finish a quilt that I started many years ago. It was sent as a gift and I have been told that it was very well received by a very happy toddler. Many years of joy. Hopefully the antique white linen used within the pattern will hold up to what I imagine will be some extreme use.

Spring and Summer are always the most demanding seasons on the farm. Not having the space to weave means that I can concentrate on sowing, planting, harvesting and transforming as well as making things "pretty" around the place.

We have among other things:
-many tomatoes to make delicious salads with chioggia beetroot, tarragon and basil.
-an abundance of melons, more melons and watermelons.
-beetroot and cracked black pepper flavoured kombucha as well as other flavours like hibiscus and lavender.
-chickpeas to make all the hummus imaginable.
-a happy well mulched smaller and more decorative garden.
-red onions on their way out and more brown ones to come.
-beans and more beans including some very special Japanese representatives.
-a freshly lime washed house with all the blue oxide trimmings and the obligatory "evil eye".
-fermented cabbage that is beyond delicious.
-corn, corn and more corn that will feed Murça the pig for months to come and which we have also ground to eat when the weather cools down.

So far so good. 

I leave you with Richard Brautigan.

"Karma Repair Kit: Items 1- 4

1. Get enough food to eat,
and eat it.
2. Find a place to sleep where it is quiet,
and sleep there.
3. Reduce intellectual and emotional noise
until you arrive at the silence of yourself,
and listen to it.