. A different sort of weekend. On Saturday we went up to Will's house near Hampton Court. Grandson Ben loves Grandad's
tropical fish tanks, and the task of the weekend was to build a frame for Ben's first fish tank. and Grandad is very good at that.
I occupied myself with a little reading and sketching. Chilling out, avoiding the sawdust and general mayhem.
This morning we all had a challenge to draw a fish
The artists, in no partlicular order - Will, Anna, Ben, Keith and myself.
We returned home this afternoon, tired and dusty, through deluges of rain.
Perhaps a family show at Tate Modern?!!!!!
On my last post I was looking forward to the first indigo vat of the season. Ha, ha! Of course, this is the English summer at it's best. Hot and humid; cold and windy; biblical rain, and that's just the weather. Meanwhile in the garden everything is growing apace, with attendant snails and slugs. But you can have fun with snails. Try a snail race up a fence!
There is, of course, plenty of day time television, The World Cup and Royal Ascot for example. I might just alight on a comfy chair to share coffee and biscuits with my man. Not good for conversation if exciting things are happening on the pitch!
One of my favorite scrap quilts lays across the arm of my chair.
I gathered recycled white cotton and varous scraps ready for last week's indigo vat (which didn't happen.)
Another rummage unearthed dyed fabrics that need 'further attention'.
Yesterday I met up with my friends at Walford Mill. The bags of bits came with me, along with
my wax pot andvarious mark making tools.
White fabric ready for dyeing then over dyeing. The blue and green needs some mark making before over dyeing
I was having such fun I sort of forgot that the wax would still be in liquid form when I drove home - solution below.
A job for this afternoon as it is still raining. a job for this afternoon I think.
the oriental poppies are flowering such depth of colour
the scarlet petals brushed with indigo pollen and the bright lime green and purple seed heads
are eye popping gorgeous
the sun is shinning and it's warm, even hot, which is perfect for vibrant colours
blues at Wimborne Market and in the pot
bright Busy Lizzies glowing in the sun and a bunch of brightly dyed threads
Busy days in the garden. Runner beans already climbing up their poles, rhubarb being eaten - yum.
A great deal of weeding, taming hedges, cutting of grass etc. Enjoying the herbaceous border springing into life.
I'm out and about this week, two workshops locally. Planning the first indigo vat of 2016 at the weekend.