It’s dim and very green outside with a couple patches of pink where Sam can’t reach some of the roses and white where blackberries are peeking through the other plants.
Sam just set out a chunk of stale bread and within seconds…even before I heard the door shut, there’s a crow standing on it. It’s fastened down by being stuck to the “raccoon preventer”, so the crow is standing on it, pecking repeatedly to stuff his beak. …now, he’s flown away. …and back for more… and must have gotten attacked on the other roof since now there are several of ‘em squabbling over there. There’ve been hummingbirds this morning. I’ve seen more than a dozen. There was also a chickadee who entertained me for a while with his fluttering and chirping. Noisy little guy….
We had a lot of things to go to the shop again, not like yesterday, but still some clean dishes (from the ones that we missed on Wednesday….) horehound, hydrangea, lavender and a bag of mixed bits and pieces of herbs, and a couple of bolts of fabric along with the usual baskets and boxes. I had harvested the cinquefoil, just before heading for the shop, several roses and other herb bits and the lavender, clearing all of the English lavender in the main garden. There’s a bit left on the bushes out front, but it may be all dried up. I’ll check it this morning.
Sam had a several tasks when we first got to the shop, so I went into the back and worked on the plants, gradually working my way through the trays as I got the rosebuds stripped, stacking the drying trays and getting the dehydrator ready. That didn’t get started until long after Rowan got to the shop, late in the afternoon.
I had to stop for a while because we’ve been having trouble with e-mails, both stuff going to the shop and going out from the house. It was complicated because it involved several service providers and 8 e-mail addresses and forwarding and so on. I think it took us two hours, and there were e-mails to send out from home in the evening.
I got the work table sorted out. It’s not done, but it’s a lot better and much more useable. It looks like what happened was me getting sick last weekend. When I wasn’t there and folks needed the space on the table, everything got stacked on the compounding station. Not a problem once I got back there and started putting things away!
When Nexes showed up he started in on lavender wands and we got a shock. Someone had piled most of the ones that he’s been making into a plastic box and the ones on the bottom molded. I hated to do it, but those all landed in the burn bin. We’ve got a whole basket now with dried lavender in the bottom, drying sweetgrass braids in the middle and the newest lavender wands around the edge.
There’s a raven, now, interested in the stale bread. He looks like he’s sneaking up on it, since he’s walking carefully. …omg, he got the whole piece! He had to fight to fly, but landed on the roof next door.
I did get the dracaena tied up. It’s not pretty, but it will grow straight, now. I also got the yarrow hung for drying, once I stripped it of its leaves. The flowers dry well, hung up, but I’m finding that the leaves are easier to deal with if I dry them separately in baskets.
I started on the workstation drawers, but just didn’t get enough time. We were busy with a lot of customers yesterday.
During the afternoon, Sam and I finally got the crystals wall inventoried. It was a slog since things were mixed up and he hasn’t dealt with the messed up titles for things before, but that’s done. We’re gradually getting the in-depth inventory (that was a dire necessity) finished.
Late in the day, before the 101 class got going, I did a reading for someone. I had put a bunch of the things that I want to move to the other window shelf on that table, so I had to clean it off, first!
Nexes and Rowan were working on the dried lavender yesterday, the stuff that’s been being set out in boxes for weeks, now. It’s dry enough to rub the blossoms off and then the whole 101 class got involved in it. I think I need to get a bag made to do that in. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought about that before!
I managed to clear 1/3 of my to-do list, yesterday! That’s a record….
Today, the drawers are still needing to be done and the chamomile needs to be spread out in baskets. The horehound still needs to be hung up, as well, and I really ought to get to the stuff on the shelves that’s been drying for a month or more. It needs processing, at the least. We also want to work through the herb wall and see if we can get through the necklaces across the back of that amulet section.
Rowan, Marius and Fawkes are going to go play upriver. Leah and Nexes are taking a trip to the Herb Store today, as well, and Nexes is going to purchase some stuff for the shop. I’ll be at the shop at least part of the day, so that Sam and I can keep going on the inventory and I can get the other stuff done, but then I’ll head home when Fawkes gets here.
Stellar Jay on the feeder. Wow, they squawk! … There are about 8 hummingbirds on the rosebushes and a whole flock of sparrows waiting for the jay to move….
The shop opens at 10, this morning. Summer hours – Thursday through Monday, 10am-6pm! If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!
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