This week I finished the inner boxes for If I could save time in a bottle.
Some of the dividers will need straightening when I finally get to the stage of inserting all the labelled bottles.
I also glued on all the front labels.
I have enough of the blue/grey paper left to do the labels for the backs of the boxes, but I will have to purchase more to make covers for the little book with all the dates and their explanations. I had not allowed for doubling the sides of the inner boxes as well as the ends. Let’s hope the store still has some of the same paper left! It is a pastel paper —Fabriano Tiziano— which they regularly keep in stock, so I should be alright. If they are out of it, I can always try to match either the outer box or the ribbon.
I have also done a little more flattening of pages from the Decomp book.
Working with wet paper was a pleasanter job than gluing things in the warm weather we have been having.
Keeping cool has become more important with the hot weather, and this changes what I cook as well. Because I have a birthday this month (and presents are always nice) here is a gift of my recipe for Chilled Potato-Cucumber Soup. I made this up last week and it worked out really well.
(If you wish, you can download a pdf here.)
I cooked this a day ahead but you could do it the morning of the day you plan to serve it. I used homemade chicken stock left from cooking a stewing hen which came pre-loaded with salt, so I added no salt at all. I went with the English cucumber since that was what we had in the fridge. We also had an overabundance of chives in the garden but if you don’t, you could chop a small onion and cook it with the potatoes. I added a small amount of water just before serving because the soup had thickened while chilling. The chicken —meat from one cooked chicken leg, back on— was stirred in just before serving. With the meat, the soup served David and me as a main course for supper with enough left over for lunch the next day. I will make this again when there is fresh dill in the garden, and perhaps try stirring in some finely diced tomato at the end for more colour.
In other book arts news:
Have you ever wondered where books come from?
This post has turned up in several different places in the last couple of weeks, but in case you have not encountered it yet, I recommend going here to read the post on Zwischen den Stühlen.
In knitting news:
The turquoise shawl is finished and blocked,
and a yellow one is almost complete.
About the forest tent caterpillars: (Please note — only one image below shows actual caterpillars, and it is not a close-up.)
Yesterday we noticed the first caterpillar building a cocoon. The food supply has pretty much run out and many of the small caterpillars will definitely not make it to moth-hood. They have eaten all the trembling aspen leaves.
They have eaten all the leaves and the flowers on the fruit trees. The picture below was what would have been a clump of crabapple leaves in a normal year.
Fortunately, the caterpillars are less fond of lilac.
After the caterpillars moved into the elm tree that overhangs the house, we had to sweep the front porch every couple of hours because it kept looking like this.
Our lovely assistant Kemuri has developed a bit of a phobia about caterpillars. She does not like stepping on them, and she really doesn’t like them falling on her from the sky.