Friday, September 26, 2008

September blow soft, till the fruits in the loft (1571)

How the weather has changed, the long hoped for summer never really materialised but what lovely unseasonal weather we are having this week. The garden looks lovely, the fruit is all almost in, just the last of the pears to be picked this weekend. I lost one of my pear trees in the high winds a couple of weeks ago, I think the crop was so heavy it just snapped right at the base. So sad.

You can just see the remaining tomatoes in the greenhouse along with cucumbers, peppers, lemons and herbs. In just 3 years I love the way my garden has evolved. I love that it is so productive as well as looking good and being somewhere for the children to play. I particularly love the jams I have made from the black and redcurrants and plums. (Thanks Sandy for reminding me last night why I love my garden!)

I have had a really satisfying week, it was so lovely on Wednesday to spend time with Mhairi whilst the children played. We were able to spin uninterrupted (almost!) for several hours. I have finished about half of my natural New Lanark now and I'm itching to get on with the lovely Black Wensleydale tops I bought whilst in London. Mhairi had some gorgeous Natural Dye Studio BFL in such pretty colours. It really made me want to do some more colourful spinning, to date I have only spun natural colours.

Last night was our knitting night and it was so pleasant and relaxing to be amongst everyone looking at all their FOs and admiring the new patterns. Jo is such an accomplished knitter, her finishing is gorgeous and yet she claims to be a beginner, she really is hiding her light under a bushel.

I am now onto the hood of Sparreholm and feel as if I am on the home run.

Tomorrow I have friends (3 of us share the same christian name) coming to stay, I am really looking forward to it, we haven't seen each other for a long while and we have so much to catch up on. They don't knit so I suspect there won't be much knitting going on but plenty of chatting and dare I say even a little drinking! I suspect all the "other halves" will take themselves off to the Xbox! Boys will be boys.


  1. love the pictures! you can grow lemon trees? but but you're in scotland! how? i wish i lived close by so you could teach me how to make jams and jellies...or i could beg borrow or steal some of yours!

  2. oh Karen your garden looks so lovely you have got a well established feeling to it already. Sorry about the pear tree. We lost one of our Vicky plums last year and the other two are very very close to going hoping not to have much wind this winter... fat chance I know.

    Hope the hood is finished now looking forward to seeing the finished garment.


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