Tuesday, September 3, 2013
After a cool and foggy beginning, yesterday afternoon was sunny with a nice breeze most of the time. A nice change from the oppressing humidity of the days before. We had hoped to move the ewes into the hayfield, but it is still not quite ready. So we moved them onto fresh grass in an adjoining paddock.
We cooked up a jewel weed dye pot for the first time over the weekend. We're hoping for a nice peachy orange like Elizabeth Murphy (@sittingtree) shared on twitter a few weeks ago. We boil jewel weed quite often to relieve the itch and heal poison ivy, insect bites, etc. but this is the first time we are trying to dye with it. Hopefully it turns out pretty, as there is plenty of it around.. a benefit of not having had time to weed. We also had another big harvest of hibiscus flowers that are finishing up in a dye pot this a.m. Hope to share some photos of the natural dyeing in a few days.