Dyeing and Spinning Workshop

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

In the Green house

I’m very happy with what is happening in my green house.

Broad beans ready to plant out,

These potatoes ready to plant,

Tomatoes ready to pot on, peppers and cucumbers,

Mixed chilli peppers,

and a couple of strawberry plants I’ve bought inside to get some early fruit.

It’s time now to sow courgettes and squash. Growing things makes me happy, but I wish the weather would warm up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Peppers

Here’s a long awaited update from the green house.

These are red sweet peppers from bought seed. ย I don’t want to speak too soon but I think they are doing alright.

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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!

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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These are common redย chillies, medium heat, from my own saved seed. I dried some of these before and they keep well.

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Can’t wait until they start turning red. I must look after them carefully now so as not to loose the fruit!:-)

New Life

I’m so excited with the prospect of spring, when the sun comes out I feel so energized! I have started tidying up in the garden and sowed my first few seeds. New life is starting to appear.

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this is rocket on the left and to the right of that you can just see some radish coming through.Life 2
We are heading for a wonderful time of year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sempervivums

I just love Sempervivums, especially when they start flowering, these alien forms start appearing around the garden. I’ve been photographing them over the last few weeks just to show you.Alien forms 2 Alien forms 3Alien forms 1 Alien forms 4

One of the things I like is they are easy to look after and always evolving and easy to cultivate ’cause they have lots of babies. ๐Ÿ™‚

Garden Update

Well, here in Norfolk in the UK, the weather has been very gloomy and dull and the plants and vegetables are reluctant to grow.

I’ll show you the bright bits first. The chive flowers always are a treat.

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The Aquilegia are one of my favourites as they flower for quite a long time.

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The greenhouse is very slow this year, any taste of warmth though and the plants put on a spurt of growth.

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I went out this morning for watering duty and something has been eating my chilli plants

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and my courgettes

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Life for plants is very hard and frustrating for humans.