NEW LOOM, VISITING FRIENDS-GARDENERS BASIL & LIME SOAP-BUS TRIP TO THE 2018 MARYLAND SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL.

15 05 2017

GREETING FRIENDS

MY FAVORITE SPRING FLOWER

Today is the last of the rainy, dreary, damp and cold days.  The sun is suppose to come out this afternoon and the winds are going to pick up and dry it all off.  We are certainly not in a drought situation any more.   There is so much to do this spring I have almost finished manuring and weeding the front yard and need to get to the back this week.  I am transplanting some wild raspberries  near a fence in the front area, hoping to be able to contain them better.  My female elderberry isn’t doing well, does anyone know if they are hard to root.  I would love to start some new ones.  The male plant is flourishing.

NEW LOOM AND A VISIT WITH FRIENDS

I have been looking for a loom for months now and knew that one would come along.  When mentioning it to my friends Ulla and Dick they said they had the perfect one for me.  A 36 inch Leclerc  4 harness loom.  It’s a beauty. And there is a story behind it.  They drove up to Canada to pick it up!  Solid Maple which will be good for rugs.  About a year after I sold my looms I did a workshop at The Springfield Weavers and realized that I missed weaving.  Especially overshot which is my favorite weave.   And  also I needed a way to use up the boxes and boxes of hand-spun yarn in the sewing room.  I have decided to have it in my downstairs bedroom and have taken the room apart and made room. Now I would like to refresh the room with some paint and the loom will have a new home.

I had a wonderful visit with Ulla and Dick on the loom picking up day.  It was shearing day for them and it was wonderful to watch Aaron (my new shearer) get the job done.  He has just gotten back from Australia where he sheared hundreds of sheep.

Ulla in the background and Aaron shearing

  We had a wonderful day remembering old times,  new projects and garden ideas.  I can’t wait to visit again to see the new weathervane that Dick is making.  I was lucky enough to see a picture of it almost done.  Itsa carved turtle.  Next time pictures.  When I next visit them they will have their new chickens.

THEIR SHEEP ALL SHEARED

LYMES

The 90 days on Doxicycline did very little for the Lymes Disease I have.    I did tolerate it well though.  I will now be on another antibiotic as it is summer and with Doxi I could have a severe reaction from the sun.  I will be on it for at least 6 months and there is no guarantee.  I have to try it .  I have already had many ticks on me they say that this year is going to be one of the worst.  I am going to make up a herbal concoction to spray on myself each day.

BASIL-LIME WITH GROUND UP CORN GARDENERS SOAP AND OATMEAL SOAP

 

I made these two soaps a couple of weeks ago and they are now drying on racks.  They will be ready for the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fest.  The kitchen is filled with their smells. It was the first time I used my grinder and I love it.

 

BUS TRIP TO THE 2018 MARYLAND SHEEP AND WOOL FEST

I am arranging a bus trip to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in 2018.  I am working with a bus company and The Sleep Inn in Frederick, Maryland for our sleep accommodations.  Its early but I hope that we will leave on Friday and return sometime Sunday.  I have not worked up a price but included in the price will be hotel, bus, price of admission.  Meals will be on your own.  Breakfast is served at the hotel, there are many places to eat at the fair and evening meals are walkable from the hotel.  This is the biggest sheep and wool fest in the US.  You will not be disappointed.   I was a vendor at this show for almost 20 years and never got sick of it.  It was always exciting.  Fleeces are available from all over the country, yarns, looms and the most extraordinary things from the hundreds of vendors.  There is a barn full of sheep and  something going on every minute.  The drive is approximately 9 hours .  You will enjoy the hassle free ride and will be able to nap, read knit or whatever on the way down.  And remember we will be on a bus and a bus has plenty of room for purchases!!!!!!  You may sign up now to be put on a list.  There are only 37 seats available and people are signing up now.  This sign up does not obligate you to go it just gives you first choice.    PLease e-mail me with your name and address .  wspines@aol.com.  At this point I am not sure where the bus wil stop to pick up people.  I am hoping Greenfield or Deerfield and maybe Northampton  or Springfield.

2018 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

  • May 5 & 6, 2018
  • 8:30AM – 6PM Saturday
  • 8:30AM – 5PM Sunday
  • Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD
  • Admission: $5.00
  • No pets…please leave your dog at home

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a lovely day.

Flowers in front of the house. The purple ones are money plant

 

 

 


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