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I feel like I am emerging from a cocoon. In this case the cocoon was a 7 month long Pacific Northwest Winter – over 100 inches of rain since October and counting. I really am grateful that the drought in the rest of California south if us has been declared over. But I am more than ready for this long rainy winter to end. The good news is that we are starting to get a few sun days in between stints of Spring showers. Our yard is starting to come alive in flowers. The camellias and native azaleas are blooming and so are the bluebells.
My English husband looks for these blooms each year to remind him of fields of them in his native Yorkshire when he was a boy. Right now I am grateful to be sipping a glass of merlot as the sun baks through the clouds and lights up the corner windows as I write this. Happy Spring all!!
Our redwood trees started shedding the first dried branchlets this week. It’s a gray day with a hint of cool drizzle in the air – a jeans and sweatshirt day. My antidote to the grey is this merino yarn I had spun awhile ago and put in my stash. Easy pattern for a scarf and great color.
I also love the color contrast of this heather flowering in our garden right now.
Today has been mostly cloudy after almost 1 and a half inches of gentle rain in 24 hours. But that is always perfect weather to find sanctuary in my little studio.
Here is today’s Tour de Fleece installment of a bobbin of Shetland singles on my Kromski Minstrel. Thai is my first time spinning Shetland and thank goodness I am enjoying it as I have 2 pounds!
I have been appreciating the vibrant colors in these heathers in our garden. Even when they are not flowering the foliage often adds a stunning contrast.
As I was spinning, one of our resident squirrels hung from the window screen and was undeterred by my presence in a quest for sunflower seeds and peanuts.
This year I am participating in Tour de Fleece. It is a worldwide yarn spinning event. The idea is to spin every day that the cyclists are pedaling in the Tour de France. The first day was July 2. It took me that day to realize via social media that the event was underway. I also burned up some time deciding to participate rather than just be a bystander. But here is the result of my labors on Day 2 of the event
In case you are more interested in Matilija poppies here you go…..
Right now this Redwood stands to my left having dropped a carpet of needles.
The redwood sorrel punctuate the needles along the bank.
I sit along the path in the shade of these ancient trees spinning this…..
Once in awhile I get lucky and catch a pose from my male silky fresh from his bath. This is right before he hears the dreaded click and scurried away.
I count my blessings as I look over the wilderness that is my playground.
3 weeks ago I got a call from 2 friends asking me to do a “huge huge huge favor”. I who LOVE retirement and am over 4 years into it was being asked to go back to work. Cover for a friend going out on sudden leave. Social work with older adults. Quilting and spinning on hold. Fewer hours in the studio and in the sun. And I said “yes”. Oh my. Did I think it would be easy? Not. But it is a reminder of why I love retirement and will be happy to get back to it at the end of April. More sun. More studio time. Memories of a job well done.