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welcome Spring

March 29, 2022

a welcome sign of Spring in Victoria is the abundance of Japanese cherry blossoms lining the streets

the parks and green spaces celebrate their beauty

everywhere it is raining pink petals

the birds are singing, the camellias are blooming

and the scent of hyacinths fills the air

fabric flowers just aren’t the same

the eighth page is finished (that’s 40 days of 15 minute stitching) and another four pages are sewn together

time just keeps creeping forward – today is the fifth day of the ninth page

the pages have become a type of calendar

when I started winding a warp on the old floor-standing warping reel guess who wanted to help – “help”?

Rosie is supervising and counting the colour changes

while Gilbert – at floor level, is in charge of keeping the yarn cones from tangling

thanks guys but it would have been quicker on my own

my neighbour ordered too much mulch so I got several wheelbarrow loads – it’s good stuffoff to dig in the garden

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  1. April 5, 2022 10:10 pm

    As long as you didn’t tread on a bear foot – they may have slowed you down for purpose – to take “time” …cherish the time and of course the bears. No doubt we will see the fruits of your loom labour in the fullness of time…


    • April 6, 2022 10:51 am

      Catherine – really don’t need to take time when winding a warp, just want to get it done as fast and efficient as possible. still haven’t got it on the loom. More pressing things to get done at the moment.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    March 30, 2022 3:53 am

    That blossom is gorgeous and must bring back good memories of your time in Japan. Well done for keeping up with the book challenge. I shall look forward toseeing a gallery of the pages once they are all done. Enjoy your gardening and weaving – What a creative person you are – no wonder the bears want to get involved!


    • March 30, 2022 11:45 am

      Sue – I’m thinking about how to make a short video while turning the pages of the book when it is finished, still have 50 days so time to think. The bears were definitely not a help while winding a warp.

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  3. March 30, 2022 2:05 am

    I am not the keenest of gardeners but hyacinths are my favourite flowers. It is wonderful to walk past the raised bed and have the scent wafting over to greet.


    • March 30, 2022 11:49 am

      Noilin – I don’t really have a favorite flower – each one is my favorite as it blooms. I can’t imagine a world without gardening and the plants and flowers, bugs and bees. And yes, slugs and snails and deer and raccoons.


  4. Kathy permalink
    March 30, 2022 2:01 am

    All these challenges are keeping you busy!
    Little bears underfoot is always a challenge.

    The smells outside are absolutely amazing. I always wish I could bottle them up for later. Maybe that is why I love smelly candles like jasmine and honeysuckle. Unfortunately, I have never found a cherry blossom that candle that truly captures the smell that is outside right now.

    Happy Spring to you!


    • March 30, 2022 11:52 am

      Kathy – hi, daughter-in-law, isn’t it beautiful as everything starts to bloom? It takes a street full of cherry blossom trees to create a strong enough scent to really appreciate it, don’t think a candle can capture it. Happy boating to you.


  5. March 29, 2022 8:33 pm

    It’s autumn here in Victoria Australia 🇦🇺… The leaves are already turning their beautiful burnt orange….. I’m waiting patiently for the park at the end of my street to give the the colours I’m looking forward to. Happy spring to you & happy autumn to me 🥰


    • March 30, 2022 11:55 am

      Vera – I love the colours of Autumn but Spring has a wonderful smell and a promise of renewal and hope that is full of promise. Happy Autumn to you.

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  6. March 29, 2022 2:44 pm

    You can never have too much mulch. Can you? Ha, I never seem to have as much as I’d like. Spring in my garden is going really well here and it looks like yours is too! I love that primrose. Do you remember its name?


    • March 29, 2022 4:03 pm

      Lynda – well, my neighbour did have too much mulch delivered. Another neighbour and I were helping and we both ended up taking several barrow loads home. No idea what the primrose is, son and granddaughter brought me a flat of them, they didn’t have name tags.

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      • April 3, 2022 4:42 am

        Your generosity in helping in the garden was paid back in kind! Guess, I will put primrose on my list of new flowers to try growing. I might get lucky and find seeds that are similar.


      • April 3, 2022 10:37 am

        Lynda – it was my neighbour that was generous. I have always bought primroses already grown at the garden center – instant colour, quick and easy.

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