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First Bloom

First flower after pruning


Between Storms

They say the storm coming in tomorrow will be the “storm of the decade”.  It may bring 5-8 inches of rain.  We have been getting a steady series of storms since September.  But there are also beautiful days in between and even some dewy blooms hanging on.




Autumn Glory

I love autumn.  I am blissfully taking in the smells and colors and that feeling in the air.  Here is some Fall color compliments of our backyard Fremontia bush.


In the Pink Part 2

Here is my eye candy for today: the plied yarn I posted as spun singles awhile back along with 2 other colors I also have finished. ImageI have a total of 600 yds with the hank on the right being about 400 yds.  Am thinking of knitting this yarn up as a lacy vest I found on Ravelry:  I own the Luisa Harding book and am thinking a pink/fuchsia vest body with the other 2 variations graduating to the lavender as I knit toward the scoop neck might work.

I have been diverted by other things and have been absent from the blogosphere.  Sometimes life takes over.  But I always have to make room for craft therapy.

Our Farmers Market started last weekend and my husband sells native plants there every Saturday.  I usually hang out but get kinda antsy over the course of 5 hours.  The weather has been nice enough these first 2 Saturdays to take my spinning wheel and set it up outdoors to spin while the patrons browse through the market.  It has been fun to pass some of the market time spinning and it has been even more fun talking to the people who stop to watch and ask questions or share stories.  I think as artisans part of our work is in doing stewardship to keep interest and information about our crafts.

One more piece of eye candy to wrap up the theme for today.


In the Pink

There is an abundance of pink in my life right now.  My latest spinning project is another step in the quest to clean up my small lots of fiber.  This fiber has been in my bins for years and as of this week is getting spun into singles so far.


Some of the other pinks come from the numerous rhododendrons that abound this year both on our property and all over town and in the woods.  This particular rhodie once lived at my sister’s home in northern Oregon.  It was unhappy shoved in a corner of the house and they had no other home for it.  So it bravely made a 300 mile trip in the open back of a pickup truck to northern California.  Poor plant took a couple of years to recover from being wind-whipped but here she is 7 feet tall and thriving!


And here is one of my favorites……..



I love columbine.Image

The flowers look like fairy bells or hats for little elves.  They are just such  happy flowers.  I am enjoying the fact that this is one of the best Spring seasons we have ever had here with the variety of blooms and the sheer numbers of flowers on each plant.  Glorious!Image


I truly love lilacs. Image  My love of lilacs goes back to my childhood.  I had an aunt and uncle who lived in a grand 2-story New England white colonial house on a hill.  The house was on several acres of land with a lot of grass, a huge vegetable garden and a small apple orchard.  Isn’t that a postcard image!  It didn’t get better than that for a kid who lived in an inner city, Polish ghetto, tenement house neighborhood.

To one side of the house was an old wooden well housing.  The camouflage for that well housing was the magic.  The housing was inside a hollow space surrounded by what must have been quite an old lilac bush.  The bush was so wide and so tall and so dense that I could keep company with the well housing and not be seen. It stayed cooler in there in the humid summer heat.   And of course the best part of the escape was being surrounded by the smell and sight of lilacs when they were in bloom.  Image

I do have lilac bushes now.  I don’t have a lilac bush big enough to escape into physically anymore.  However to this day when I smell lilacs I can close my eyes and go back to that kinder, gentler time.  I truly love lilacs.

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