Friday, 18 June 2010

Homework Half-way Point........

I've passed the half-way point in my course homework. Phew... While I can't quite see the light at the end of the tunnel yet, it's getting done. I'll have to say that most of these little piles of skeins have 2-4 10 yard skeins in each pile. There is also a box of samples and bits and pieces and a huge file full of write ups, essays etc. Yesterday I broke down and took a break from spinning. I may ease off a bit for the next few weeks so I can get some sewing done, however there is still much spinning between now and the final requirements...sigh...
I'm considering not spinning at all on Saturday. You know, just to shake things up a bit!

In between spinning sessions I've been drying herbs. The Lovage is huge and I've nipped back the growth tips in hopes of it branching out a bit more so I can get at least another harvest or two from it this summer. It has a celery like taste - sort of but not quite. It's a bit stronger and doesn't seem to have that bitterness that celery has. I've been using it in pasta sauces and salads.
Sage is something I didn't really like until I had it freshly picked. The Dill is really something I don't use a lot of. However, it's volunteering in my garden so I'm harvesting it You never know when you might need some, and it's there. I've lots of Basil as well, only I'm not certain I like it dried enough to go to that much trouble. I may chop up the basil leaves and freeze it in a tiny bit of water so that I have frozen basil cubes to use during the winter.

Gratuitous Cat Picture, just because!

4 comments:

Woolly Bits said...

I love dill - no cucumber is eaten without it - ie. if it grows! some years it grows in abundance and others it mopes about and doesn't get going at all:(( basil on the other hand doesn't like ireland too much - it's surviving in the polytunnel, but I am still waiting for a year of lush growth:))

Jody said...

Wow, alot of work for your spinning course Nina. I would luv to someday take the spinner's program from the Haliburton School. My father lives near there.
I luv your kitty's white mouth :-)

Nina said...

Woolly Bits - I will have to try the cucumber with dill. It sounds intriguing. Some years our Basil doesn't do much either because of our weather. A polytunnel sounds like a great idea.

Jody - I've heard the Haliburton course is also great, unfortunately the timing has never worked for me. Cat is a handsome beast I think. We inherited him from my daughter.

Karen said...

Purrrty kitty! I miss cats but I'm still allergic to them. :(