Day lily leaves in the dark

Nothing like chopping up day lily leaves in the dark.

Tomorrow I do a paper making demo for the local Historical Society members. I plan on using day lily leaves from the flower beds at the historical house across the street from us. The members will then be able to pull sheets of paper made from their property.

All well and good.  I dug the pulp made last year out of the freezer so it could thaw overnight and be ready for pulling sheets.  And then I found the bag of dried leaves collected at the end of the season last year.  By the time I actually had time to work on them, it was after dinner and we were in the middle of a downpour. Fortunately the rain didn’t last very long.

So with drops dripping off the cherry tree, I weighed the bag of leaves, set up my guillotine paper cutter on the outside table and started chopping away. By the time I was finished it was DARK. The deck light helped some, but I’m sure I missed various other materials that are now part of the pot of day lily leaves soaking in the garage.  Will cook them up tomorrow early and be all set to run them through the Hollander beater.

I do want to remember to keep some of the stuff from each stage so the folks coming can see what happens at each step.

Should be a fun evening. It’ll be topped off with home made pies after everyone has pulled at least one sheet to take home with them.

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