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the postman came

November 19, 2021

the second order of the “Exotic Spinbox” arrived from Sanjo Silk

this time in the “Metal” colourway

the same selection of fibres

from the left; silk/camel, mohair (bunny), silk roving, silk/wool and hankies

I’m trying to control myself and not just rush in to try the new colour

first I need to finish the mohair from the first boxI’ve been hand carding it with mulberry silk and a Merino/silk blend

years ago son Paul raised California rabbits and I had an grey angora bunny named Winston

so I’ve had some experience spinning and it is so light, fine and fly-away that I learned to blend it

and also, if spun on its own then woven or knitted it will shed – all over everything – including a black tuxedo!

it spins like a dream on the Turkish spindle and is so-o light it’s like holding air

there is a generous supply of angora so I’ll be carding and spinning through the winter

the silk/camel blend from the first box is all spun – gorgeous too – when the second lot is spun I’ll ply it

spinning is the only thing keeping me sane in trying times

British Columbia has experienced the worst natural disaster in history

40 hours of torrential rain caused rivers to overflow, landslides to block major highways, bridges to collapse and farmlands to be submerged

it all happened so fast thousands of animals were drowned in their barns

an entire town has been evacuated along with hundreds rescued by helicopter

supply trucks are stuck or simply can’t move – every major highway in the province was closed – many in total ruins

gas stations have run out of gas, stores have empty shelves

there are always the selfish idiots who grab everything – to hell with anyone else

the army has arrived and slowly things will get better

Victoria is o.k., carrying on, I am damp but safe

if you ever doubted global warming and climate change – believe it and do your part, nothing is too small

don’t wait for a disaster to come your way

my prayers go out to all those severely affected


12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2021 9:23 pm

    Oh my…natural disasters do seem to come out of nowhere. And then there is those humans who have to rush and get massive supplies – that means that a good % of others miss out. Yes stay home, eat what you’ve got, keep safe and warm and of course spin some more yarn…looks luscious that fibre
    I remember last year when a Tsunami warning occurred during a lockdown and everyone that was on the shorelines to move to higher ground, the lockdown was abandoned for a few hours as bubbles intermingled – then just as suddenly the warning was lifted and people were told “get back home…”


    • November 20, 2021 10:23 pm

      Catherine – well, this is not going to be fixed in days or even weeks. Gas is restricted for another 10 days and unless someone figures out how to get produce around all the highway closures it is going to be pretty slim pickings. Can only hope for the best

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  2. November 20, 2021 5:14 pm

    Following on from Kathy’s comment, Queensland’s highest recorded rainfall *in 24 hours* was 907mm. But we are used to it, and expect flooding annually, and are set up to deal with much higher levels of flooding than other places. Having that kind of volume of water descend suddenly is catastrophic, and I’m desperately sorry to hear of how badly the deluge has affected BC.


    • November 20, 2021 10:32 pm

      Kate – parts of B.C. are considered a temperate rain forest, we have floods every year but this is being called unprecedented – and there is another storm coming in from the Pacific. It is terrible for people losing their homes and incomes.

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  3. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    November 20, 2021 6:08 am

    I read a news article about the floods and am so relieved to know you are safe – my knowledge of the geography of your part of the world is pathetic so I couldn’t tell if you were in danger. Take care and enjoy your box of delights.


    • November 20, 2021 11:34 am

      Sue – Vancouver Island is the western most land in Canada and Victoria is on the southern tip with a cup of U.S. land to our south and west (the border takes a jog). The problem here is that most goods come to the Island from Vancouver by boat/ferry and trucks and nothing is moving into or out of Vancouver. Even the trans Canada highway is closed. We now have a gov’t introduced gas limit so there is still gas for essential services. The pipeline that carries gas from eastern Canada is buried in the mud! It is shut down until it care be inspected… and so it goes. Unfortunately, in all this chaos Covid protocols are being sidelined. I will stay home and eat what is in the cupboard – and hope things start moving fairly quickly.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        November 21, 2021 2:49 am

        I saw more pictures on the BBC website and they were shocking. I know you are very resilient and have loads of coping skills so you will be OK but I will be thinking of you.


      • November 21, 2021 12:17 pm

        Sue – thank you, yes they are are shocking and traumatizing for those caught up in it. Difficult to believe so much destruction can happen in a matter of hours. A lesson for us all.

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  4. emilysuzanna permalink
    November 19, 2021 8:05 pm

    Prayers for beautiful British Columbia and all people and animals affected by this disaster. So glad you’re safe and busy spinning. 🙏

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    • November 19, 2021 10:55 pm

      Suzanne – thank you, I am heartbroken for so many people who have lost everything and also so many animals who died in terror. One woman is confirmed dead in a landslide and others are missing. It will take an unimaginable amount of money and in some cases months to repair the roads. Just another warning that the planet is in trouble. Stay safe down there.


  5. Kathy permalink
    November 19, 2021 4:49 pm

    Interesting statistic- a tropical rain forest typically gets around 60 mm of rain in a month. Hope received 252 mm from Saturday through Monday. Stay safe. Stay dry.

    Your box looks like fun. I bet the contents are so soft. 🙂

    Love, Kathy


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