I’ve been being a bit quiet on hear recently because I’ve been having a bit of a rest. Things have still been happening and growing and I’ve just been in my studio painting! Yesterday though I went on a bit of a slow adventure and felt I had to share.
I went on a dyeing and spinning workshop for the day 🙂
We first cooked all the things that had been collected on site on the fire.
Some created quite a good colour like this fresh Alder bark.
This is some of the fleece that we dyed hanging up to dry.
We were shown how to make our own spindle out of Hazel wood….
….and were given some washed fleece so that we could learn to spin.
This is what I came home with. Some swatches of fleece that we’d dyed, our handmade spindle and a small skein of our very own spun yarn!
It was a very good day, but I was really tired when I got home. I think all the fresh (smokey) air did me good 🙂
Actually, it wasn’t found on the market, but it was found on market day! 🙂
This wonderfully cute celestial globe I found in one of the charity shops in town for only £1.00. The moon, inside the sun, inside the planets, inside the galaxy! 🙂
Here’s a long awaited update from the green house.
These are red sweet peppers from bought seed. I don’t want to speak too soon but I think they are doing alright.
These are chilli peppers I got free from a magazine. ‘Demon Red’ There were only five seeds and I have three healthy plants from them. By the sound of their name, they are gonna be hot!
These are ‘Scotch Bonnet’ chillies, from my own saved seed. They are looking good. If you look carefully you can see little buds forming on the top of the plants 🙂
These are common red chillies, medium heat, from my own saved seed. I dried some of these before and they keep well.
Can’t wait until they start turning red. I must look after them carefully now so as not to loose the fruit!:-)
Well there’s been a lot happening at Simple Life HQ, so much so it has kept me away from you.
We’ve had some hot weather the last week or so here and though I love bananas I can’t eat them fast enough. When it’s hot you need some recipes using the ones which have become very ripe! I generally google around for ideas and then make something completely different or inspired be what I’ve seen.
So banana pancakes! I just used the basic batter recipe that I use for just about everything 2 oz flour (I like to use gram flour) 2 eggs and as much milk I need to get it to the consistency I want. (recipe for two people) and then just added half a ripe banana mashed up.
Then I sliced the rest of the banana up and layered them with the pancakes, yogurt and runny honey.
It was delicious.
Using gram flour makes it very light and I use sheep’s yogurt which is very light too and all very good for you 🙂
I am very happy to report the continuation of furniture preservation in my garden.
I now have a yellow chair! I decided that this chair couldn’t be left any longer and needed attention….
and I am quite happy to tell you I painted it yellow.
I am really enjoying the brightness in my garden as the sunshine has been very limited lately, so now I have my very own bit of sunshine 🙂
I had to share this with you 🙂 I took this photo this morning through the window. We must have a bull finch nest in the garden!
Some of you might remember we had some calves born in the field next to us last year. We were sad to see them leave us with there Mums later on. We are glad to inform you that the babies are back living in the field next to us again, but they are not so baby now! 🙂