Friday, December 19, 2008

international blue string

When we lived on Shirlett all minor repairs around the farm were effected with bright blue polypropylene string. Repairing fences, tidying stuff up, holding vegetation out of the way, a makeshift belt - all used blue string. Years later we find that French farmers are just as fond of it especially for tricking cows into thinking it's an electric fence. It is known as international blue string in our house. I have taken to photographing it - it makes for a bright splash of colour on these grey days. I think of it as a line of scribble across the landscape although as you can see from the photo below - some people are neater than others!

I haven't been round here much lately. It's meant to be a tapestry blog or at least a maker's blog and I haven't been making anything... I hope to rectify this in the new year.

1 comment:

Debbie Herd said...

Hi Meabh, and I thought that only Australia ran on what we call hay band (they use it to tie the hay bales together) we now have a wondeful magenta as well as the blue. It is used for everything from tying garden plants to belts and has even been used as an emergancy fan belt for a car!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hoping that we all have a productive 2009 Debbie.