In every conversation, especially with strangers, talking about the weather is inevitable, especially here in the UK where the weather can be unpredictable. ‘Nice weather we’re having today’, ‘Too bad about the rain’, ‘It’s too hot’ or ‘It’s too cold’. Whatever the weather, someone will complain about it. I don’t complain even if it is too hot or too cold or too wet, I just say that this is England. We don’t get regular seasons as we do in the USA where I come from, New Jersey. Snow is a rarity in the south.
We are in the middle of summer and we have had some glorious weather, which meant we could eat outside and I didn’t have to tidy up my felting projects on the dining room table. However, after a long dry spell, we were due for some rain. I bring this up because many people have asked me about how the pods I made will hold up in bad weather. Frankly, I really don’t have a clue as I have never made pods for the garden before. I don’t expect them to last forever. I would expect at some point that they would biodegrade. When? Only time will tell. I didn’t use expensive wool to make the pods so when they eventually breakdown I won’t be sad about it. It will just be an interesting experiment. We had some heavy rain last night and this morning so I went to look at the pods.
Apart from these water beads, the pod is basically dry. As those of you who work with wool already know, wool is water repellent. You can see that when you lay out your wool and how it beads up when you wet it. When a piece is fully felted and hard, like a hat for instance, water will bead up on it. All you have to do is just give it a shake and then it will be dry. It might not be so great in a torrential downpour, but for the average English rainy day it will be good protection. This is why wool makes great cloth for outerwear.
I live on the coast, so we do get breezy weather quite often. If I have any concerns about my pods it is that the wind might take them away as they are so light!