A week in pictures

After a week which I was glad to see the back of, I’ve just had one of annual leave and managed to pack quite a lot in, although very little gardening is in the mix. Most forays into the garden have been to collect windfalls.

On Monday, I went on a Heritage Open Day walk from Leeds city centre along the River Aire/Aire and Calder Navigation. Amongst other pieces of information, I learned that these water courses are at times one and the same thing. At other times, they are separate entities. It’s to do with making the river more navigable in the time before trains in order to transport goods to and from Leeds and the east coast.

Once a dock, now a lily pond.

An amazing mural near the Royal Armouries.
Eco-housing – it is being made on-site, on the side of the river we were standing.

Yesterday, I also walked part of the Navigation: Woodlesford to Methley. A friend wanted to show me a café in Methley which has recently opened and sells good coffee. The heron in the photo below must have been very interested in some fish, as it let us get up unusually close to it as we were walking along.

At least I wasn’t stealing its food when I went foraging for elderberries near home. As I was picking them for my first attempt at natural dyeing, a walker had a chat to me about some other foragers who he’d thought might be depriving wildlife of blackberries. I do, however, think there is enough wild food in our area for all to share.

Teeswater fleece, spun 4-ply diameter and dyed with elderberries.

There was more dyeing at Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild meeting today. We were blessed with a warm and sunny day, so were able to carry out the process outside. I did, however, only observe this process, whilst others produced beautiful blue yarns and fabrics from the indigo dye vats.

In addition to observing the dyeing, I took the opportunity to have a look round the farming museum. The most interesting parts were replica dwellings from the time of the Danelaw.

These huts make my house look very big!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to A week in pictures

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    What a lovely week you enjoyed. I wonder if the heron had a fish supper?

  2. A good set. Dock to lily pond is so telling

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That sounds like some lovely outings!

  4. I’m glad you had an action-filled and enjoyable week of leave.

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