One of our contacts in the Farmers Market makes some lovely things with stained glass and talking to his wife last week we found that he also runs two hour work shops, so we signed up.
The work shop was supposed to last two hours, but he is a very patient man and we were there for three hours. The work shop is mainly to give you the feel of working with glass,
|Grinding the edges to a smooth finish.|
Cutting plain window glass is fairly easy, cutting coloured glass is hard, or we found it so, although Rainer made it look easy. I guess it's one of those things that comes with lots of practice.
|Copper taping the edges.|
|Soldering the bird together.|
|Simon's humming bird.|
We both enjoyed our introduction and are pleased with what we managed to make. Unfortunately it is not a craft that can easily be done at home, you do need certain equipment which unless you intend to do lots of stained glass work would not justify the cost, so we will content ourselves with the odd workshops.
|As calm as a mill pond.|
|Lovely light reflections.|
|The Boyle river.|
Meanwhile seed planting continues, salad bowl lettuce, calabrese, cauliflower and mange tout peas have been sown in trays and root trainers, these will be grown in the poly tunnel for early crops, the new raised beds are warming under polythene and the first early potatoes, Duke of York and Maris Piper are chitting ready to plant out on St Paddies day.
Colour is now showing on the Daffodils, another week and they will start blooming, colour is also showing on the Camelia bushes, and the primroses are all out. Spring is nearly here.
|Shredded branches to use as a mulch.|
More hedging bushes have been added to our shelterbelt hedge row, which is half way down the garden field, more Rosa Rugosa which do very well here, plus ten Hornbeam and ten Field Maples, this hedge row will in time give good protection to the vegetable garden as well as attracting the wild birds and the bees.
|Pilot cloche project, to see if it withstand the winds.|