Working backwards, when I got home this evening, the wind had caused a minor disaster in the greenhouse. Basically, some of the bars had worked themselves loose and without support the shelving had up-ended, leading to all the seedlings toppling to the ground.
Sadly, most of them are probably lost. But I managed to salvage a few cayenne pepper seedlings and these have now been replanted in a better pot – inside the real house!
This misfortune did nothing to dampen my happiness after a wonderful day out with my sewing bee. The last, and possibly best, place we visited was Salts Mill, in Saltaire, Bradford, where David Hockney was exhibiting his latest art. Aside from the subject matter, the theme of which was spring in this part of the world, the works had been made using an iPad and emailed to his friends.
However they were produced, I was taken with both the setting and the pictures themselves. The one below is my favourite of them all.
While Salts Mill may now be an interesting place to spend an afternoon, browsing the art and the shops with thought-provoking books, antiques and other more unusual paraphernalia, it once had a very different use. As the name suggests, it was a factory – for spinning wool. And while Sir Titus Salt was a progressive man for his time, giving his workers conditions which others could only dream of, these were not what we would find palatable in the twenty-first century.
The photo above is a piece of artwork but is meant to illustrate one aspect of conditions which would be unacceptable here today. Unfortunately, while child labour is prohibited on these islands, I wonder how many people realise that the countries where their clothes are often now made still employ children to clothe our backs?
Maybe we could upcycled more, which is one thing the members of my sewing bee are good at. The exhibit below from a gallery in Farsley, an area in Leeds, isn’t perhaps what I had in mind but it is certainly different!