When we last left off, we had just started rolling the seed heads Cole had removed with his bladed implement and the rakes when Henry returned from his quest. He had gone off to seek grated screens so we could sieve out the chaff and sand and leave less wast with the seed.
51-53 the sieving begins, There were a lot of screen options and it took a moment to work out the right order.
54-55 The seed fell further than the chaff, the sand fell further than the seed. It was a brilliant idea!
56-58 Cole tried the rolling method without the pillowcase and then added the squished bits to the sieves.
59-60 The fine sieve got rid of a lot of the sand
61-67 The sieves removed a lot of chaff and sand! What a brilliant idea!
68 Some of the chaff had tiny stones that would not fit through the sieve.
69 We labeled the bags as sieved and unsaved.
70-71 we had a couple of cow supervisors checking our work. We continued to keep an eye on the cleaners in case they went for the bags with chaff and seeds (with a team effort I am sure they would have carried the bags away!!)
72-75 Henry moved the flax back to the wagon, we pulled a few bundles for Bernadette to try field retting. The rest of the flax will be off to the trough to rett. We made sure to take all the bags of seed and chaff with us. (Those cleaners look vary through)
We called it a day and headed home via a couple more stops.
One was at Ann’s to pick up butter tarts and cookies we had pre ordered and see the bulging box of wool bomb from World of Wool!!
76 best not to open it we will never get it back in the box.
77 Surprise!! You have lambs!! In August!
78 Turkeys!!(Ann’s lawn ornaments stair at you then all talk at once!)
79 some of her Boys, look at those lovely colour coats!!!! (i hope they get a trim before there off to where ever boy lambs go so you don’t have august lambs.)
A last word on the flax
While I get back to felting, Henry and Cathy Louise will give the flax a spa day, two or three submerged in the trough. I am unsure of the name of this particular spa treatment. It dose not seem to be covered in my hydrotherapy notes from school, since we never submerged patents in hydrotherapy using a layer of cinder-blocks to keep them under. Where would you get therapeutic cinder-blocks?
Have fun and happy felting, i will let you know when the flax has emerged from the “spa” and is ready for some heavy tapotement!