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walk with me wednesday.. signs of summer

May 31st.  We are now, officially 'after Memorial Day'.  Memorial Day used to be May 30th, no matter what day of the week it fell on.  That was before congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill and we moved them wherever to give us three day weekends.   The beaches, state and federal parks are open for business. From now til Columbus Day, we get to pay to use them, rest rooms will be open and rangers and guards visible.  Right?  It is summer. 

Sort of.  It sure feels like summer.  In the woods, the tree pollen is the giveaway.   The past few days, the pines have been releasing it as sticky yellow clouds .  Hard to see and hard to breathe. Yesterday, when I walked, it finally seemed a bit clearer.  

 

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The leaves have polka dots, painted with pollen.  What we need now is a good rain to wash it all away and clear the air.  

So much lush vegetation.  Soft.  Fecund.  Sweet.

 

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I love the laurel.  Bouquets unto themselves.  Such a surprise to come upon hanging there amongst so much greenery.

There is this... what all the spring rains have revealed.  I'll go back for some better pictures, I am such a sucker for texture. 

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I'll wait until the pollen clears, I can just about focus.  Then, summer.

 

 


Friday's Photo and another reminder


The Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Festival is this weekend at the fairgrounds in Cummington, MA. Great little show and a favorite of ours. Ball and Skein will be in the same spots as usual, under the grandstand in the little garages. It promises to be a warm weekend. Come by and say hi.

I had a picture picked out for today. But, as I started this post, I changed my mind. It was another oddity from the woods. I post a lot of them. This weekend is Memorial Day, the last weekend in May, and the last spring Fiber festival for Ball and Skein this year. Whew! So, I figured a picture from one of this year's shows was in order.





It is a month of dyeing, skeining, packing and unpacking. A time to see old and new friends, and a time to explore new ideas to work on over the summer.

I love to watch all the yarn ties pile up on the floor beneath the skeiners. Colors randomly tossed..would I think of putting them together?




I needed two pics to replace the one I had planned.

Have a great weekend, wherever you are and whatever your plans!!



Friday's Photo and another reminder


The Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Festival is this weekend at the fairgrounds in Cummington, MA. Great little show and a favorite of ours. Ball and Skein will be in the same spots as usual, under the grandstand in the little garages. It promises to be a warm weekend. Come by and say hi.

I had a picture picked out for today. But, as I started this post, I changed my mind. It was another oddity from the woods. I post a lot of them. This weekend is Memorial Day, the last weekend in May, and the last spring Fiber festival for Ball and Skein this year. Whew! So, I figured a picture from one of this year's shows was in order.





It is a month of dyeing, skeining, packing and unpacking. A time to see old and new friends, and a time to explore new ideas to work on over the summer.

I love to watch all the yarn ties pile up on the floor beneath the skeiners. Colors randomly tossed..would I think of putting them together?




I needed two pics to replace the one I had planned.

Have a great weekend, wherever you are and whatever your plans!!



Friday's Photo

This time of year, when I'm working long hours dyeing between shows, I need more than ever to take an hour off to get out into the woods, to walk, to breathe, and recharge.  Works every time.  I come back refreshed. There is so much to see in the spring, and the perfume... oh my, the sweet scents of woodland blossoms.  My mind wanders along with my steps.  Best watch out.  Nature has gatekeepers.  This would have been a faceful.

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Another show reminder.. if you are in Rhode Island tomorrow, Saturday, the Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival is at the Coggeshall Farm Museum site in Bristol. The weather looks great for it and it is a very pretty location.  Next door is Colt State Park.  In the past there has been a limited choice of food vendors (good food though so get in line early before they sell out) or take a picnic.  Hours: 9am - 4pm.

Ball and Skein will not be vending there this year.  I didn't sign on, knowing that I'd need a week between shows this year.  I am planning to go to play.  It will be a most needed day off.  Did I say the site is on the bay?  


Weekending

The weekend started early..

Friday. Rough Point tour with the WGRI. The mist, the mansion, gardens, tapestries, ocean, cliffs.. We fell through the rabbit hole.

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On the way home, a stop in Fall River for Lebanese pastries at Sam's. I stocked up in meat pies for the freezer and stood at the counter to eat an open feta pie hot from the oven. Skeined yarn.

Saturday. Still misty, woke to a fog. Took a wonderful hike in a world of retina searing green. THE HUMMINGBIRDS RETURNED!! Had a Rose Breasted Grosbeak at the feeder, and lots of turkeys. Began grafting the lacy project I've been knitting. Skeined more yarn.

Sunday. finished re-skeining last week's dyed yarn. Tagged and stored it for next weekend's show, New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival. Had lunch on the deck so that I could watch the hummingbirds. Wished the sun would come out. Later, it did. Took a terrific hike, part trail, part bush whacking. Found a lovely little cascade, too small to call it a waterfall and a huge old stone foundation. (pictures on Wednesday)
Finished grafting Hari while watching Sherlock Holmes. I like grafting and I liked Sherlock Holmes.
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Friday's Photo


nothing is quite like a spring woodland after a rain..






As the canopy fills in, we see fewer turkeys. It isn't just that it is harder to see them, though it is, but this time of year, most of our visitors are toms. The hens are off doing what hens do in the spring. Soon, I expect only to hear them, as dawn breaks, greeting each other and a new day.



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Not much time for walking

..so I'll show you something else pretty special.
When Chris calls and says he wants to bring me flowers, I know he doesn't mean a bouquet and it is going to be good. When he asks what I think, I know it'll take up floor space. Floor space comes at a premium in my house. It better be special!
Last week he brought me this... a Blue Passion Flower.




Special enough?




I thought so. It is amazing, over 3 ft. tall and covered with flowers and buds!