Sunday, May 18, 2014

Weaving a Wattle Fence

Last weekend I learned that if you can do this (and who among those of us "of a certain age" couldn't still make one in our sleep?)...



You can do this.


Wattle fences were used in medieval times and are defined as "consisting of rods or stakes interlaced with twigs or branches".


Wattle fences aren't as common in America as in England...except in Searsport, Maine, of course, where anything is possible.

Last weekend, we joined our friends Astrig and Steve at Searsport Shores to help them clean-up their campground for Spring. My friend Anita and I took on the challenge of finishing the wattle fence near the art studio. Before last weekend, I didn't even know what a wattle fence was...now Anita and I were weaving one!


Thankfully, it had been a rainy week and there were plenty of damp fallen branches around the campground to use. Anita's husband, Fred, helped by trimming some of the larger ones for us.


 While we wove outside, our Fiber College friend, Alice, was busy threading a loom inside the art studio.
 

 
And while we were all weaving...
 
and posing with our finished fence...


Hank and "the guys" were felling dead trees...


Saving bear-bothered bees...
 
 

And cleaning out "Cheryl's Green Shed" for the last time (I hope!).


After a day of hard work, Astrig and Steve always reward us with food and wine (smart campground owners!) They built an outdoor beehive oven behind the art studio over the winter so dinner was homemade flatbread pizza with fresh herbs.


Anita took her turn at the oven...

While Alice and Astrig prepped the flatbread.

Is it any wonder we come back here every year? Great friends, great food, creative work...
 

 
and the ocean right outside our camper door.
 
We're weaving memories!
 
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