I have written before about the wonderful Community of Farnham Local food #CSA that i belong too. well last weekend i spent an amazing day amongst friends in the field. It was a beautiful Saturday with clear skies and sunshine. Not what is usually expected in November. I headed down to help out with the harvest. My first job being to weigh a basket of barlotti beans ready for sharing out. There were many hands on harvest duty so Susie, our main grower asked if my friend aka KnitNell (check out her beautiful illustrations) and I would create a harvest display, so we did. It was fun bringing together some of the colourful produce and adding golden leaves and logs below the display to give it a sense of place.
My next job was helping Nick to light a fire ready for him to make some Chai to share with our members when they came to collect their shares later in the day.
Every saturday, fresh produce gets harvested in the morning and then collected by members from the yurt later in the day. Quite often harvests are made into more of an event, with stalls selling dry goods (flours, nuts, seeds, honey etc) and locally produced organic meats. The pizza oven is often fired up too, serving delicious pizza.
This Saturday Sarah (my Morsbag buddy) had planned a drop in dreamcatcher workshop and asked me if i'd like to help out. I have been wanting to make one for ages so i jumped at the chance. Dreamcatchers are American Indian decorations of webs woven within an outer hoop shape with a bead at the centre and feathers hanging below. They are hung above your sleeping place. The web catches the bad dreams which then evaporate in daylight whilst the bead catches the good dreams which travel down trough the feathers into the dreaming sleeper below.
We cropped willow from our willow arch and wove it into circles. Coloured yarn or twine was then used to create the web of the dreamcatcher. Sarah had picked up some beaded necklaces from the charity shop which along with my glass beads looked great at the centre of the webs. Feathers were then tied on using embroidery floss to finish.
I loved how everyone starts with the same materials yet creates something unique.
It truly was a wonderful day.