The Retreat is over and went well. I saw some finished mittens and hats half done and a great many happy retreaters. I think that I will focus on small projects with big impact for the next Retreat – it worked great this time.
A group of friends who come to the Retreat almost every year now were willing to play with me as I took pictures of the patterns – we had a lot of fun!
The Retreat handout is now an E-book on Ravelry – Winter Series. Right now you can use the code Retreat 2015 to purchase the Winter Series E-Book from Ravelry for a 25% discount – $12.00 US in stead of $16.00 US. The E-book holds all of the patters with some options to personalize them with changing the bands. The patterns are also available as singles – Winter Crossings – Winter Skies – Winter Dancers and Winter Shadows.
I have been walking regularly and taking pictures all the time. I will take time to share as the month progresses.
Yesterday we walked at Richards Marsh – an amazing place. I saw many birds – even managed to take a few shots. We stopped at the Chase River Estuary to check out the changes there. I love this old car.
We have been blessed with a very mild Winter to date. My bulbs are coming up and the mini Iris’s are blooming! I am so worried that there might be a late freeze – I lost my Magnolia tree to an April snowfall – the weight of the snow knocked the tree over and it never came back! I worry, but we will wait and enjoy!
I have one project left with a heavy deadline – it is almost there! Then I can breath again. The Slideshow below is from the Nanaimo River Walk – Indian Plum in bloom, fruit tree gone wild, the delicate tracery of tree against the grey sky and soft fog all around.