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shibori – day 2

July 20, 2014

wow! what a weekendphoto1 (2)this is to prove I was actually there – that’s me standing

photo courtesy of Heather

the weather was better so we spent the day outside

photo4the indigo was strong and the colour good

there was also a pot of onion skin yellow

and another of madder root/cochineal

P1050278the amount of work 5 people can accomplish in 4 hours  – and have a great deal of fun

is astonishing

at the end of the day Tripper came to pick up Heather

P1050299don’t think he was impressed

stand by for the details tomorrow

my day started at 6:00am

I woke to the sound of loud shouting – when I opened the curtain I was nose to nose with a man trying to get into my bedroom

on some levels this might be open to jokes – not this time

he ran off to a neighbour’s , as I was about to phone the police another neighbour was jumping into his car with cell phone in hand

I assumed the problem was being dealt with – never assume anything!

I put breakfast on, made tea

went out to water the indigo, but he was still in the neighbour’s yard (they were away for the weekend)

I called the police, they arrived in minutes

as the news people like to say “he was known to them”

they quietly and gently talked him out to their vehicle

I’m a retired psychiatric nurse, I’d already made an on the spot diagnosis

the young man was seriously in medical crisis

the police phoned with an update, they already knew his family details and promised to make sure he got the care he needed

all I can say is I’m thankful to live where I do – no guns were drawn – and hopefully all will be well

the very few times I’ve had to deal with my local police I’ve been positively impressed

thanks guys and gals for keeping us safe.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2014 10:33 am

    What a scene! I’m so glad you and everyone else was safe. Jealous of you living in a place sans guns; I was just at a handweaving conference talking to a weaver about the gun shots she hears on a regular basis (target practice) where she lives. Supposedly, a haven for artists.


    • July 21, 2014 11:58 am

      Aimee – I’ve been following you at Convergence – every weaver’s dream conference. And yes, I am very thankful for where I live, never more so than yesterday, the outcome could have been very different.


  2. July 21, 2014 8:47 am

    Yikes! That would wake one up in a hurry! Glad things were handled safely and well for the poor guy.

    Sorry your shibori class didn’t have such perfect weather but it’s amazing what can get done despite the non-ideal situation. So many lovely pieces! I always think it’s so much fun when a total newbie tries indigo for the first time. It’s such magic!

    Don’t know about your indigo vat, but YOU probably need a few days rest now after all that.


    • July 21, 2014 9:34 am

      Louisa – I’m not a morning person, getting up at 6am is not fun at the best of times. don’t think I want to repeat the process. yep, newbies and indigo are fun but newbies and shibori are almost better. no rest for the wicked!


  3. July 21, 2014 6:24 am

    If I was that person’s family I would be glad to know there were people like you out there. Thanks for being there for him, and then going on to teach other ways to add more beauty to the world!


    • July 21, 2014 6:52 am

      Kjerstin – our understanding of those with mental health issues hasn’t advanced much over the years.
      Lis – the shibori weekend is great fun, it is all my weaving students so many know one another. think the indigo will need a few days rest!
      Kerry – oh yes, it was my day to DYE! and a beautiful blue.


  4. July 21, 2014 5:26 am

    What a scare for you but I impressed to learn that the guy was dealt with with understanding and that the police didn’t go in all guns blazing. Can almost smell the indigo from here 🙂


  5. July 21, 2014 4:17 am

    Yikes! That’s very unsettling and scary–I can feel sorry for the man but am still awfully glad the police intervened quickly! Your dyeing day looks like such fun (I had to go back and change my spelling there . . .)


  6. July 20, 2014 8:47 pm

    Oh, Jean, what a scary thing to have happen! You are some cool cucumber! And so compassionate. I am very glad you are safe. Big hugs!


    • July 20, 2014 8:58 pm

      Heather – I just figured the man was very confused and scared. The policeman gave me a talking to for not phoning immediately at 6. The truth is they took him to hospital 2 days before and they – in all their medical wisdom!!!- discharged him. So much for our health care system. Thank god I’m retired.


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