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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Episode 246 Cumbria, Hill Top Shawl, and EYF2016

More photos of the retreat and EYF in this post

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Nature Notes

When I visited Scotland, the weather was quite similar to what we had at home. Bulbs were just starting to bloom in a few places. As I rode on the train south to Cumbria I could definitely see a difference  in that there was a lot more green and more flowering bulbs. In the little village where Helen hosted the retreat we were able to take walks along the roads, seeing sheep and other farm animals.

Several weeks later, here at home, we can finally say that spring is here as the temperatures are higher. This is definitely one of the coldest springs I can remember but it seems we have turned the corner. Yesterday, April 18, I heard one of my most favorite birds singing—the House Wren. Last year our wrens nested very late in the season and I guess they are making up for it as this is the earliest I can ever remember seeing a house wren. The bubbling trill of a house wren can be heard throughout the day. They are the first birds to settle down in the late afternoon and among the first to sing in the morning. In placing a wren house I read a long time ago that the ideal location is about 8 ft high in an apple tree. We don’t all have such an ideal spot so between 6 to 8 feet in an area with vegetation but space around the house is attractive. Wrens are known to nest in old boots, hanging flower baskets, and other unusual objects. They like it a little rough. Keep your wren house unpainted and weathered.

We do believe we have bluebirds nesting in our bluebird house that we put up last spring. Bob bought mealworms (dried) and has been putting them out near the bluebird house. I practiced my pipes today by walking in the woods. Spring Beauties cover the woods floor. Among the flowers that herald spring for me, daffodils and spring beauties are right at the top of the list. There are also trillium, violet, May Apples and Sweet William although the latter two aren’t blooming yet. Spring Beauties, Claytonia virginica, are a small flower that looks white from a distance but when you get closer there are quite a few that have pink stripes and some that are mostly pink. The little pistils are also pink. I’ve read that the tubers are edible and taste a bit like sweet radishes. I have not tested them out and probably won’t although we have enough spring beauties out there to fill a large salad bowl.
Spring Beauty

Everything new and pure in the very prime of the spring when Nature’s pulses were beating highest, and mysteriously keeping time with our own! John Muir Atlantic Monthly Dec 1912.
Spring Beauty

May Apple

Trillium about to bloom

Needle Notes

Correction on last episode from Maddigram: Blue Socks that Rock River Rocked colorway (100% merino) It is Superwash but has no nylon.

Hill Top Shawl by Helen Stewart

Hill Top Shawl by Helen Stewart

In The Blethering Room

Curioushandmade Country House Retreat

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

See photos in previous post.

In The Pipeline

The Wool Barn Smooth Sock colorway Succulents

Eden Cottage Harewood 4 ply Antique Rose and Steel

Aisling by Justyna Lorkowska

Holyrood by Justyna Lorkowska

Snail Yarn Merino Twist (Italy) Neptune Colorway
Haste ye back!

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