October 15, 2013
Booths. This BTW was the smallest of the 6.
Add a chunk of freshly grated ginger, some local honey and a little local orange marmalade
Top with a crumble made from flour , butter , barley flakes, dark brown sugar , allspice and a few left over pecan nuts.
Bake in oven until golden and you see pear juices caramelising on top of crumble.
Serve it with fresh live yoghurt
Delicious taste of Autumn.
I've been chatting to a friend about colour and its effect on our spirits, especially during the dark half of the year. I mentioned some merino silk I had dyed and how I was trying it out on a spindle. TBH once I started to spin it I realised I wanted to use a wheel not the spindle as it just felt so gorgeous and was so bright. As its getting quite late in the day the full glory of the yellow doesn't show, its almost fluorescent
As you can see and for some reason this photo has turned sideways. Very weird. The fibre is 70% merino and 30% tussah silk from Adelaide Walker and I dyed it with procion acid dyes.
October 13, 2013
I had struggled to find elderberries this year. We had found plenty of blackberries and black currants but no elder. However last night 2 very dear friends arrived with 11 pounds of elderberries so the fun could begin:) They only took part of the forest harvest, leaving plenty for winter feed for the animals and birds. They even prepared them for me so no taking them off the stalks needed.
Here you see the first stage, fruits simmering slowly to release the juices.
October 12, 2013
We had an out today to a new event - Kendal wool gathering. Held in the K shopping village in Kendal(gateway to the lakes)
Free event, free parking and very good for a first event.
I didn't need anything but saw this yarn and loved it. It was a new to me dyer Yarn garden
The website is under construction but well worth a visit. This is called Tree Lupin and comprises 70% BFL, 20% silk and 10% cashmere. 100gms 400 metres.
Not a colour I'd have thought of buying or dyeing but I loved it.
Who were also very interested in the alpacas;)
We were then taken to a rather splendid eatery by the friend we were with and this is my part eaten lunch before I tackled the rest. Cumin crusted lamb flatbread with salads. Very delicious