Friday, June 25, 2010
My old friend
Monday, June 21, 2010
And that's the week that was
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
So what have I been doing with myself? I've been making a little summertime food again. Blueberry Crumble is an easy, light dessert that is mostly guilt-free. It's a recipe from Cooking Light and, at this time of year when blueberries are in season, it's cool, fresh and refreshing.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Some (slow) progress
looking out the back windows
looking down toward the house
Something happens when you live in the country a long time. You get accustomed to not seeing anyone every time you go in and out of the house. I know it's not just me because I have friends who have recently had projects going and they feel the same. I find it incredibly distracting and disturbing to have people working here. I just want them to hurry up and let me have my space and privacy back. So, now the problem is that I'm mad when they don't show up to work and I'm mad when they are here and want them gone! It's a lose-lose situation! Oh well, I guess this falls under the category of no pain/no gain. I've waited more than 30 years to have a place of my own to work in and I don't suppose a few more weeks (please, not months!) will kill me.
I love so much about this building already. There are many, many windows for such a small structure and the light in there is wonderful. Plus, I sure can't complain about the views. It's sheep, alpacas and llamas in all directions. I can just picture myself in there spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting. All of it and all of my "stuff" contained in one place instead of all over. No more dyeing in the barn aisle or on the garage porch. Yeah, for that!
looking from dye room toward kitchen
So, here is where we are today and I'm hoping very, very soon to have pictures of the finished project. (I'm having the same dilemma that Sara faced when she built her "wool house" last summer. Calling it a studio seems a little grandiose for the kinds of things I do, but so far I've not come up with anything better. Any suggestions?)
Monday, June 7, 2010
Don't know about where you are, but we are having a banner year for clover. I can't remember ever seeing so many white clover blooms in our pastures. The sheep, of course, are loving it. Yesterday I turned the ewes and lambs out into what we call the triangle field (because it was a triangle when we moved here-now it's a big rectangle, but we just keep calling it the triangle-old habits and all that). It's been somewhat confusing for the lambs to be in such a large area and there's been much calling back and forth when the lambs lose their mothers. I love the sight of the birds riding around on the backs of the ewes and lambs. It just strikes me as so funny! The sheep are completely oblivious.
I'm being forced to use my new camera these days because my beloved old one isn't working. The date for the photography workshop with Gale Zucker is coming up quickly and I can hardly wait to learn in a relaxed, no pressure way, how to take better pictures. Gale assures me that no one has the need of a fancy camera. The whole workshop is geared toward taking better pictures with the equipment you have. The openings for the class are limited, so if you are thinking about joining us for a really fun weekend, please go here and sign up today. Gale took the pictures for the book, Shear Spirit, and reading the different reviews of her previous workshops, I think I can safely say we are going to have a great time. (And as an added bonus, we'll being going on a short "wine and cheese" llama trek at my friend, Lindy's beautiful farm, at the end of class time on Saturday.)