More about Two Years Before the Mast, which I spoke about in my previous post.
In this book I was particularly struck by the references to textile pursuits. The ship's crew, in rare spare moments, was usually engaged in rope-making and rope-mending activities, the shredding of old rope into oakum (a caulking material composed of shredded fiber and tar), and the making and mending of their own clothing. Yes, by the end of the voyage, our author was actually adept at making his own jackets and trousers! Necessity is the mother of...
I guess this is not a great leap - this morning I decided to tackle the hole in an old hammock with cotton cord and wood glue. I splinted the cut ends with new rope, glued all the knots and joins, and wrapped them with more cord. Then I Introduced a few new cords. It's not pretty, but will give this wonderful old hammock a few more years of life, me hearties!
In the lampas department, I settled on a design with a lot of randomness to it. I think it will be good for clothing. No big dinner plates here.
A thoughtful guest has left an interesting plant on my kitchen table. I love the patterns in this specimen. Does anyone know what it is?