Jon and I went to Second Hand Rose, the thrift shop in Schuylerville about a half hour from the farm. I got some large pieces of fabric that can be used for quilt backings.
Jon took a lot of photos of the shop that really capture the feel of the place (you can see them here). It’s a special place, jam-packed with stuff. I picture the colors and patterns I’m looking for in my mind then seek them out. Most of the fabric and clothing in the shop is $2.
The music threw me off a bit. It was an old mix of county and oldies. When Seasons In the Sun came on (can’t remember the last time I heard that song) I couldn’t stop myself from singing along. It brought me back in time, I kept picturing the transistor radio I got one year for my birthday.
Unlike the past few weeks, we’ve gotten a lot of rain this weekend. My vegetable garden seems to have flourished overnight. I cut the garlic scapes from my garlic plants. I was thinking of making them into pesto or just using them in a stir fry.
I also harvested some stinging nettle leaves from the barnyard. Someone (probably Lulu or Fanny) had eaten them all down. But they have grown back, so I thought I should get them before anyone else does.
I plucked off the top few leaves and will keep doing that all summer. I dry the leaves for tea on a rack in my office/guestroom. It’s the perfect room for drying herbs, hot all summer, and away from any prying animals.
Last year was the first time I made nettle tea from the plants on the farm and it lasted me all winter. It really does help with my allergies. I’ll also dry the mint for tea. It has a fresh taste that can bring me back to summer on the coldest winter days.
The dahlia’s are also coming up. But most of the seeds I planted in my back porch garden didn’t grow. That means I won’t have any Zinnia’s or big marigolds in the late summer and fall. It’s hard to imagine my garden without them.
But every year is different and my gardens are always changing and evolving. Maybe the seeds I planted in the front lawn will grow this year instead.