I’ve been keeping the roses trimmed all summer to encourage further budding. I needed lots of flowers to dry for my brother’s wedding. About 2 weeks ago I finally stopped. I just could not handle drying any more roses and the box was fairly full. So, I let the roses just bloom and they have really put on a show. I like these two best right now.
While I was taking a break from the blog, I made it to the Oregon State Fair to check out my results. Of my eight projects, six received firsts.
The only entries that did not receive a ribbon were my colorwork mittens and my handspun handknit cowl. Considering that many of my entries were pulled from the “Christmas Box,” I’m happy with my entries!
So. My break was a bit longer than I intended. I’ve been frantically trying to prepare for being away again and that meant my days have been quite full. I found a few more tomatoes in the garden. Ha!
In my search for tomatoes, I’ve also been making some tomato puree. Yesterday I spent most of the morning making puree and drying cherry tomatoes. After all of my hard work, I had 10 pints of tomato puree and 1 pint of dried cherry tomatoes.
Of course, I ran out of canning jars and had to sub in some freezer jars. Not a huge problem though. I’m just trying to save my freezer space for other things!
The Italian plums are starting to come on fast and strong. They are so strong (read that as “heavy”) that one of the branches in my overloaded tree broke. So, I pulled all of the plums off and gave them to a friend. I’m carefully watching the rest of the tree and pulling the ripe ones as soon as I find them. I’ve already dried 3 pints of plum halves. So I think I”ll make some other things with the rest of them.
I call it my tatting holder. I’m not sure what else to call it. This little pretty is just a bit of wood, cut with some notches and with a small rubber band to hold my tatting in place. This holder keeps my tatting from tangling, but it also keeps it out of my way while I continue to work.
Do you want one too? Contact Tina at Black Sheep at Orenco.
Here was a day’s batch of tomatoes. Yes, that lovely bowl is all from a single picking in the garden. Ah. Tomato season. I have so many more large tomatoes this year than last. It was nice that the blight and tomato diseases stayed away this year. I’m hopeful that I will be able to harvest tomatoes well into October.
Oh, and the gopher that was eating my green bean plants? It’s dead. Bwahahaha.