But it’s a dry heat….not!

No one ever says that about an Ontario summer. We are in the midst of a hot spell.  Temperatures well over 30 as long  as I can remember and forecasts for more of the same all week.

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I count my blessings knowing that I work in a cool office and spend most of my evenings by the lake.

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Sunday afternoon I had a grand adventure.  My fibre group was invited to tour the fibre facilities at Madonna House in Combermere. Our gracious hosts let us poke around through the large two-story building and see all parts of the process. Anne-Marie talked about building community through spinning.   My thoughts exactly!

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She demonstrated her simple process for dyeing and blending fibre to create rich and unique yarns. Apparently the fibre is a by-product of raising sheet to help feed about 150 people a day.  Seeing what they produce, I’d say the meat is the by-product.  I guess its all about perspective. 

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The tour was followed by a visit to our good friends Lesley and Peter for a ‘bring a topping’ pizza party.  Peter, a gifted stone mason, built a beautiful wood oven in their yard.  The pictures don’t do it justice by any means.

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We each built our own pizza an he expertly slide them off of the peel and into the oven without losing any! Having done that as a job before I  have tremendous respect for his skill.  The oven gets used regularly to roast fair-trade organic coffee beans that he sells at markets around the area.

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I had my trusty wheel (that I’ve named Spidey after my favourite superhero who also spins webs) in the car  and I  took the opportunity to spin some of the beautiful merino wool i bought at Marty’s in Haliburton.  It was quite a sight as a dozen of us hung out in the family room spinning and knitting and felting our various projects while we talked about our next adventure.

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Meals these days are garden-inspired salads.  Greens, beets, zucchini with whatever else is kicking around.  At lunch today it was left over chicken and for dinner  I added a can of lovely Scottish sardines.

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Three more sleeps until vacation and I can hardly wait.

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One response to “But it’s a dry heat….not!

  1. Honestly Bil, what a life you have.

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