Showing posts from August, 2017

Organic Cotton

I grew cotton here on the finca for the first time two years ago. It didn't grow very tall and there weren't that many bolls, enough to get a feel for the process and a little understanding of what it's like to spin cotton. Fiddley but I enjoyed it. This year I grew a bit more. The plants were healthier and a bit stronger. I hope this is an indication that our soil improvement is working! So... If anyone wants some seeds. Drop me an email with your name and address. J dot LeGalloudec at symbol and I'll put a few in the post for you. A long hot summer is required for the bolls to form but I believe you can still grow the bushes even if it's not that warm where you live.

The Long Summer

It's still only August and the fig harvest is done and dusted. In fact we received a phonecall before we were ready asking us to bring our figs to the Co op to be weighed. Summer started weeks ago with a searing hot June that took us by surprise. With the exception of a strange week during July when temperatures fell very low the heat has continued unabated. We have had no summer storms. Not even the threat of one. Remember we are not on holiday, we have to work and get on with stuff so constant high temperatures are making life difficult for us. Especially with caring for the trees and the veggie garden. Our almond trees have suffered. Once we realised they were under stress it was already too late. Just crossing my fingers that they will recover with a good wet autumn/winter. The vegetables have been good and bad. Everything fruited really fast or simply bolted. Our tomatoes were incredibly early and finished almost before the cheap tomato glut appeared in the local m

Good with Colour

Some people are just good with colour, I am not one of them. I naturally lean towards chaos in colours or maybe it's that I simply don't see colours the same as most other folk. I know what looks nice when I see it but somehow I can't predict beforehand what is going to look nice. I bought a beautiful book of knitting patterns. It's called Colours of Shetland. It is a goal of mine to learn how to do fairisle knitting and the colour combinations in this book appealed to me. So my challenge was to make almost all the patterns in the book (there is only one I dislike) but using my own homespun yarn. That means, spinning and dying the yarn myself. I didn't even know what size a Shetland Jumper weight yarn was! Well ok, a little research gave me the answer to that one. So I started on my first favourite from the book and spun enough yarn to make the fingerless gauntlets that go with the jumper. It took me a long time to decide whether to go with the same