Tuesday, January 17, 2006

We are back!

Hi kiddies!
We are back from our trip to Bodega Bay. It was fun. Did I go to a yarn shop you ask? Of couse I did. We went to the Black Mountain Artisans in Point Reyes and I bought some handspun angora and some handspun cocker spaniel (YES, cocker spaniel. I couldn't help myself. You know I like different).

handspun angora

I am not so boring that I have no other interest other than yarn, so Mr Yarn surprised me and took me on a little adventure (he is the best). He took me to one of my favorite places. I have never told you this, but I have a fascination with carnivorous plants. Mr. Yarn took me to California Carnivores. I bought some plants and I swear I won't kill them this time.

carniverous plants

We also went to a honey shop. It sold bee keeping stuff and all the honey products you can ever ask for. I wanted hives but Mr. Yarn is really allergic to bee stings. I didn't think it would be too good of an idea although he assured me that I could do it if I wanted. I don't think so. I did buy a shirt that I think is really cool (show you tomorrow).

Last but not least we went to the co-op that I love in Bodega. I bought this handdyed shawl. I loved it and I don't think I have ever bought a handmade textile.

hand dyed wrap

So the trip was great and I got my fill of incredible oysters and lots of crab. Now it it time to go back to work. I did almost finish the sweater that I took on the road trip. I will show you when it is done.


tammy said...

miss you! & I too have killed my share of carnivorous plants! : (

Ron said...

OK, everyone (and in case I forget to mention it tomorrow): The secret to keeping carnivorous plants alive is distilled water or the equivalent."Purified" water seems to work too.

The plant in a pot, the pot in a shallow water-tight container/deep saucer, the water in the container. These are swamp or marsh or fen or bog plants, so they like wet feet.

Renew as needed. Oh -- they do best outdoors, here at least. Joe has had a colony of carnivores on the front porch for at least five years now and they're alive (with one or two failures over the years) and most of them really ought to be divided this year... well, last year, but hey. In winter they get rained on; in summer we buy a five-gallon jug from the Arrowhead guy once a month or less.