I think this photo sums up my July quite nicely, spinning, intense heat, and inspiring surroundings. Earlier in the month I headed down to West Dean College for my first solo holiday since 2019. The drive in 30 degree heat in a van with no air con was not pleasant, but once there I had to most lovely week in beautiful surroundings being creative, with nothing to think about other than what I was making.
By the end of the week I'd made this panel, which is now in our sun room. Whilst I was busy working on this in the day I could spend the evenings walking through the gardens, and pinching myself about how lucky I am to be able to go and do things like this.
Closer to home the summer has been about getting out and seeing things.
This crane is leftover from the quarry workings above Ratgoed not far from Corris. We've been going round updating all our geocaching circuits, and also creating some new Adventure Labs in the local areas... which if you've got kids you're trying to entertain are great ways to get out and explore places for nothing more than the cost of your transport.
My Tour de Fleece spinning was interrupted by going on holiday, but I just about managed to get all my oddments of this years team fibre spun, and the Tour de France Femmes came to my rescue so I could carry on working through all the leftover from the past 2 years of 12 Days of Christmas. Which will be back again this year, I am busy planning, and they will be available to purchase later in the autumn.
I've carried on live-streaming the Dyeing of the Seasonal Changes packs, this time with no technical hiccups, this video is for the August colourway. That means I have no more excuses, so I have made a start on creating a self-paced online fibre dyeing course. It's still a work in progress at the moment, but the first bit of filming is done, it just needs editing and adding in to the written lessons, but hopefully it will be available soon.