It was one of those West Coast days’ yesterday. The kind you would like to bottle, like some peaches, to pull out on a really grey, damp Winter day!
We took full advantage. Long walk with Sophie in Bowen Park, along Millstream in the morning. And then, in the afternoon, a shorter walk down the hill to Woodstream Park, again with Sophie. Sophie is great at getting us up and moving!
The sun shone all day. It was warm and gorgeous! Flowers are starting to pop up everywhere and I even saw a Camellia in full bloom – in a very protected spot of course, but it was gorgeous! The Cherry Tree Grove by Woodstream is just starting to bud, and some of the buds even look like they are ready to open – but the full on bloom is still a ways away!
Bowen Park was wonderful.
There is still a lot of run-off from the rains that have been prevalent lately and Millstream is running full-bore and everything is green and lush. There was a wonderful stillness in the air yesterday morning. The downed Totems by the Duck Pond looked quite pensive in the morning sun – “from dust to dust” or from the earth and back to the earth.
The message that they hold for me is very strong.
I can understand the meaning of the cycle and its importance – but the beauty that is fading allows me to understand the mind-set of the conservator. But there will always be beauty to be created if the cycle is maintained. We need to remember that!
I picked up my Fair-isle glove this weekend. The workshop is only three weeks away, not very long at all. I am almost happy with the results so far.
I may have to change my mind on that – the pictures have left me feeling that something is not quite right. I will have to think about it!
I am debating whether or not to pattern the fingers – I think that the richness of the patterning so far might be enough, but some of the heavily patterned fair-isle gloves that I have seen are simply gorgeous!
I did decide to start a Ravelry Group for the Forums Page. I want to be able to continue the camaraderie of the Dark of the Morning Group for all of knitters who are working with my patterns. I also want everyone to feel free to ask questions if they are having problems.
A Sophie story – today Sophie found my shoes – my work shoes. First she brought one upstairs and I rescued it and placed it up on the bookcase – just about everything she likes is on top of the bookcase – one day it will all fall down. But I digress, about an hour later she brought the other shoe upstairs. She did not want to give this one back so she went to the back door and whined to be let out – with my shoe in her mouth! I guess she thought I wouldn’t take it away if she was outside! After I finished laughing I bribed her with a kibble and rescued my other shoe. Sophie is a thinking dog!
I am having a cup of tea right now. The chicken is in the oven – drizzled with olive oil, herbe de provence, and freshly ground salt and pepper, potatoes are ready for cooking and the vegetables are coated (lightly) with olive oil for roasting after I pull the chicken out of the oven. After I finish the tea I will make the fruit and berry crisp before everyone arrives for dinner – it will go in after the vegetables come out!
As you may have guessed we have company for dinner, family and friends. A lovely way to finish a great weekend. I hope that your weekend has an equally great finish.