in which our plucky heroine notices the beauty in the everyday....
The apple tree in the backyard has become a sort of pet vegetal companion, as I learn by doing how to care for it.
While I am pretty arachaphobic, somehow I don't mind that tiny spiders build webs here and there in the apple tree. The tree has it's own community of folks that live with it, I am only probably the biggest one. There were several webs visible today, in the early morning light...
There is an apple ripening that is already bigger than the palm of my hand, on one branch. This is one reason why the books say to thin the baby apples to only one in each cluster of infant fruit. For the last two years I have been learning how to prune the tree, to keep it productive and at a height I can reach without a ladder. I am slowly learning as well the other ways to encourage it to produce apples that will be a treat for our plucky heroine. If you have ever seen a neglected apple tree, of which there are plenty all round the city, you have surely seen the clusters of plum sized scabby fruit which even so are likely worth picking for cider should one happen to have a cider press (I don't have a cider press, or the vehicle to transport masses of produce).
some apple "footie" covers and kaolin powder as mechanical barriers to help protect the fruit from insects, which will help dissuade the apple maggots and codling moths. I acquired the relevant supplies too late this year to use them)
While decluttering, I found a random rayon challis tank top summer dress. More hot weather clothing is sorely needed, but tank tops are not my best option. Fortunately the dress is at least six inches too long, being almost ankle length, so slicing off the hemline at a more-safe-for-bike-riding level will allow for plenty of matching material for covering my shoulders. I was initially thinking of trying to draft a short sleeve, but then saw this simple tutorial that I can easily adapt... There might even be enough leftover fabric to do something interesting with the overly wide neckline as well... shall see what ensues (photos later when there is something to see)
I've been putting off sewing for myself for
July SMART goals
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||pewter casting||Thora cuff trim||bag of hangers|
|2||charter #12||Thora trim bands||yard waste bin|
|3||charter #13||pruned apple tree||bag to Goodwill|
|4||chicken hurdles||hem rayon dress||bag to Goodwill|
|5||-||-||bag to Goodwill|