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May 17, 2020

in this time of self isolation I’m spending my time

gardening, baking, walking – to work off the baking!, and stitching (not even much weaving happening)

nature has taken over -some leaves on the rhubarb are over 3 feet across

I’m spending as much time leaving it on people’s doorsteps as cooking with it

Rhubarb Pecan Muffins

2 cups flour – I use a combination of white and whole wheat

3/4 c. sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking pwd.

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp. salt

3/4 c. chopped pecans – I use walnuts

1 egg

2 tsp. grated orange rind – or lemon

3/4 c. orange juice – I squeezed a lemon and made up the volume with water

1 1/4 cups finely chopped rhubarb

combine all ingredients  Bake @ 350 degrees  25-30 min.

makes 1 dozen

and while I’m still in the kitchen

I’ve gone back to baking bread every week

(and delivering one loaf to a friend hot out of the oven)

all my life I’ve baked with Robin Hood flour

and oatmeal in my favorite cookies

the friendly yellow bag has disappeared – the company ran out of the bags

and are now using plain white ones

it is sometimes hard to find and my store asks that you only take one bag but at least it is available

it is good to get in the habit of reading labels

buy local, support your community and your country

our farmers need your support more than ever

I think this label would make a good tapestry design

meanwhile the hexie bug is occupying my time and mind

I needed to see how they all go together

so what better than indigo boro?

not super tiny but still small – 3.25 cm. across

the center, stripe fabric, from my old shirt looks crazy – because that is the way I feel


and I realize from careful study of the inspiration piece (last post)

that it is all machine stitched – how the heck did they do that?

anyhow now that I am getting accustomed to living alone – really alone

I’m going to straighten future strips and hopefully they will all go in the same direction

here’s what it looks like from the back

there is more to hexie making than meets the eye

cutting all the little fabric squares and cutting the paper patterns

and guess what? you need a lot of the patterns

as the piece grows bigger and you leave the paper in the outside hexies – to keep them stable for stitching

I have great respect for anyone making a large quilt – it would take me a lifetime

on my daily walk I came across several of these trees

does anyone know what they are?

the white “leaf” would seem to be the flower and a hard, round fruit is forming at the stem

also a single, large mushroom – we’ve been having some much needed rain

it is more than 4 inches across, buried in a large patch of ivy and appears to be alone

hard to identify without seeing the stalk and gills

the sun is out – I off for my walk

p.s. – it is amazing the picture you can take

while laying flat on your stomach on the roadside

and pointing the camera up

I wanted a picture before the ‘shroom started to deliquesce

it could be a “shaggy parasol” or Lepiota rachodes although they generally grow in groups

it doesn’t really matter as I don’t think it will dye and I have no intention of eating it



15 Comments leave one →
  1. claire93 permalink
    May 18, 2020 5:36 am

    that’s a lot of baking!


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    May 18, 2020 2:54 am

    My rhubarb is suffering from lack of rain and I don’t have water to spare for it. I always bake bread but flour is proving hard to find. I have put some on the co-op order from the wholesalers but who knows? The hexies are lovely – small ones do take a lot of patience and I have never tried ones as small as yours (last post or this). Sometimes I want stripes to all go the same way and sometimes I want them to wander – it depends on my mood!


    • May 18, 2020 10:18 am

      Sue – wish I could send you some rhubarb. Flour shouldn’t be a problem in Canada but I think it is the processing and marketing that initially held things up. Of course the demand has more than doubled as well.


      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        May 19, 2020 2:41 am

        I can’t help wondering how much of the flour will end up as edible bread and how much will be brick like! Or has the sale of breadmakers rocketed too?


      • May 19, 2020 10:24 am

        Sue – I’ve never used a bread maker, still do it the old way – I love kneading the dough. Haven’t heard any reports of a rise in the machine’s popularity.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        May 20, 2020 3:26 am

        When I broke my wrist I was given a bread maker by a friend who had somehow ended up with two. I used it a couple of times but as soon as my wrist was out of plaster it went on a shelf and stayed there! I too love making bread by hand.


      • May 20, 2020 9:29 am

        Sue – Kneading dough is a good workout.

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  3. May 17, 2020 7:14 pm

    That tree is the Handkerchief tree or Davidia involucrata. It has several other names, but that’s the one I know. I have serious rhubarb envy, it doesn’t do so well around here and I love the stuff. I still have a number of small squares of indigo left over from my Worldwide Friends indigo quilt. May I donate them to your version? Or do you already have more than you know what to do with?


    • May 18, 2020 10:26 am

      Kate – thanks for identifying the tree, it is not very common here. Wish I could share the rhubarb, it is such a common, old fashioned plant that I think many younger gardeners don’t grow it. Of course I do have an abundance of hexie material – and I will not be committing to a quilt! – but I would love just a few of your squares. The memories that are attached to the pieces are more important to me than the end result. And you never know – you might need them for another project. 🙂


      • May 18, 2020 2:14 pm

        At the end of that quilt I still had an abundance, and have been using up indigo scraps ever since. You are most welcome to a selection of them – I don’t think I’ll be making another full-sized indigo hexie quilt!


      • May 18, 2020 5:16 pm

        Kate – I can’t even imagine making one hexie quilt and I’m too old now, there aren’t enough years.

        Liked by 1 person

      • May 18, 2020 5:20 pm

        Kate – I can’t imagine making even one full hexie quilt. Besides, I’m too old now, there aren’t enough years.


  4. May 17, 2020 3:59 pm

    Hello up there on the hill…if you ever feel like a walk down to Gonzales area, let me know – we could have a socially distant chat on my front porch!


    • May 17, 2020 4:37 pm

      Kjerstin – that sounds wonderful but I think I better drive as my back only goes so far and I might not make it home. I still have the book “Our Boots” to give you. We could go walking with the Hittys. My time is my own so let me know when is convenient for you. 🙂


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