Since it is Wednesday, I am sharing some photos of what’s on my hob, rather than my desk, with the WOYWW gang and also belatedly some photos with the Tea Gang (links at the end of the post).
The weather has been pretty amazing so I haven’t been spending as much time inside as usual, plus you just never know when it is going to start raining so we have to make the most of it! It’s good weather for getting things done, inside and outside, and one of the things I got done this week was my next batch of avocado ink. I’ve been saving these beauties for a while but I do eat a lot of avocados so the pile was getting very high and I needed to use some of them! Anyone who saw this in the kitchen would eye it suspiciously and then give me a strange look as if to say, why on earth would anyone be saving these (assuming they recognised them as avocado seeds that is and not something that belonged in the bin lol)
Some years ago, I did a course in natural dyes and inks, various mordants and additives etc. I was mostly interested in dyeing fabrics and yarns at the time, but inks were also covered. I was very interested in what could be done with native plants and especially lichens, and I did collect quite a lot of samples on my travels. If I can track down the photos, I will link to them. More recently there was an article in Somerset Studio, maybe 2017 or 2018, and even more recently, avocado ink was featured in one of the Life Book taster sessions. But of course, google is your friend – you can find many free articles about making avocado ink with a simple google search. I have my own way of doing it through my previous experiments, so I tend to stick to what works for me. I used most of what was in this bowl but kept a few of them for the next batch.
After I was done with the avocado seeds, they ended up looking like this… they are so dark, so you can imagine how the ink is going to turn out!
Here’s an accident waiting to happen lol. One of these is my avocado ink, another is red berry herbal tea and then there is my glass with the straws in it, and all of them are a similar colour. I had a moment of worry when I realised I might have poured from the wrong jug hahaha but luckily I drank the right one!
I managed to fill these two screw-top jars and this little fancy ink bottle with the avocado ink. You can see the colour of it showing through the ink bottle and also on the small tester paper strip. The colour can range from a pale pink to a very deep red, mine is leaning towards the deep red colour!
I haven’t had a chance to use it yet because of all the busyness. Peonies are looking beautiful and are really appreciating the weather. Normally they get battered by wind and rain as soon as they open up but this year is different. They also look like they are learning to survive in a jungle lol somewhere behind all that lot is a fence!
This one has almost grown at tall as the fence! And look how blue the sky is!
We are also picking strawberries every day at the moment, the harvest has never been this good!
Today’s dessert – home grown strawberries and whipped coconut cream!
I did some internal reorganising of the cat trees, and moved a big one from the living room to the sunroom since it has more beds at the top and they can sunbathe without fighting over them. As soon as I started dragging it across the house, they both jumped on for the ride! They’ve ignored it for months but now it’s moving, it’s suddenly very interesting lol.
Once the cat tree was in the sunroom, it was put to good use, though it doesn’t really look very comfortable with her neck on a funny angle but she seemed to like it.
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
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