Yesterday's photo isn't a photo at all, but a scan of a couple of the thank you letter we recieved. I spent the morning with the local primary school kids, they had been brought to the farm on a school trip to see the dyeing. They are studying the Saxons and have already been to Sutton Hoo, so I managed to tell them stuff about some things they already knew. I demonstrated indigo for them, its always a real buzz watching peoples faces as the wool turns from green to blue and especially good when your audience is 20 six to eight year olds. Its nice to be able to put something back into the community - :-)
This is the view from the office door at the farm. The pigeon died sometime last august and as you can see is still there, I am sure it doesn't resemble a pigeon anymore. I think maybe we need to celebrate the pigeon's life and demise in august, maybe we will have a pigeon party..........
Just to prove we made it to Oxford and back. I have decided rather than go lots of places and never take photos I (or Homer depends on who is driving) will take photos while we are sitting at traffic lights.
I had a fantastic shot of the zoom in a cinema door, but stupid bloody camera is playing up, think its a business essential so will try and persuade Homer I need a new one
Went to Oxford to meet our woolly friends for a posh meal and heavy breakfast, its lovely to see them as we normally only meet up at shows. Not surrounded by wool for a change what was the main topic of conversation?? You've guessed it wool! Drove all the way to Oxford in the zoom with the roof down, you couldn't miss us I was the big green yeti in the passenger seat trying to knit socks.
Total lack of photo opportunities when you are struggling to keep warm and stop the wool from blowing away. Still I managed these 2 stunners in the hotel before we went out to get very fat.
Being a girl I have a mirror problem, some are good and some make me look like my mother, as you can "see" from the 2 photos below - :-) (I would apologise for the photos, but amoungst other things I studied photography at art college 200 years ago - enough said I think!)
We need a new office door at the farm, its rotten and when it really rains hard we get a puddle on the office floor. However as you can see we also have a giant furry mouse problem, the mouse eats the door and then proudly sits to have his photo taken with the evidence!
Gert - Daisy's beloved car, she is a white golf, my mother bought her new 17 years ago. Gert then got passed onto my aunt who in turn gave her to me 2 years ago for Daisy to drive.
Gert has had a hard life, runs on thin air rather than petrol, has just had a new clutch as hers broke a few weeks ago, leaving poor Homer stranded 6 miles from home with 2 wet muddy dogs - he was a happy bunny that day - :-)
Anyway Gert had the interior designers in while Daisy was at a drunken college party, I won't show you a close up as most of it is offensive to those of us of an elder disposition. Needless to say somewhere there is a note saying "Dear Mr MOT Man, Please do not read this car!".
Think the name is wrong, but what to call them? Do I carry on the "tits" down to the toes or stop at the ankle? Will these ones fit? Did about 2 inches in the last 12 hours, maybe addiction could be comeing on........
It just struck me that I haven't told you what annatto is
Annatto is a waxy seed pod from a Caribbean shrub (I think its a shrub). The yellow colour comes from the wax, you have seen the dyebath and dyeing, the washing is a problem as I/We have to wash all the wax out or you will get yellow hands.
If you do get yellow hands have no fear as Annatto is used by the food industry as a natural food colour for Red Leicester Cheese (you will never know how difficult it was to type red instead blue - ;-)) and Kippers. I have seen it on other food labels including squash.
I did read somewhere that it is used in Caribbean cookery and spent the whole of december trying to find a cook book with annatto in it for Homer for Christmas. And then sorting through Mothers cook books I came upon one she bought while in Jamica or Barbados or somewhere else beautiful and sunny, so one day Homer may cook with my dyes.
Annatto boiling, it was liquidised this morning, has been simmering all day, one last boil and I will turn it off. It will be annatto day tomorrow.
The white bits on the floor behind the vat are from the dyeroom ceiling, the steam and damp gets under the paint, every so often I "sweep" it, trouble is the room is so damp the paint flakes get stuck to the floor and are difficult to sweep up. The story of my life - unsweepable - :-)
Heidi has just asked me to be her bridesmaid (or rather matron of honour). I have never been a bridesmaid or an honourable matron so am very excited and touched. Here's to many wedding dress searches in our lunch hour (20 mins) - :-)
One baby (& Jam) gone, one Craig gone and number 2 baby to go on saturday, will be then back to Homer, Fred and fluffy animals. The house will be quiet, tidy and lonely.
But at least I get to get back to playing Final fantasy 10, even though Homer got a new game for his birthday (which I bought and can't remember the name) and I will have to fight him for playstation time. The first night he played we sat up to 1.30, he killing, me knitting - happy married life!
Doing some serious site promotion and am working on the website shop. I know how nosy I am and try to limit my Ravelry/blog reading time everyday - its hard, but if I don't start looking until 6pm I normally am able to leave work at 7pm. I am compiling a “your photo’s” page for the website shop. Which in turn led me to think you might like to add your blogs or website links (as long as they mention the Dye studio somewhere). Let me know if you have anything you want to show to the world and I will add you - :-) Because afterall I am not the only one who wants to look.
Being tactlesss I did consider taking photos at the funeral, even though my Dad has obviously know me all my life and is used to me I thought it might just be too much. It went as well as a funeral can go and struck me as an inverted wedding. We were centre stage, all the relations and friends wanted to talk to us, but obviously all the celebration is missing, shame mum wasn't there as she always loved to entertain and be centre stage.
I did pop into work first thing as waiting for the day to start was awful, Heidi did her best to persuade me I wasn't needed and could go home to get on with the day. So I am afraid you only get a photo of one of the dye studio shelves....... A lovely big cone of BFL loop which will eventually become a sheep for the the woolfest and the wool marketing board's carrier bag where Heidi keeps all our wool labels.
I do have yesterdays photo, but stupid desk top seems to have died. Although I can connect to the net from the laptop it doesn't seem to be talking to adobe and won't let me load photos. Am waiting for cyber son to wake up and come and do mouth to mouth.
Feppy is in her final year of her fine art degree and these my little pony sheep were my last years christmas present. I proudly show everyone who is interested and most people get that glazed look when I tell them my little girl made them for me last year and she is now 21!
Homer and Babies, the big one is missing as she had to go back to London to move in with her boyfriend and be a grown up. Outside Cineworld in Ipswich, went to see "St Trinians", ate kebab (yuk) and then went home to watch "Last King of Scotland", again yuk, but without doubt a good film and particularly appropriate as Homer was born in Uganda at the hospital in the film.
I used to take millions of photos when my babies were little. By the time they had reached mid teenage the photos had almost ceased to be taken. This year my resolution is to take a photo a day, these photos will be of anything, not always people or dye studio based, but whereever my mind is wandering at that moment. I am partly taking them as a way for my girlies to keep in touch with day to day dye studio (and home) life, it will make them both read the blog. And partly because I like taking photos and don't take enough. Some days I will not be able to update the blog as we will be away at shows, but will still take the photos. And at the end of the year be left with a bizarre collection of images.