Blogging has fallen by the wayside for me this winter as I’ve been so happily engrossed in other activities. My spinning wheels seem to be breeding.


I now have nine rescued antique wheels and three reels/swifts in varying states of restoration.


Sadly neglected and needing some time in the spinning wheel spa.

I am immersed in bringing them back to life and in trying to determine their history.


George and I are getting my old loom working so I will soon be weaving, and I am spinning different fibers on each of my working wheels–linen, alpaca, Soay, and California Variegated Mutant (sounds weird, but so lovely).


My first attempt at spinning my homegrown flax into linen is on the right and some linen off of one of the old wheels on the left.Β  Both pretty hairy looking.

I am also working on two quilts and sewing clothes.


And, of course, we are delighting in our dogs and the large turkeys and eagles that have been perched in our backyard trees.


Unfortunately, my bees did not survive our below-zero cold spell, but I’ve ordered more for the spring, sent my seed and tree orders off, and spring pruning and maple sugaring will be here soon.


It’s been a cozy, busy, creative, productive winter and I’ve enjoyed my time away from the computer.


I suspect I’ll be back to blogging at some point but, in the meantime, I hope everyone is likewise enjoying their winter (or summer) wherever you are.


30 thoughts on “Elsewhere

  1. You sure have been busy! Missed reading your posts, but I certainly understand. Love the header photo with the two dogs.

  2. Glad to hear from you again. I always enjoy reading about your projects and seeing your photos. But, I know that doing what we love and enjoying life is much more important than blogging. I love seeing your happy dogs!

  3. Lovely to hear from you, see the cosy dogs and read what you’ve been up to (love the spinning wheel spa). All fine here – busy with work, family, house and not much time for blogging either but good to dip in now and then. Hope everything continues to be good with you. Sam x

    • Thanks Sam. I hope to keep dipping into the blogging world too, but if it starts to feel like a chore, I may take a long break. I do miss hearing from folks though and am happy to hear that you are having a good winter.

  4. You do have a mighty fine collection there! You’ll be able to open up as a mini museum soon! It sounds like you are having a wonderful winter. Love the pics, especially of those adorable dogs.xxx

    • George already calls my spinning wheel room, “the museum.” I love being surrounded by all that history of women creating things with their wheels and looms. The dogs love the cold and we have lots of snow this winter, so they are in heaven!

  5. Good to see a post from you, Brenda. Wow, you’ve been busy! The dogs look like they are balanced between playing and snoozing – a good life, for sure. πŸ™‚ Very cool that you have eagles in your backyard – although I’ve heard that cats have become a part of their diet. 😦 Another good reason to keep kitties inside.
    We’re halfway to spring – won’t be long now before we’re sowing seeds!

    • The eagle has been scoping out our yard lately for some reason. No cats or small pups here, and I doubt he’d take on the dogs, but I’m glad we don’t keep chickens. All of my seeds have arrived and I’m growing some new things this year so I’m already looking forward to getting the seedlings started.

  6. Thank you for the update Brenda. Goodness you have been busy and productive sorry to hear about the bees. Is there any signs of spring yet? I imagine it will be busy in the garden once it starts to warm up. Your beautiful dogs are having fun.

    • The only signs of spring are the lengthening days. We have been getting lots of snow, so it remains cozy and white. So far, this year’s garden is in the early planning stages–still in my head!

  7. Look at you, spinning your flax! That’s great! Your life looks productive and cozy and happy, if a little overwhelmed by spinning wheels. I, for one, am looking forward to hearing more about the weaving!

    • I’m really enjoying spinning the flax, and I’m gradually getting better at it. I thought of you yesterday and your post on having to relearn things when you haven’t done them in a while. I haven’t sewn anything in about a year and had to pull out the manual on my sewing machine (which was new to me last year) just to remember how to use it!

  8. How nice to be able to enjoy winter in such a productive way… Look forward to seeing some of your weaving projects when they are done. I love my alpaca scarf! Amazing to see eagles so close to you … Great photos & it looks like your lovely dogs make great sleeping companions..

    • The dogs have taken over the couch (and the bed)! Now Capp has also claimed a comfy rocking arm chair for his own. Pretty funny to see him curled up in it.

    • I am so enjoying these lovely old girls. And there are always more out there looking for a little love. I’m trying to find new homes for some of the wheels to make room for more!

    • The eagle came by every morning for a few days and checked out our yard. We haven’t seen him since then. Fortunately, the dogs love winter and there’s the added bonus of no ticks.

  9. I’ve had to take time off from blogging for much of the past year due to busyness. Your kind of busy is much more productive than mine however. I hope you don’t mind a question about the theme you use for your blog. I’m thinking of doing a refresh on my blog, and I think your theme is very attractive. Would you mind telling me what it is?

  10. Thanks for sharing your theme, Brenda. I tried it, but decided that it won’t work with my content, so I settled on another theme. It is working well so far. Thanks for your help along the way.

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