Well, Rebecca finally got up to Chuck Chuck this past week to see the red osier dogwood -- what a gorgeous couple of days! Cold at night but clear and warm during the day, so perfect for camping and good times with friends.
And we wove a fence! Just a little fence, a wee experiment, but it was lots of fun. If it sprouts, then it may be the model for more living fences at Farmagettin.
Suzanne tells me that the red osier dogwood up at Chuck Chuck is bright and vibrant red right now, illuminating the understory around her house. If luck is with me, I might get up to see this week, and she's invited me to harvest some -- would be just in time to share with my students in the 'Urban Weaving' course that I'm teaching through the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, if it comes to pass.
If not, we'll still have lots of materials to work with at the course -- after all, I'm a true 'self-sufficient' homesteader at heart, like Suzanne and Nick, and what's more self-sufficient for a city dweller than using urban 'weeds' and green waste?
(Not to say I'd turn my nose up if Suzanne decided to start growing willow as part of the CSA….)
For those of you in the Vancouver area who are interested but can't make it to the course, check out the Urban Weaver Studio in the Maclean Park Fieldhouse in the Strathcona neighbourhood of East Van -- lots of free events and workshops hosted by an amazing group of socially-engaged environmental artists.