Requiem for a Quince

Which of these things is not like the others?


Yep. It’s that strange orange-brown thing in the foreground.


My poor little quince tree just shut down and died.


It all happened so quickly.
No apparent insect damage. No lesions. No fungus.
The only thing I can think of that might have done this is verticillium wilt.
As far as I can tell, there’s nothing I could have done to save him.

It makes me sad, because it took about 4 years or so to get him established and to the point where he was bearing fruits. And they were really neat fruits.

Dag. Guess we’ll have to replant. Something that isn’t susceptible.

But in other news- I did finish the Tour. Early, in fact. (guess I kind of misjudged that one. I’ll set a more challenging goal for myself next time!)
Here is the Griff yarn hanging out and acting all casual at the finish line.


And it was a good week for the Classic Oak cardigan as well-


The back is complete, and I’ve moved on to the right front-


I also managed to get another almost-15 ounces of wool carded and blended. Hopefully enough to get it done (fingers crossed!)


And, remember the original chicken tote?
I’d been thinking for a while that I wanted to developed another style.
And finally today I went for it.
I’m please to introduce, the Chicken Messenger bag!

here is the inside- lined with an old pair of khakis 🙂

The lining gives it a little more weight and buffers the crinkley-ness of the plastic.
What it really needs, though, is a handwoven strap.
Will work on that.


    • sheepsclothing

      Thanks. I really want to make myself a Griff sweater. His fleece has such nice body and bounce to it. Great sweater wool.

  1. Farmlady

    I’m so sorry about the death of your little quince tree. What a shame! I lost a fig tree last year just like this. It just died. I did have goats and a couple of fox severely prune it the year before, so I guess it just gave up. It hurts to lose a tree.
    Love the messenger bag. Nice idea to line it.

    • sheepsclothing

      Yeah, I suppose getting severely pruned could have stressed it quite a bit. I tried to grow a fig back there too, but our last winter was really hard on it. Now it’s in intensive care being nursed back to health. Maybe once I have a greenhouse…..


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