Tuesday, June 30, 2009

a piece of history

As I was playing in my garden today my very elderly neighbour came out with a booklet about making a box loom. This little booklet was published by the Community Programmes Branch of the Ontario Department of Eduction. It lists the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners executive. There are no postal codes or any date. Quite the piece of history and it would be great to contact anybody affiliated with this booklet as they may like it for archival sake.
Happy Canada Day (tomorrow)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Things that get in the way of weaving

Days should have 48 hours, I should get paid more for less time at work, my house should be self cleaning and my husband should learn to cook. There are a lot of things that get in the way of creating. At this time of year the garden and yard work place huge demands on my time. It is close to the end of my school year and so much needs to be done.
But today I needed to deal with lots and lots of tomatoes. A good friend has many connections and through these ended up with 8 crates of greenhouse tomatoes. I was given one. So after a full day of work I had to chop tomatoes, red and green peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro for salsa. 18 Pints worth of salsa. The last nine jars are boiling away in the canner as I type. My darling daughter very graciously bought pizza so dinner was taken care of. And now I must take my weary body off to bed. ...Maybe I'll just fix my selvege........

Friday, June 5, 2009


It is finally cool enough to spend some time in the garden (don't get me wrong I love the heat but it's best for lazy activities). I had been thinking that my veggie garden is quite lame this year. My poly sheeting green house did not survive our wind and snow of this past winter and as I am paying for new front teeth for my son somehow my greenhouse is low priority. And I am thinking about a garden replan so it's location may change.
I ramble on back to my adventure in the garden. I went out to play and put a few seedling veggies into the beds. Weeds seem to have taken over my beds grrrrrr. But wait what am I seeing not weeds but many many self seeding tomato plants. how can this be then I remembered I topped my beds up with compost. Last season when I cleaned up the green house I discarded my tomato plants into the compost. There were some straggler tomatoes no longer edible and a few green. Although the soil looked great from the compost the seeds survived. I transplanted some to other areas. I have no idea what they will become or how many will survive.
Another happy dance occured when I saw new leaves on the little fig tree that I had started from a cutting. I thought the snow had killed it but it is starting new leaves near the bottom. And the hops are growing as well.
Things inside get put to the side in good weather.
Happy weaving , gardening, or whatever your current passion may be.