Cascade hops nearly ready for picking.
I have always loved old metal and always have to stop to take a picture if I have my camera with me – the rustier the better – beautiful but sad to see once treasured sewing machines abandoned.
I have been given the two most extraordinary gifts this weeks and oddly both are original prototypes. I feel humbled by the workmanship that has gone into the making of both of them and both relevant to the new website. I will be posting about them later this month, watch this space…
Here are some of the first pieces of my ‘hoppy’ fabric which have arrived hot off the Woven Monkey printer, so exciting to see them for real, it has been quite a journey.
I will have time to have a play now before hop picking starts.
They are in a sussex trug, these traditional baskets are not only beautiful but amazingly adaptable and strong.
Trug made by local craftsman Richard Bingham.
‘Till St. James’s Day be done and gone, There may be hops there may be none’
This year has been incredibly dry yet again in the south east and the hops were showing signs of suffering. On 24th July when we had the first good ground soaking rain fall, according to the old hop growing adage, that was perfect timing. St James’s Day being on the 25th July this was an 11th hour reprieve.
The Hop Farm from the air…