Monday, August 28, 2017

What a Difference Two Weeks Makes....

The end of summer is closing in. It feels like a race to fit things in before the season changes, everyone gets busy and the holidays come crashing in at record pace. Julia is starting at the local community college this fall. It's going to be a big change for her and a challenge and I have my fingers crossed. I've got one more Creative Retreat here at the farm in late September. It's a knitting and embroidery and color one - back to my roots. 

I've been using my pottery studio, throwing lots of vases and mugs. I won't be able to use the studio for clay in the winter so it is a race to try to get things made. Frozen clay is a nightmare so I will have to bring it all in. I will paint the surfaces of the unfired pots with underglazes inside when the weather gets cold. It is going to be a challenge to store all the ware - especially because it is fragile in the greenware state. 

Here is the little shed. In the background you can see the colors turning gold ever so slightly on the hill behind it. 

I've been meaning to post here, have taken photos of things around the farm and then couldn't find the time to actually sit down and do it. We are still doing two Farmers Markets per week. Last week at the Northampton Tuesday Market, I was happy to meet a lovely longtime blog reader from Richmond, Virginia. I wish I could remember your name! You made my market stopping by in the over 90 degree hot humid weather. Thanks for stopping by.

Here are some photos from two weeks ago. Hard to believe how short the plants were in my garden. 

In two weeks, it now looks like this. 

Crazy growth for sure.

Here are some of the geraniums I overwintered in the house. They are blooming so beautifully now. Does anyone know if I should cut them back when I bring them in again or should I cut them back in the spring? I am pretty useless with houseplants. 

We've had crazy hot humid weather and now quite cold fall-like air. My heart goes out to all the folks in the south dealing with the massive flooding. 

I hope you all are squeezing in some fun in these last days before the madness begins again. XO


Deborah said...

Your pottery looks wonderful, and I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your farm. Yellow is such a prominent color in the fall. I wanted to say I have also enjoyed your segments on the Knit and Crochet show on PBS.

Barwitzki said...

Deilig... super... hilser fra Viola

Anonymous said...

It seems early for glimpses of autumn but it's certainly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Therese Inverso said...

Hello Kristin,

As for your geraniums, it's hard to keep a big plant indoors all winter (lots of big plants in your case). Why not plant slips from them and keep them inside and then by spring they'll be ready to grow again outside. (I got this tip from the Victory Garden book, decades ago!)


Kristin Nicholas said...

Hi Therese. Thx for that tip. I will try. Hope your new place is okay. Drop me a note when you can. I have been thinking about you.

purlgin said...

Kristin, I'm a longtime reader and always enjoy reading about your work, your family and life on the farm. I have gotten so much pleasure from your work, so thank you.
I thought of you when I came across this documentary about a Holocaust survivor, who late in life, told the story of her childhood through embroidery. It's 30 minutes, beautiful and heartbreaking.
Through the Eye of the Needle - The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz=20

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

So much beautiful pottery! I love seeing all your hard work. However I could kick myself--I was in Northampton on Tuesday this week, parked right by the farmers market but it never occurred tome that you might be there, so I didn't walk through it. Opportunity lost! I'm dreaming up an excuse to visit....I think I have an idea.....

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