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another day at home

June 24, 2021

the bears wanted to know what I do all day and why I don’t play with them

so I explained that gardening was hard work

I was cutting bamboo to make a fence to try keeping the deer out

they are eating my lettuce, peas, radishes and even the strawberries

and the bears like strawberries on their yogurt

but the deer don’t eat the foxglove

Little Bear wanted to play with the daddy longlegs

then we rested in the shade garden and talked to Sir Froggy who was snoozy in a sunny patch

 they noticed the Studio sign and wanted to see what happened in there

when it gets too hot to garden it’s a good time to weave

Arthur is going to supervise – if he knew what to do?

 Little Bear thinks the big, rag weaving boat shuttle would make a good canoe

“let’s go to the beach!”

then he remembers that he is made with woven fabric and why don’t I weave a little sister?

meanwhile Gilbert and Arthur are discussing the pros and cons of weaving tea towels

and when we can have a studio tour again can they come too?

too many questions

the tea towels are progressing slowly

who is crazy enough to weave narrow stripes in the weft?

these are finished using natural dyed cottons and rolled onto the back beam

and that is how one day drifts into another – thank you bears for keeping me company

14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2021 10:56 am

    I’m thinking of trying weaving but I guess it requires a lot of patience?

    What type of loom have you got?


    • June 26, 2021 11:29 am

      Helen – Yes, it takes patience but so do ALL traditional crafts, it also requires a certain dedication, time and equipment. Start with a GOOD teacher. I mainly weave on a 16 harness AVL manual dobby loom and also have three table looms on floor stands, two 8 harness and one 4 harness. Also a floor standing tapestry loom. I taught weaving to the handicapped for 12 years and then private students in my studio after retiring. The materials required are not inexpensive. Ask yourself why you want to weave?? Good luck and have fun.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    June 26, 2021 8:03 am

    I am so glad you have company when you are working on your own – even if you have to do all the voices yourself. I don’t have deer in the garden but I do seem to have a lot of slugs this year. No point in trying to fence them out, I hope your bamboo is successful in stopping the deer.


    • June 26, 2021 10:39 am

      Sue – well, slugs don’t have the visual appeal that the “little Bambi” do but they can’t eat the same volume and can be controlled if one chooses. The garden is completely fenced – 7 foot solid wood in the back but they crawl under the cedar hedge and come from the neighbour’s where the fence is only 3 feet. Persistent little B’s. The municipality has a major problem but the politicians don’t seem able to deal with it/them.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        June 27, 2021 2:45 am

        That is very true Jean. I hope your new defences work. It is so frustrating when plants we have tended diligently get munched!


      • June 27, 2021 10:34 am

        Sue – yesterday afternoon when I took the compost out a large deer was settled down in the shade of a shrub. She looked like she was settling down for the summer and wasn’t even startled when I shoo-ed her off. My plants are like children, I get very protective.

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  3. June 26, 2021 6:39 am

    Love those bears and their thoughts.


    • June 26, 2021 10:44 am

      Noilin – the world is so serious that the bears and I needed a little light relief. It is good fun to enjoy a second childhood and has some delightful benefits.

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  4. June 24, 2021 2:40 pm

    Love your beary friends, helping you have fun, and yes when is “sister” coming 🙂


    • June 24, 2021 2:58 pm

      Catherine – more or less decided on weaving the fabric so have to wait until the loom is empty. And I’m afraid to tell the boys but it won’t be a little but a big sister and she may be just a little bossy.

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  5. June 24, 2021 2:10 pm

    It would be unbearable without them – eh?
    Drat about the deer rampaging, I hope the bamboo deterrent is successful – you need your bearies!

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    • June 24, 2021 2:21 pm

      Kjerstin – oh, well done! They are beary special. Drat those deer I don’t know why my garden is so appealing that they go over 2 high fences to get in!!

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