~ Owing to a combination of being short and broad and owning a black dog, I dislike wearing pastel or over-bright colours. I have bought washing machine dyes in dark blue and a dark purple. The t-shirts - sky blue, a leafy pale green (pretty but not for me) and a rather crude viridian - which I subject to the dark blue dye give good results, a strong rich blue in the case of the sky and pale green, slightly pleasantly dirtied in the latter, and the viridian becomes a very fine dark teal, peacock even. However, when tried with the purple, the light olive green dress which I never could take to in that colour, turns out an alarmingly violent violet. I decide to dry it and try it on again to see if I really like it enough to make it worthwhile risking applying another colour on top - the dark blue again, or another green, even brown or red - to try to rectify it, or just to cut my losses and put it in the relais.
~ (Picture) A wren's nest under the porch at my brother's, close enough to the front door to touch. The birds left invisibly a short time ago, and the nest is now unravelling.