an interesting thing to share with everyone. Last week when I was going
into work on Saturday, I drove past a field that usually has cows in it.
This morning I saw about a dozen hen turkeys and the Tom was there with
his tail all fanned out and he was just strutting his stuff! I stopped
to watch until I could tell they were getting spooked and I went on to
work. I have never seen that in "real life." I have seen
pictures of the Tom's all puffed up and always thought it looked so fake
but they really look that way! It was such a joy to start the day that
way. I made a point to go home the same way figuring there was no way
that they would still be there 8 hours later but guess what? They were
in the same field but had moved back closer to the woods. The Tom was
still there but he wasn't strutting at that time. He still had about a
dozen admiring hens around. We are blessed with a very healthy
population of wild turkey. I hear them in the trees at night and
occasionally one will come soaring down our hillside towards the river.
I hope everyone is enjoying the warming weather and I will write again
Hope everyone is enjoying a taste of spring (finally!) We still need our fire at night but seeing the bright blue sky and feeling the warmth of the that sun sure does a body good.
On a weather note, we are flooded out right now. We had an ice/snow storm last week and now torrential rains and the river is rising. Luckily we are WAY above that 300 year flood plain! Stay dry and think Spring!
I looked out over the valley today and could that be a hint of red I see at the tips of the maples? And the sycamore trees have a slight hint of yellow to the twigs of their branches. It was a pleasantly warm day today, highs in the 50's, and the birds were singing like it was spring. We aren't through with winter yet by a long shot. We had a late freeze last year in May and it ruined my fruit harvest. I don't wish for a repeat.
else around here is well. We had a fun night at church last night
(Sunday). We try to have a pot luck and fun night once a month and
last night we played some non-competitive games. It was a lot of fun for
young and old. Of course, there was way too much food! I didn't overeat,
though. I'm trying to lose a few more pounds and I am at a point where I
may have to do something I don't like. My husband and I lost
over last year by just changing our shopping habits. I refuse to resort
to torturous calisthenics! Keeping sheep, goats, llama and pigs fed and
watered and the wood pile full is enough exercise for me!
I have been working on some socks. I usually have several projects going at once so if you are wondering about my weaving, well I'll get back to it later! Knitting is easier when you want to sit in the living room near the fire. My loom is upstairs in my bedroom so I usually work up there when I get an afternoon to spend. The socks I'm working on are being knit from some yarn that I dyed in a workshop last year. The colors all came from mushrooms. If anyone is interested in the process, find the book, "Mushrooms For Color" by Miriam Rice at your library or bookstore. The colors I have to work with are all those colors that were popular in the '70's: shades of gold, orange, tans, avocado - all those earth-tones. I have one sock finished and am starting on the mate. If I can figure out how to send a photo, I will send one so you can see the colors. They all go so well together.
Meet Patty & her family
First, I'll introduce myself. My name is Patty Ramsey and I live in Appomattox County, Virginia. My husband, Mike and I build banjos for a living and I am a rural carrier substitute. That means I carry the mail on Saturdays.
We have 2 daughters, our oldest, Sarah is 20 yrs. old and out on her own. She lives in Lynchburg and goes to the community college there at nights and manages a Zip Ship store full time. Her days are full. Our youngest daughter, Rachael, is a sophomore in high school.
We have 23 acres of hillside that drops to the Appomattox River. I raise sheep, goats, chickens, we have 3 pigs at the moment and I have one llama. My hobbies include knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing - natural and chemical, and we love camping and travel and of course, old time music!
Measuring Warp for a few Rag Rugs
Right now I am in the process of measuring warp for a few rag rugs. I have a collection of old sheets and I need the drawer space so it's time to use them for something! I have a 4 harness loom so I will warp it in one of the twill sequences. I had a straight twill warp on it the last time. This is simple one thread in each harness, 1-2-3-4 and repeat, 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4 etc. I reversed this sequence in the center so that the "slant" that occurs when you weave in a standard twill reversed itself there. Weaving twill involves the weft going over and under two threads at a time so each time I treadle, I am raising 2 harnesses. The twill treadling sequence would be 1+2, 2+3, 3+4, 4+1, repeat. This time I am going to warp the loom in a rose path or herringbone pattern. The warp sequence will be 1-2-3-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-3-2, repeat. I think if you have followed me this far you get a vague idea what this will look like when woven. /\/\/\/\ By altering the treadling after a certain number of rows are completed.
to keep you entertained with the activities in our homestead. My
daughter Rachael has taken up playing the cello and Mike is working some
duets up for them to play. He plays violin. I listen! I can play
along with old time music on the guitar if they stay in a key I know.
But it's been relaxing listening to the two of them work out some pieces
for church. Let me know if there are any questions in particular
you would like me to answer. I am looking forward to chatting with all
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