This one brought a tree down in our street.
Fortunately, the house opposite is set far back from the road behind its own high stone wall, so no major damage done — other than the demise of the tree, of course. There are lots of old, tall trees in the grounds across from us and during storms large branches do tend to come flying in our direction, but this is the first time I’ve seen a whole tree come down.
Inside Chateau Booker we’ve been cosying things up. Honestly, you wait twelve years for a pair of curtains, and then two pairs come along at once. These curtains are not for any windows but were inspired by our trip to Bern in November 2007 (I know, I know) where the canny Swiss had heavily curtained vestibules at the entrance to every café, every shop, every gallery. Our front door faces west, right into the prevailing wind, and we thought that our vestibule could use the extra insulation as well.
It’s a bit tricky to take pictures as it is so small. Here’s most of the “outer” curtain, over the front door.
The other curtain, appearing at the left of the picture, gets pulled around to cover the inner door. Both curtains are intentionally a bit too long, so that the excess fabric folds onto the floor. When it is all closed up, I’m supposed to be inside the house… but I curtained myself in to take this exciting floor shot (the additional fabric at the bottom is not a curtain, it’s my purple sweatshirt)
All part of our master plan to try and keep fuel bills to a manageable level… or not too far above that, anyway.
The master plan for the double cloth piece is a bit more complicated and I am not sure I feel strong enough to explain it, though I am taking pictures as I go. Here’s the state of the loom last night.
The wee “scar” which appears in the plain grey band a couple of inches from the cloth protector is an important part of this plan, but I am not sure how well it will do the job. We’ll have to see. As I’m experimenting, I have just started a second piece with a very slightly different treadling which I think might be more attractive when it is finished. Or perhaps not.
And finally, this is what happens to your camera cord when you try to take pictures while sharing the loom bench with a friend.
Oh look, it’s the purple sweatshirt again.