THE BEACH TOWEL- A GARDEN SURPRISE-THE DYE PARTY

4 08 2017

GREETINGS

Summer is flying by with all kinds of crazy weather.  Last night we had what seemed like hours of terrible thunderstorms and torrential rains.  Some areas had a slight frost in July.   We now have to become accustomed to global warming effects.

THE BEACH TOWEL

The towel is old and tattered but I could not throw it away.  I used it as a teenager, my kids used it and my grandchildren used it.   I am planning on cutting it into strips and making a small bath mat.    I do love repurposing things

A GARDEN SURPRISE

About 4 years ago I ordered three Hazelnut trees.  I planted one at the edge of the side yard chicken area and it grew.  I  had forgotten where the others were and still can’t find them.  I thought I would have to buy another pollinator tree.  I do love the tree its shape is perfect and its a  manageable size.  Walking by it the other day I spotted something unfamiliar  and it is nuts starting to grow.

 What a surprise and the tree is loaded.  Maybe the other trees have survived or there is another one in the neighborhood.  Looking forward to having my own hazelnuts.

THE DYE PARTY

On a perfect summer day in July, Thursday Spinners had what we hope will be an annual event.  It was held on Marti Ferguson’s beautiful  farm.   Set on hill overlooking part of the village of Buckland, the site couldn’t have been more perfect.  In the distance we could hear the baaing of her  Finn sheep and chicken sounds.  Both chemical and natural dyes were in abundance.     Amanda generously shared her Indigo dye pot and as always it was thrilling to see yarn come out of the pot  green and slowly turn to blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  There was painting on roving and yarns and pot dyeing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may look red but is orange and  it is perfect for Raggity Ann dolls hair.

 Other natural dyes were there for all to share.  

   A pot luck lunch with so many goodies to choose from was enjoyed by all.   I will keep putting pictures of the party on future blog.

A NEW KITCHEN

Look for adventures in re doing a kitchen in a 1850 house.  Its exciting, scary and not pretty.  Many thanks for reading my blog on this overcast summer day.   Carole

MAUDE EATING BREAKFAST





NEW SMYRNA BEACH – INDIGO THE PATIO REVISITED

11 10 2012


HELLO,

 

 

 

 

 

While I was with my Mom during her surgery my cousin Gary walked around the town of New Smyrna.  He stumbled upon a museum that he thought I would be interested in.  We took Mom back to Fairgreen, had our lunch at The Patio and went to the museum.  This town of New Smyrna Beach was once noted for growing Indigo.

Dr. Andrew Turnbull a Scottish physician, arrived with 1255 other colonists in New Smyrna Beach in 1768.  They grew many things including Indigo and harvested Cochineal which produces a red dye.  Indigo was known as the King of Dyes and only grown on large plantations.  It brought in a huge price in the European markets.

 

They came up with a vat system to steep and ferment the plant.  According to the booklet “Archaeology of the New Smyrna Colony”.the dye smelled so bad that even the buzzards wouldn’t come near the vats.  When it was finished fermenting it was poured out of the vats and allowed to dry, then it was cut into blocks before sending it to England.

 

I grew Indigo back in the late 80’s.  ANd I do agree about it being smelly.  I had good luck with it but only grew a small amount.  I did buy some seeds at the museum and will try some next year.

This picture is of the vat system.  The following pictures are of some history and the blocks.

THE PATIO REVISITED

I forgot to mention that my chicken salad was full of white seedless grapes.  Who would have thought that would work, it was delicious.

I am back from Florida today, its hard to leave Mom but she is recovering from her surgery well.  I am glad to be back home and the cats were very glad to see me.

Hope you have a  wonderful day and thank you so much for reading my blog.

Carole