Monday, December 01, 2014
Better Than Nothing
Well, there's not a whole lot of anything going on around here right now. I believe I have truly begun to hate winter. And yes, I know it's not actually winter yet. The damp coldness here has become relentless to me. Like a lot of things. I am so thankful for the occasional warm and sunny day though and we have had a few lately. In fact, this whole week is supposed to be warm, although it may be a little rainy at times. However, rain is easier to take when it's warm, to me anyway. And there have been a few new things surprise me this fall. For one, my little witch hazel tree bloomed for the first time. I was beginning to wonder if it really was a witch hazel but a couple of weeks back it burst forth in it's little yellow explosions.
The tea plants are not new but they have made considerable progress this past year. The 3 red blooming bushes did die but the white blooming variety has done well. One bush is up to about 3 feet tall.
As an experiment I planted 2 on the north-facing hillside behind the house. It has pretty rich, humousy soil with great drainage. I planted one other at the bottom of the hollar. The lowest spot of my valley for ya'll not familiar with the local vernacular. It also has good dark soil but stays a bit damper than the others. What the two groups have in common is that they both are in part to mostly shade and they are both doing very well. I really hope to be able to harvest enough leaves this spring to at least make a little tea. Or attempt to make tea anyway.
In other news I finally go to the point of desperation and raised my pottery wheel high enough to throw standing up. I had been able to throw a few things lately but the pain was just getting nerve wrecking. After Jack helped me get the wheel set up I threw a number of things and I have to say it worked out pretty well. I wish I had not been so stubborn and had tried this well before now. It's easier not only because I'm not sitting down and putting pressure on my butt joint but it's just easier to move around. I can come and go from the wheel with ease, moving finished products or if I forgot a tool and such. No standing up and down and up and down. There are a few little things to work out over time but I'd say this is working well enough to let me get a couple of loads of work to the stores before Christmas.
So, that's about it for now. Hopefully things will brighten up over the next few days and relieve some of this misery.