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A friend is due to have surgery soon and will be in the hospital for her birthday.  Since her favorite color is green and I thought she could use a big hug while recovering, I wove this shawl for her birthday.  This friend stopped by and saw the shawl in progress but had no idea it was for her.  When I mentioned I was going to use a crocheted edge instead of fringe, she suggested a scalloped edge, something she likes a lot.   I hope she likes the way it turned out.

As soon as I’d pulled the shawl off the loom, I started a new one.  I like the way it is turning out, but as these are not my colors.  Once it is done it will be sold or given as a gift. It is all handspun, hand dyed Corriedale wool.

 A close up shot…

Back to the first photo…   it was taken when I went to visit my friend Sue.  I stopped by to check on her shawl weaving progress, her first woven shawl. 

Here are some more taken when I went to visit her … a little blurry because they were taken with my camera phone.. the views from her garden and windows are wonderful!

If you would like to see photos of Sue’s shawl in various stages,  visit the Chemung Valley Guild blog, link is in the sidebar…

Our unusual weather continues, cold one day, hot another.. we’ve yet to have a hard frost.  I noticed a few confused plants such as tiny bleeding hearts that think it is spring.  We are already today in the 70’s….

A common chore here in fall is the digging up of dahlia tubers. In past years I’ve had many, but an early frost in a previous year caught me off guard and I lost most of them.  I only have a few now and so it takes little time to dig them up. 

This morning I checked some of them to see how they were doing and noticed the bees.  It had gotten cold last night and the sun hadn’t cut through the fog to warm things up yet, so the bees weren’t moving at all.  Looking closer I could see more bees between the petals, all tucked away.  I’m going to wait a little bit longer to dig up the tubers.

Not much fall color yet.. some trees are dropping their leaves without first changing  color… hmmmmmmm! 

Normally when I see the word weathered I think of weathered fences or other wood structures.  While poking around my garden, that word popped into my head… weathered.  But, I wasn’t looking at anything made of wood.. I was looking at my garden beds.  

The last few months have brought extremes in temperatures, too cold, too hold, too dry, too wet, from one extreme quickly to another.  For instance, two days ago, it was about 30 degrees warmer than today.  I’d been working on staining some cabinets in the garage and two days ago the weather was so warm and humid, the stain wouldn’t dry.  Today it was cool and with the wind, it felt too chilly to do anything but stay indoors.  

Here is a photo of my Hatsu Arashi Morning Glories.  I’ve been growing them for years and I can usually count on them to cover a fence and bloom right till frost.  This is how they normally look.

With the cold nights and unseasonably hot days, they have struggled to survive.  If they have enough water on them and the sun warms them up too quickly, this is how they look. 

Much of my garden looks the same,weathered & weary.  But, they will come back next year.  Now it is time for  summer plants to rest… time for the trees and shrubs to show off their beautiful fall colors!

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