I can tell that the beginning of school has arrived just in time, since I had fallen into a sort of end-of-summer daze that results in things like accidentally ordering a dozen donuts, realizing partway through, & then being too embarrassed/conscious of the line behind me to ask the nice donut girl to change the order. You're all, cha, accidental donut over-ordering, right, but listen, I really only meant to order SIX, which is not exactly a dainty number either, is it? (Typing right like that reminds me that my children have both taken to saying niiice in a low-slung, appreciative kind of way, which cracks us up every time & is a fine testament to all the hipster twenty-somethings who populate summer camps & preschools around here.)
One nice, though slightly overwhelming, thing about the end of summer is that the Great Wall of Tomato kicked into overdrive. The front-yard experiment paid off, & will be repeated next year. Although maybe with not quite so many plants.
Things have slowed down now, but for about a week I was picking a
colander like this every other day. I'd say that the all-around winner
for both good taste + crazy numbers has been the sungold, which is a
delicious orange cherry tomato & which will is very unruly &
will completely take over your entire tomato
bed, insinuating little glowing clusters of tomatoes throughout the
other plants, if you let it. In the middle of the colander there, on
the stem, are a few black cherry tomatoes, which are the size of big
superballs & just gorgeous, though not quite as impressively tasty
as the sungold. The big tomato winner (seen at the back) is the Black
Prince plant, which -- according to the plant list at the Seattle Tilth website -- is supposed to grow 2" fruit but has been producing lots of 4-5" tomatoes for us.
I have had to be a little inventive in dealing with the harvest, but there are worse things than eating fresh-picked tomatoes every single day.
Back to school for them means back to work for me. Time to start getting ready for fall/winter shows.
Meanwhile, my (first-grader!) son sets up & photographs more playmobil soccer vignettes. I let him use the big camera for these, & I love watching him find his shot with a camera he can barely keep steady. My husband just brought home istopmotion (he's totally been waiting for an excuse), so there's no end in sight to this fad.
Tried my hand at dyeing some fabric, along with some wide twill tape. Man, I love that chartreuse.
I'm going to be putting some cuts of this lightweight dyed twill tape (along with matching heavyweight tape) up in my etsy shop sometime later today. I thought I might get to it this morning, but all this back-to-school freedom has me a little scattered. I think I'd better stay out of the donut shop for a while.