A pink floral old garden-lady hat. It came from the garden supply shop and is so light I hardly know its there. I love it. It completes my mad-old-cat-woman image.
A hat with a brim is very important in New Zealand, our UVI levels are extremely high and if you want to work outside you need a hat, with a brim. The UVI is issued along with the weather report and if you care for your skin and health you stay covered up during the hours reported. I notice how clear and bright our natural light is when I travel to the northern hemisphere. Everything looks softer, colours are muted.
It is haymaking season, temperatures are hitting 30°C, and there is no rain predicted. I love waking up to the quiet clatter of farm machinery calling us to work in the cool of the early morning.
Here is a sneaky shot of manchild dressed to go pick up hay, wearing a brimmed hat and SPF50 clothing and showing me his big manly gloves. Mine are the little pink ones. I have to have pink in this testosterone laden household. Otherwise they steal/borrow my gloves, hats, socks and stretch the $#&+ ! out of them, so I have taken to only buying pink workwear, the more floral the better. Mine are the purple gumboots.Manchild picks up haybales as a school/university holiday earner, he knows how to stack them onto the truck and into the barns so he is worth his pay, he also runs a gang of 17 -18 year olds who can do the same work, in truth it is their summer fitness programme, he will be shifting in excess of 1200 bales this weekend. He is a sort of rural contractor and gets paid very well for an eighteen year old. OK enough proud mother talk – that is not what this blog is about.
I promised colour last night, so here it is:
My precious dye plants, sadly not a good germination ratio, and it has been such a long time since I put these seeds in that the labels have faded away completely – I know I have indigo and henna, and I think madder. Sadly the woad and weld did not germinate. I have a friend who is nursing a woad seedling for me, so blue is not lost hopefully.
That is a slight problem. I thought I had sewn four different types of pumpkin and squash, I can only find one other vine, a grey crown pumpkin, all the rest is kamo kamo. I think I need to keep better seed sowing records and get a better labelling system going to avoid these unidentified plants and too many of one variety issues.
and because I now have the official mad-cat-lady-outfit ….
Ancient cat not really showing off his ‘Lion’ style fur trim, but it is rare to see him outdoors lately. I worked out that he will be seventeen in July. The clipping is to help him stay cool and clean over the summer months.
Off to google indigo, madder and henna seedlings for identification purposes.
Have a happy, non confused day.