21 March 2011

tea, weaving and life in general


Its been a very surreal week, and although we can forget for a day, turn off the internet, tv and radio, all the time we know, for lots of people in Japan, they are in mourning for their children, parents, fiends and neighbours, all lost within the same few minutes of the same day. 
I have realised that the world is a very scary place sometimes and we should take stock of what we have and appreciate it a bit more. A well known cheesy fact I know, but a very true one! 
This weekend, after a frosty morning, the spring popped out its bleary head and said hello...



it was a beauty of a day, and in that same morning I heard about the deaths of two people in Japan and the birth of another...Nao is now an Uncle again! {that means I'm an Auntie doesn't it?} We are so happy for Nao's sister & husband, and for Kesennuma, who now has a new resident that is happily oblivious to what just happened to their hometown. On that thought, we made a trip to the caf for some brekkie.

...and walked back through the blossoms in Peckham Rye {not quite Japanese cherry blossoms, but near enough}.


During the week, we received this cup of tea via the post! from our dear friends in Holland, who, although we have never met...always seems to know the right things to say.

some lovely Assam leaf tea, we had a little tea ceremony in our garden, and used my Grandma's silver tea strainer, and our new pottery mugs for the first time.

corrrr!

It was almost a balmy 15 degrees! I decided to spring clean my shed...

and began weaving again. I'm making a scarf for Nao. It is white Irish linen and charcoal grey cashmere. A strange combination you might think, but I did it before {but a different colour} and it was so soft but light and airy, perfect for spring time neck attire me thinks.
I used this little two heddle loom which I found in a flea market a couple of years ago. It was all rusted and broken, but I took it all apart and fixed it up. Its the first time I have used it in fact.
It does just plain weave, I usually weave lots of patterns and colours, but for some reason, I feel like I want to keep things simple.

I love looking at all the threads knowing I threaded them all correctly!

I spent alot of time pottering around the flat, putting things in jars, folding up clothes...

and i finally found a nice lampshade for my car boot sale 70s masterpiece lamp base. Its from Habitat and is called Shoji, which is apparently what Japanese paper sliding doors are made from.
{please excuse woodchip wall paper, not our fault}


I like looking at my achievements. 
Plimsoll likes climbing the washing rack.


















































have a lovely week peoples {and a special thank you to those readers still checking in to Junkaholique from Japan, keep yourselves safe, we are all thinking of you x}.