Thursday, 24 August 2017

Burghfield Allotments

I walked round to the allotments this morning and took loads of photos. Came home and processed them all. But also slightly miffed. I loved having an allotment but feel I am too old to handle it. However I got into conversation with an allotmenteer who had a find display of zinnias and discussed his plants and successes. Many and various - actually he was not boasting I could see for myself. What did surprise me was that he had two allotments and the one I saw was tiny. I could manage that. Hmmm! I can just hear what Dorothy will say to that. However the allotmenteer suggested I should get a mini Rotatiller which would avoid digging. The soil looked sandy to me and not clay as in our garden. Now I wonder.

 The allotment zinnias with dahlias raised from seed beside them. But mostly it was veg - and sunflowers. Everyone had sunflowers.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.