We are off down to Pembroke for a holiday and it's raining yet again here this evening:( I am getting fed up of all the rain we have had this summer .To be fair it has been lovely all day and quite close but I just can't seem to get in a holiday mood somehow. I always hate the build up to holidays. DH packs his clothes sorts the van out with diesel and water and says are we ready !!?. I am here washing ,ironing,cooking, cleaning the house ......now who else cleans the house before they go on holiday ? I always do it , make sure the bed is stripped and clean for when we get home and all the washing & ironing up to date, clean the oven, polish the cat blah, blah , blah and then I wonder why I am knackered when we eventually drive off. Am I mad ? I think so !!
I feel in way that this holiday has been thrust on us as DH workplace is closing down over the Bank Holiday due to costs and we had to use up the holiday time we had planned to go to Scotland with in September :(
We NEVER go on holiday in AUGUST !! Also we have house guests staying whilst we are away and I for a change would rather stay at home and play ;) Still they will be able to explore far better on their own and they deserve a wee break, don't you think ?
So this week I have been trying to cram in all sorts and its been hard going and I could sleep for the entire holiday the way I feel now.The natural dyeing day went well though and here are a few samples of what I did. Again its hard to get the colours to show proberly and they are richer than this photos shows.
I was wanting to try more of the blues , greys, mauve's and purples this time as I have plenty of plant ideas for the greens , yellows and russety shades. There were a few very surprising plants used and the one that surprised me the most was pansy's which gave the most wonderful blue. Someone had also managed to grow indigo and we were able to get a result, albeit not as dark as it can be but none the less it worked and it was grown locally .
It was a perfect summers day with blue skies and we all had such fun and a gorgeous picnic plus the location was perfect too.
So armed with more natural dye colours I did a few more rovings which I love and don't know if I can even part with . They are supposed to be for the shop but I would love to spin them all!! As I am going away I haven't listed any thing this week as it seemed pointless . If I do sell them though they will have to be slightly more expensive due to the amount of time it takes to make them.
As yet no names for them all
Can you believe that they are natural ? aren't they just lush ?
Here is just one of the acid dyed ones that I particularly like .
So we are off tomorrow on a holiday and I am sure that once I get there and sleep for two days I will be fine and who cares if it rains all the time ; we are meeting up with friends who are coming up with their van , we will have fun we will have laughter and we will probably wish we could have stayed longer !!See you when we get home :)