Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Finding antique flax processing tools

This is a picture of an antique flax hackle:

I've been keeping my eyes open for old flax processing tools whenever I see antiques for sale. Unfortunately we stumbled across this one in Turkey. It was a bit too bulky and pointy to pack in with the luggage for the trip home, but I did at least snap a picture.

My husband spotted it in a little antique shop in the city of Gaziantep. Wish I could find things like that just as easily back here in the good ol' U.S.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Another book signing, yay!

I'll be signing books at the farmer's market in Howe Meadow in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park from 9-12 on Saturday, August 10th. If you're in the area, stop by, the market is terrific and we love to have people visit us over at the book signing tent. I'll be there with other authors from the Akron Manuscript club.

I always have fun at these signings, and come home with a bag full of yummy market things like honey, veggies, baked goods, pasta, cheese, and the list goes on...

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Back from a trip to Turkey

We are back now from a two-week trip to Turkey. I have to say that Turkey is a wonderful country with so much to see, and the people everywhere we went were warm and kind and friendly. We spent the first 5 or 6 days in Istanbul (a wonderful city), and split the remainder of the time between Cappadocia and various places in Southeastern Turkey. If you ever have the opportunity to go, don't hesitate. Your only problem will be trying to decide which of the myriad of wonderful sites to visit in this truly exceptional country.
Here are some of the beehive-shaped houses you can see in the very ancient city of Harran (click on picture to view larger):

I'm now recovering from jet-lag and some sort of bug I picked up abroad. Waiting to feel well enough to get out and tidy up my gardens after my absence, and to delve into all of my fiber work again.