30 Days Wild – 9th June

I’m not managing to do something every day but I’m not going to stress over it, that would be counter productive. I’m enjoying what I am doing and I’m definitely thinking about nature each day.

Sunday and Monday were horrible days weather-wise and I just couldn’t be bothered if I’m honest. Monday was a busy workday anyway.

Tuesday was a fabulously wild day though. A bright and sunny morning so I went for my favourite local walk down the drain side. I decided to take some photos of the wildflowers and identify any I didn’t already know when I got back home. I didn’t know this one which I believe is a common knapweed.

I also loved the last of the dandelions with a little butterfly enjoying it.

I also saw poppies, clover and pretty Yorkshire fog grass.

Then, what an absolute delight. I could hear jackdaws calling from the trees on the opposite bank so was trying to spot them when I saw what I first thought was a ginger cat basking in the morning sunshine. It wasn’t a cat, it was a fox, two foxes in fact. Oh how I wished I’d had my camera with me, my phone just didn’t have the zoom capability to get a good picture. You can just spot them if you look closely!

We watched each other for a few minutes and then they slunk off into the undergrowth when a woman with two children joined me to watch them.

I walked back home with a spring in my step ready to face the day ahead and spotted this grass which is very familiar to me but I haven’t been able to find what it is called.

I was at home working when mid morning Patrick called to me to say there were a couple of birds we hadn’t seen before on the Niger seed feeder. We soon identified them as goldfinch fledglings.

This was so wonderful for us and we watched them for ages. For such little birds they can certainly eat plenty!

So, I think I had plenty of wildness on Tuesday to make up for the two days I’ve missed.

Trapped Nerve and Other News

I’ve had a trapped nerve in my shoulder for the past three weeks causing great discomfort and grumpiness. Worst of all, I have been unable to knit or crochet as it’s been too uncomfortable, as well as needing to rest.  I’m four sessions into osteopathy treatment though and feeling the improvement slowly but surely.  I have so many craft projects on the go at the moment and plans for many more so it is really frustrating for me not to be able to get on.  I also find it difficult to sit still for long with nothing in my hands. I am a real fidget, always been a nail-biter, hair-twiddler etc., so if I don’t have my crafts to keep my hands busy, I start to feel agitated.

That is what prompted the blog posting last weekend, I couldn’t get on with my crochet projects so decided to update the blog, which was seriously overdue.  I do love blogging but I love doing lots of things and there simply isn’t enough time to do everything and the blog is usually the one that has to give.  However, I am going to make an effort to update a bit more often….again!!  Yes, I know, you’ve heard it all before.

Yesterday, I managed to do a bit of crochet but suffered for it later with a bit of pain in my forearm and fingers.  I have tonnes of stashed yarns and some of it has been in there for many years just waiting for some project to call out to it.  One such yarn is Stylecraft Ethical Twist which is long since discontinued. A lovely mix of wool and alpaca that I bought quite a bit of when it was on sale at Kemps, once upon a time the source of most of my yarn as they had such a great clearance section.  I have started many a project with this yarn only to abandon it as ‘it doesn’t look right’, ‘doesn’t suit it’ or even ‘it’s too nice a yarn to knit something like this with’.  Well, I finally made up my mind that as nice as it is, it will look even nicer made into something rather than stuck in a plastic bin under the bed! 

Cosy Wrap crochet

Enter the cosy wrap.  I found this pattern on Ravelry for a sampler blanket, that being a striped blanket made up of sections of different crochet stitch patterns.  It is essentially a stash busting multi-coloured blanket but a few crocheters have made single colour versions which is what caught my eye.  I thought it would make a lovely wrap/shawl/blanket whatever for chilly evenings or to enable me to sit out in the garden on summer evenings when the warmth of the sun has disappeared.  It’s coming along nicely and is what I was working

I also have big plans for a couple of multi-coloured striped blankets or perhaps granny squares. One based on the colours of the spices Patrick used for a curry a few weeks ago and one based on the beautiful colours of Havana, Cuba – a place firmly on my bucket list.

Havana, Cuba
Spice colour palette
Havana colour palette

More on those ideas if/when I am able to make a start but a taster of the potential colour palettes in these pictures, I’d include something paler in the spice palette as well though.

In the garden this week, the weather has been so hot and dry that the birds have been making great use of the water.  Junior blackbird had a bath that lasted about 3 minutes one evening. I videod him for 90 seconds and he had already been splashing about before I started and continued after I’d finished.  We also had Bob, the robin and Dennis, the dunnock politely taking turns to have a drink from the cascade.  On another occasion Tufty the daddy blackbird also enjoyed a good splash about and then a drink.  Drinking your bathwater eh?  Bleurgh!!

Bidens Taka Tuka

The flowers in our baskets are looking nice now and it won’t be long before they are all trailing prettily over the edges.

Vdrbena Deep Red Star

Until next time….