Seasonal happenings: Autumn

The weather is turning toward autumn. Leaves harvested last season are being converted into new forms. This linen collar came apart with some effort.

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Here it is in the process of becoming a project bag. Along with prunus prints…

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And maple prints from leaves I found over someone else’s fence!

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I’ve been making the best of the remaining sunny days, making soy milk mordant.

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This is a task best done when it is neither too hot nor too cold.  Too hot can leave your soy milk smelling nasty!

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The making doesn’t take warm weather, but multiple dips and dryings are greatly helped by sunshine.

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My friends held a big passata making day.  Many tomatoes pulped, skins and seeds removed.

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Many beer bottles repurposed.  By the end of the day, they were gone and all kinds of jars and bottles were pressed into use.

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And then, for the long, slow heating.

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Ruby saltbush is still fruiting.

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Several colours of leaves and of fruit.

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I have been taking advantage of the season to collect for next spring’s planting.

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I even managed to collect some more bladder saltbush seeds. Autumn is a lovely season!

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8 responses to “Seasonal happenings: Autumn

  1. Susan

    Soy milk mordant, I had forgotten about that. John Marshall is a man who has done lots of dyeing in japan and here in the states and has a booklet going into great detail. What I really liked were the maple leaves on that bag. We just had a big hail storm, too much excitement 🙂

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    • I tried to by his booklet unsuccessfully. But perhaps another opportunity will come my way. Hos work sounds amazing, Mine, a little more prosaic! Hope all is well in the hail.

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  2. carlseapatch

    Gorgeous, my birthday is in October!!

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  3. Hi what do you do with the bladder saltbush seeds, did you eat them?

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    • No, I planted them. And saved some for plantong when spring comes.

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      • Jac

        Thanks 🙂

        What do you use or plant them for?

        Do you know whether you can eat any part of the bladder saltbush?

        Is it the white one in the right-hand side of the red berries in the picture?

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      • I plant them because they are native (which means they are drought hardy and likely provide good habitat for native animals and insects), and because they are beautiful. I am trying to provide plant cover in parts of my neighbourhood which are currently uncared for waste land which might only have weeds growing in it. I don’t know if this plant is edible. Fruits of ruby saltbush are edible and that is easier to grow.

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