You might think , given it is now 4 September that I may have been on holiday ALL summer ..! But as a good friend puts it ' I try to live a life that actually does not require holidays '. oh ha!!! Being self employed we both live in hope of achieving this goal .......
if summer is now fading the glorious richness of autumn harvest , in colours , food and light is now giving us super energy .
I have never tried either Brambles or Blaeberries for dyeing , to much to enjoy on the taste senses! Berry dyes are also very volatile & sensitive to light , Much BETTER to eat & enjoy !
So quite before I ratchet up another level in preparation for #Lochnessknitfest I just wanted to let you know Mrs Fingal did escape for a few nights to the machair of South Uist. Quite spectacular ! The sound of the ocean , the light , the endless horizons . The colours of sea, flowers , shells and the moon on the water.
One totally mesmerising acoustic experience was listening to ( & watching ) a small river join the sea on a gentle gradient. Every 12 seconds or so there was this orchestra of sound coming from the water as the pull of the tide , still ebbing , reacted with the down ward journey of the fresh water & the ripple/ gurgle effect was quite magical ... fluent fingers travelling across a keyboard .
This boat carcass had been exposed by the tides , since our last visit to South Uist. Giving us endless shapes, textures & colours to play with artistically .
This image is now carved into my soul . When the sun came cutting over the horizon at 5 on our last morning , it was quite totally inspiring !!!!!!!!!! This is one of several dozen images !
5 DAYS on South Uist fairly set me up for a busy felting August which continues now for the rest of year . Thank you to both #PooleweTuesdayMarket the summer markets at #TheLochTorridon Centre . Lovely days at these local events . Catching up with the many talented artisans & neighbours in our area. Meeting some of our summer visitors, conversations about sheep , plant dyes AND creative energy . Ruth & Andyin your camper van , from 'near Frankfurt ' I would love to be stay in touch ! Some of this season's #Florries now in France, Germany , America. Thank you to all these summer customers. With still a couple of markets to go here in Torridon . Then we hit the autumn trail ....
This begins with the inuagural 3 day #lochnessknitfest at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.. Sumptous !!! 29 September - 2 October . For which I am madly making.
Lincoln Longwool fibres on the drum carder.