If you’ve ever grown a Hops Vine, you know how fast they grow. For years this was such a mess because I never cut it down every fall. Then I read that I should cut it down and a nice use of the hops vine is a fall decoration. They are very unruly and prickly but if you let them grow around a piece of twine or clothesline rope all you have to do is cut the rope at the ground and at the top and you’ve got a tightly wound piece of hops vine ready to be hung as a swag or twisted into a wreath. So that means every spring you need to replace the rope and don’t wait too long or the vine will be so rampant you will not be able to control it. So this is what I did yesterday. In the middle of the picture by the wooden gate I am going to plant hollyhocks. I’ll try to remember to take a photo of this same area in mid summer.
Someone said to me just yesterday that I must enjoy journaling. I thought I should say no but after I thought about it I realized that the Goat Gazette was just that and I wrote it for 20 years. I guess this blog is actually an ongoing “front page letter”.
The dogs would not pose for me but here is Jackson, Hope and Mia on our walk through the grove. Yes, I have 5 dogs with me for several days. I’ll update their pictures as I can. They’ve all been here before but not with each other so I’m wearing my whistle around my neck in case of any disagreements.
Remember how scruffy Emma looked late last winter?
Here she is today – sleek and beautiful once again!
I’ve had so many questions about my straight line quilting and I plan to post something very detailed and complete in a future post.
Today the dogs and I are going to work outside as much as possible – opening up the screened porch, moving the plants outside, mowing and fixing a fence that the goats have pushed down. If there’s time, maybe we can mow around the garden. It’s a great day in North Iowa!