A market/show free weekend!

Which is a bit of a calm before the storm, but Saturday was our Spinner’s Guild meeting and my mind is obviously on other things, as we packed the car with the fibre requests from some of the ladies of the guild, Tim’s knitting board, my spinning wheel, food for a faith lunch, but forgot to pack the alpaca fibre I’m spinning! Thankfully Janet, at the guild was selling her Wensleydale/alpaca rovings produced by Paul from Halifax Spinning, our speaker for the day, so I bought a 100gms and  was able to do some spinning!!!!

Since the British Wool Weekend I’ve been dying some of my native tops in various colours as something a bit different for Yarndale, and from tomorrow I’ll be busy packing up my fibre, knitting wool and yarn bowls into the trailer. Yarndale is my penultimate show of the year and with around 150 stalls it should be a very interesting event, as well as my birthday on the day I will be setting up.

I’ve been given an early birthday present from Holly & Deefa

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A very impressive bird feeder, though I do get the feeling that Holly has an ulteria motive as she likes to chase any pigeon that dares to land in our garden!!!! The bird feeder that was left by the previous owners has been moved to another part of the garden.

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Some of the shy birds seem to like a feeder so near to this bush. You can see in the background that we’ve been working on the veg garden.

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One deep bed is in place, it’s 12ft long and 5ft wide. We’ve also got room for 3 8ft x 4ft deep beds where the kale and redundant chicken house is at the moment. I’ve sprayed the grass in this deep bed and I’m hoping that a friend will deliver a trailer load of manure to fill the bed up, which is about 8″ deep, and left over the winter it should be good and ready for the spring veg planting.
With the fine day we’ve had today, we tided up the border at the front of the house, it was a bit overgrown with clematis, climbing rose and an out of control hydrangea. I took the opportunity to move a very sorry-looking hosta from behind a weeping birch tree to another part of the border where it won’t have so much competition for light etc. I do know that there is a load of blind daffodil bulbs in this border and when they come through in the spring I will dig them up. I’d like to plant some autumn crocus bulbs and cyclamen corms in this border to create some colour to counteract all the green of the remaining shrubs and plants.

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