They left on Friday. I have to admit, I have missed the morning and evening braying for meals. They always let me know when I was running late.
Also in the farewell category I believe is the lame turkey hen. We saw a small flock of hens and a BIG beautiful tom but no lame hen. She struggled last year to raise her clutch, starting from 10-12 chicks to just 4 young adults as far as I can tell. By the late fall, she was slower and lighter looking than all the others. I might be surprised yet, but I don't think so. Along with the beauty that our location provides and the opportunity to follow our resident wildlife, so to, is the knowledge that their lives are dictated by mostly natural forces and well out of our control. I tamper a little, providing seed for all who come in the fall, winter and spring, a piece of freezer burned meat placed way out on the back 40 for whatever may find it, an extra egg or two doled out here and there for the fox pair and a fresh bucket of water daily for the needy in all seasons. Our best efforts are to keep the wild places wild and be a good steward of the land.
We have had a stretch of cold weather, changeable grey skies and since it is Monday, it must be a snow day! Two inches of white fell overnight. A little sewing has gone on, a lot of laundry and a big fresh pot of vegetable soup to keep us warm and full over the weekend.
I played with patterns this weekend. Taking my retro raglan pattern and trying something different.
It needs tweaking, but I love the pull over tunic idea.
I also took the Simplicity pattern (1810A) and did some work with that.
Making it more A-line and moving it along in evolution towards the perfect tank/cami pattern.
Next iteration will have a scoop neck instead of a V, a little more room in the armholes as the binding does add some bulk, and be shorter for wear under something.
I had lots of fun with these.
Ghost fabric tag.
There has been a discussion on Pattern Review about making the clothes you really want to wear as opposed to "pattern fashions", a term coined by Mary in the discussion. To that end, I have finally found a reason to use Pinterest. I have been pinning styles I like and then going through my existing patterns and thinking of ways I can get from them to the pinned look. Talk about sparking creativity and a great way to start learning to draft and drape. It was a push I needed.
This week the suitcase comes out, the barn will get organized and cleaned a bit, Peter and Miss Bea's pills will be put in daily doses to make life easier for Gene, instructions written, phone numbers updated, packages mailed and the general craziness that precedes my annual exodus to the homeland. Those lobsters must be quaking in their shells!
Parting shot: Smoochie & Robin, just hanging out.