Watering all the winter refugees in the library
Turmeric dyed yarn, napkins and matching taper candles all nicely color coordinated / online now / thanks all of you who have been ordering, I see you and I 💛your support
Catherine’s ‘writers cabin’ here at Worlds End...it has a desk, a chair and a wood stove. Catherine is living here while she finishes a book project. It’s been invaluable to have her perspective on the project, let alone her help shoveling the 20 inches of snow we just got
Our ‘snake’ oil is on the website; this is the formula we all use after a shower - four really good ingredients; olive, argan, rosehip and rose geranium oils. $48 / Link in profile
Tomorrow’s wreath class and holiday bazaar is cancelled due to the 15 inches of snow coming 😕those of you who have tickets will be refunded Monday.
Perhaps like me, you read the times story this morning on the ways climate change is affecting Indian farmers and the city of Mumbai (who knew how massive and corrupt the sugar industry there is, not only do we need to stop consuming plastics, we also have to stop eating sugar - sorry @jamesmulry ) and then perhaps like me, you tearfully turned to the article about dogs and how their lemon-sized brains bond not only to humans, but in fact to any species they are introduced to as puppy’s. That’s why Blondie here (left ) prefers her sheep to us. She likes to be pet, but if I have to bring her inside for anything (like the time she lacerated her shoulder and needed stitches ) she becomes incredibly anxious. On that week of bed rest, I’d take her for walks up to the sheep daily, and watch her demeanor completely change. Upon seeing the sheep she would lighten, her tail would wag and she would run to them, inspecting each of their faces with her nose. Puccini on the other hand was socialized more with humans as a puppy and is a slut for any strangers affection. Dogs!
Here’s my deep thought post for you this morning; James and I have been camping for a week in the Great Smokey Mountains. It’s odd to spend so much time in nature and then go to a place that is for nature tourism; made me really aware of how much consumerism is linked to our ‘experiences’ of nature. Not only is every entrance to the national park a Vegas style Tennessee theme park, but also the experience of camping is loaded with plastic and gear and things one feels one ‘needs’ to buy. To head back to Worlds End with eyes on our open house this weekend where we essentially are doing the same thing! Inviting people to experience the farm, pet some sheep and then buy some wool. On the trail one day J and I talked about exploitation - in profit driven economics something is always exploited. That something is always either nature’s resources (oil, animals, soil, beauty, etc ) or people (their time and labor ). How do we tinker with the edges of that truth to make more wholesome, peaceful lives??
Meet the sheep next weekend - November 30/Dec 1 from 12-5 pm at our open farm days and Holiday Bazaar where you can buy their wool along with soap and a smattering of other weird beautiful things from our farm community
thanks to those of you who have been ordering our new minisoap sampler set//the soap business has been carrying us as we close out our wedding floristry business officially on December 7th with the last saipua wedding at The Wythe hotel...such different economics for us now. I’ve been shy to write about it, because money is so taboo. Why is it so loaded? I think it’s because it’s so deeply entwined with our sense of self worth. Which I really want to spend the rest of my life railing against. But, I also want a classic jaguar to drive one day. We contain multitudes!
Worlds End yarn; 100% our Icelandic sheep’s wool spun and balled for your knitting pleasure! Some dyed with plants, some plain...Link to buy in profile
Never ever gets old
rose hip from Rosa ‘glauca’ and these colors I keep coming back to
Visit us at Worlds End and take a wreath making workshop November 30 or December 1 from 2-4pm: $60 sign up in profile
I never met a bitter green I didn’t like; but this crop of our pink and spotted radicchios is a luxurious new norm in our kitchen; I mix them with olive oil, lemon & a toasted walnut-sharp cheese-sea salt-crunch mixture. Excited to meet all of our 2020 garden fellows tomorrow and watch @farmermeg in action teaching others how to grow their own food. (Varieties; ‘Rosealba’ and ‘Castelfranco’ )
I’m getting into growing flowers and herbs for tea blending with my friend @deborahneedleman ... she grew and dried all this tea and then worked with my mom @susanryhanen to produce this special first blend; I found them one afternoon sitting on the porch hand twisting river rush to make these handles which can double as (selling point!! ) friendship bracelets.
I just love him so much
Wreath classes! Here at the farm with @zoewonfor and le grande Madame! A special sort of holiday cheer plus hot chocolate. November 30 & December 1! $60 link in profile
We’re trying to heat all with wood (or close to it ) this winter which has already made me think so much differently about resources / the amount of time and energy required to grow a tree, then fell it, cut it up and stack the wood. And how quickly we’re burning through it! This is the curriculum of the school at Worlds End.
These naturally dyed linen napkins by worlds end alum @jennell_lehman getting hemmed and ready for the website
Finishing the Writers Cabin in the woods for Catherine. Thinking about how much to develop this place, how many people we need here, how much land we need, how many cabins or houses, how many horses, how many flowers, how much willow? Which books, what costumes, what kind of rituals? Who?
Glass gem corn
Pucci one of our livestock guardian dogs and Ramses our new breeding ram.
Thats right chickens it’s wreath season / this one by @jess_blume / save the date we’re hosting a wreath making day and winter market November 30