tatjna (tatjna) wrote,

Some videos and the inevitable pics of the garden

This was my last free weekend, in that for the next few weeks I will most likely be spending at least one of my weekend days shearing sheep. I have 45 or so booked in for this Saturday - it doesn't sound like a lot but it starts with 18 big stroppy English Leicesters, then goes to what I call the Jenny Craig emergency farm, at which all the sheep weigh more than I do. And then it finishes up at this place where the guy has sheep that I can only describe as corrugated, they are that wrinkly. And because it's the start of the season and I haven't done much shearing lately I am not fit for it. I'm not looking forward to Saturday. I am looking forward to the money though.

This came via tieke's Mum, who is a keen spinner and fibre artist and fellow sheep afficionado. I don't know how she stumbled on this but I found it highly amusing. It's a home movie from the Nehterlands in the 1930s ish(?) of sheep being brought in and prepared, then shorn, then the wool being sold.

If you watched it, yes that's right - they washed them before shearing. I saw this once on one of those shows where people live like in medieval times in some old country cottage in England and I was all "Surely not. Why on earth would they do that?" I still haven't worked out why they'd wash the whole sheep before shearing rather than just the fleece afterwards - surely you get a cleaner fleece that way - and what a mission trying to wash a struggling sheep that thinks it's about to drown..

And then there was this one - Carrot dating!

Some guy setting up a dating app that allows you to offer a bribe to potential dates in order to convince them to date you. Anything from dinner or a movie through to jewellery - because women love presents, right? No he does actually say that, I'm not being facetious.

I am not sure what to make of it tbh. I mean, he makes it fairly obvious that his viewpoint is that of a man trying to get women to date him, and he makes a bunch of stereotypical assumptions about women which rubs me up the wrong way - but is it that bad an idea?

More importantly, would you use it?


Garden progress!

This week's flowers - impatiens, a flower carpet rose in red, a variegated heliotrope, sweet peas that I grew from seed, red poppies and yellow gazanias. This part of the garden is going to make people go "Ow my eyes!"


Some beans grown from seed, and also a pair of courgette plants (not pictured). Still no luck getting capsicums to germinate. Also, our watering can has gone missing. I realise it's unlikely that anyone would come down the drive, walk round the back and go into the shed, just to nick a watering can. The only other explanation is that it's blown away - but that seems equally unlikely given where it was. So I have to get another today* - meanwhile, these plants got watered from a jar, hence the wee spots instead of a thorough soaking.

* I considered getting a hose but I'd need a 30m one to reach the end of the drive, and watering cans make you very aware of how much water you're using.

It seems we are having a housewarming. The weekend of the 2nd and 3rd* the 23rd of November - you have been warned. Invitations with details will go out when we get ourselves together enough to do them, but if you already know where we live then you can pretty much consider yourself invited anyway. ;-)

This weekend I also made a sword and shield. They aren't finished yet, but the sword's ready to paint (in the gesso layers stage) and the shield has its straps and is awaiting the arrival of my Wonderflex so I can do the heraldry. And there was adagio practice, in which we did both better (success!) and worse (oops sorry about your nuts/head!). Overall I think there was improvement. Now I am sore. And there is more adagio tonight... eep.

* Date changed in consultation with management to allow for the attendance of alphamatrix, without whom the party would be sadly lacking in bad pants. Also, there might be a theme. It might involve bad pants.
Tags: i make stuff, look at my flowers!, video post, washing the sheep lalala
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