Tuesday, September 11, 2012


This is my favorite time of the year. Asters and goldenrod are just starting to bloom. The end of garden chores is in sight.  Every year we vow to plant fewer tomatoes, etc., but maybe we are getting better at growing them or found better varieties.  This year we grew Brandywine for the first year.  Their growth was rank, quickly erupting out of the tomato cages, swarming over the peppers planted nearby and swooshing out over the ground.  We only had two plants, thank goodness!  They make very large, meaty, sweet tomatoes, but maybe just one of those will do for next year.  As Riverrim said, they give a whole new meaning to indeterminate.  We also grew Moreton and a tomato we had saved seeds from plus two others I forgot the names of – so a total of six plants.  Yikes.

We didn’t get any pears or grapes this year.  The pears didn’t get pollinated and the grapes were apparently not all that happy about being pruned so heavily.  The deer are getting what few apples there were.

I saved seed from the Turk’s Turban squash realizing they may have been cross pollinated with the buttercup or another C. maxima from last year so I got some interesting ones.  They all should be very tasty.  Last year’s Turk’s Turban squash lasted well into the spring which I thought was very impressive.

This lovely Vezina CPW will be going to a new home in a few days.  It is completely original except for new hooks and new bobbins.  Thanks to Caroline Foty’s (fiddletwist on Ravelry) new book on CPW’s and their makers, we were able to quickly identify it and then Jerseylightning on Ravelry found the  Vezina “muffler-strap” patent so we were able to date the wheel to around 1880.


Blogger thecrazysheeplady said...

That's a gorgeous wheel!

11:11 AM  
Blogger CarolineF said...

Very handsome! Fred's flyers are so lovely.

7:03 AM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Glad to hear the Vezina found an owner to love it...it is a terrific spinner (haven't met a Vezina I didn't like!)

Your winter squash harvest is always so beautiful...and is that an 8 pointer? HANDSOME buck!

7:33 AM  
Blogger Jack Blackburn said...

beautiful wallpapers

11:25 PM  
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Blogger Lindsay said...

Hi! I have a Vezina with muffler strap tension as well. Both Ferdinand and Pierre Vezina used muffler strap tension as well as other types. Ferdinand made wheels until 1898 and Pierre until 1917. If your wheel has a Ferdinand stamp then it could have been made anywhere in 1880-1898. If it says PLY Vezina (Pierre) or it has no stamp (like mine) then it could be 1880-1917. I love mine and she spins beautifully! The original hooks and bobbin were still there but I had a ton of crud to clean off with Murphy's. Hope you put yours to good use! ��

10:06 PM  

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