Thursday, 6 June 2013

mercy it's June already

i suspect the first six months of this year slipped while i was looking the other way
because 
quite suddenly
it appears to be June

i should be pruning my roses
instead, i have been smelling other people's [er, roses, that is]

i headed south from the mango forest
stopping only to assist with a dyepot
and
plumbed new depths of ingenuity [sacrificing a bit of alfoil in the process]


to keep a fire going in torrential rain
[yes, i got wet, but this time i had the sense not to wear my cowboy boots]


at Tamborine Mountain we found blue skies
and more glorious greens in the dyepot
[my friend R murmured something about that being Queensland in winter]


i am treated to perfect coffee
and drink it standing on the red earth AND by the trees
that it grew on


i think that pretty much defines 'terroir'.


once again we had canine guidance
[there are so many lovely dogs around the whirled]


inspired by the bundle above, we unfurled the dresses to the tune of
'do or die' [spelling it differently in our heads] 
from the album 'teeth and bones' by John Fohl


i could happily have hung around here for a while longer
but
it wasn't possible

+ + +

heading much further south a day later
i turned up at Glenmore House as the sun was setting
in time to filch a few leaves from the roadside


we spent an intense day
working colour into winter wraps


using local windfalls
and
in the evening
i found another friend


but now, by way of something completely different
 i'm on the way home
to sew and dye
for a trunk show in Hollywood
[no, not dreaming!]

20 comments:

  1. oh myyyyyyy! OH MYYYYYYY! (oh. my. golly. dawg gone. green. hollywood)

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  2. where do you get your energy, India? I thoroughly agree with Mercy, it's June already!!!! The family is talking Christmas already!!!!

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    1. i consider dark chocolate to be an essential daily vitamin...seems to work for me!

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  3. yes and winter leaves a plenty here in Coffin Bay South Australiafor the dye pot

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  4. yes and winter leaves a plenty here in Coffin Bay South Australiafor the dye pot

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  5. Where has the year gone?!? My, but you've been very busy with workshops, dyeing, hopping the pond, etc. And now you're coming back again...to HOLLYWOOD!!! I bow in awe. Go knock their socks off!

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    1. it's summer..their socks are probably off already :o)

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  6. please come back someday, India. xxx

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  7. What a glorious post! Thank you! Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  8. the colors of earth, the scent of time past is in these fibers, to wear the seasons is an honor.

    ah.....such coffee i have never had.

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  9. ..thankyou for sharing your knowledge on Tamborine Mountain....such inspiration. Have consumed enough "Indi Soup" to fuel a small power station, even my furry companions have made themselves scarce. Ill effects aside, it is/was delicious thankyou and has produced some wonderful colour from spillage......so India.....what was in your fabulous soup...please??

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    2. sorry first comment had silly typos so i removed it...let's try again!

      there was nothing bad in the soup, i promise you

      i caramelised rather a lot of chopped garlic and onions in [organic] butter, added chopped celery, half a chili [only because supplies were low], several potatoes [cubed] and then a whole bunch of finely chopped purple carrots

      seasoned with salt, and added a chopped roasted+peeled red pepper [er, red capsicum for Australian readers] for more colour

      it would have looked better if blended and with the red bits sprinkled on top, but it was a very fine violet colour [or so i thought]

      at home i would garnish with greek yoghurt or sour cream and a scattering of chopped spring onions [that's green onions for statesiders]

      bon appetit.

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  10. It may be June but you've achieved so much and had some amazing experiences too.Wow!

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  11. Makes me want to pack up my cookpot and head to a campground to have a cookout and find stuff to make a bundle. Thanks for the inspiration, but it suppose to rain all weekend. Thanks again India!

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  12. i never thought i'd hear the words "mango forest". i can hardly wrap my mind around that!

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  13. This post makes me hungry

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  14. a perfect blend - textile and dogs... mmm

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