Monday, March 26, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
And here is another twig-fence, on one side of the garlic patch. It takes quite some time to weave even a small bit of twig-fence, this is about 2 ft high and 4 ft long, and took about three hours to create. The other three sides of the garlic have "fencing" made from salvaged panels from modular shelving, to protect my young garlic from hennish depredation, while I slowly find the spare time
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Warm wind on Sunday, and it really felt like spring, I went out and about without a coat…all the sweet scent of the neighbors' daphne, and the ornamental cherry street trees… the trees in my front yard have pink blossoms and tiny purple leaves. I want to be out in the yard planting things, and did manage to get a row of sugar snap peas planted today. Now to find the time to make a trellis for them, and a twig fence to keep the hens away from the tender pea sprouts to come.
As I'd mentioned, Bill and I will be teaching in Seattle next weekend, and are looking for a place to stay on Friday and Saturday night. The school where we're teaching is in the U District, so if any Seattle folk would like two traveling artists as temporary guests for an evening or two, now is your chance.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Yesterday (a work-at-home day) was sunny, and warm, and what I wanted to do was to work on the garden space. Among other chores, I need to move one of the garden beds to where the former maple tree stood. Unless I take apart the wood sides of the raised bed, it is too big and awkward to carry. I pried the frame up from the soil using the shovel as a fulcrum, after removing the trellis that was nailed to the sides, but quickly realised that it needed more hands to actually re-locate it.
I happily spent a number of hours creating a fence panel and gate to close the side yard off. The thin branches from pruning the front yard trees are perfect for this simple rustic craft, and using cord lashing and simple weaving there is now a barrier to keep my hens in the grassy backyard rather than hanging around the back door. I hope to use more of the sticks and branches to make low barrier fences around the garden beds, for once there are seeds planted and sprouting, the girls will have to go elsewhere in the yard for their dust baths. The few long branches will make a good tall tepee-trellis for growing sugar snap peas, which I hope to plant in the next few days…
The baby artichoke plant got moved to the side yard, and the little plum tree switches from Wanda have been planted, tho' I'm sure they are not in their eventual homes, they will be happier in the ground than in a bucket. I'd like to have Morwen come and look at my yard, to give me advice about fruit tree placement. When it comes to this garden stuff, I am such a beginner…
It’s another Tea Party of Crafty Goodness. Come anytime after Noon on Saturday March 31, 2007. As always, tea and tasty snacks will be provided, and additional tasty snacks are always welcome.
Friday, March 2, 2007
In my pleasure at finally deciding to attend A&S, a relatively local event, as in I can attend without having to stay in a hotel, I somehow forgot that an all day event still requires me to come up with a dog-emptying arrangement. As her own darling self cannot stay home alone for a whole long day without dire consequences for the interior of my house, not to mention that she would feel terrible about said consequences and rub her face raw trying to cover it up with her nose rubbing across the carpet.
One reason that I didn't go to events last year, aside from the "I just bought a house and now I don't have any money", was that I have not yet been able to find anyone who loves Smokey and doesn't have cats, or other dogs, or is willing to just come over and hang out at my house. (She loves all people except burglars, but she doesn't really like most dogs, and wants to play with cats, which is not fun for the cats
Sigh... I will be calling around this afternoon after work, to see if any of my friends might be not going to the event, and would be willing to come by my house and take her for a spin around the yard to pee. My backup plan is to bring her and keep her in the car all day, with water and open windows, and a couple of visits from me to walk her around the parking lot. I really do feel like some kind of moron, I've been planning on coming to this event for weeks, and only last night, had this realisation...