Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Tour of Sissinghurst (Not)

I guess if I posted more often, I would be more in touch with what day and month it is- May is almost over.  We've had some humid weather, which should have clued me in, but you know, I do my best not to acknowledge that kind of thing, because the last 2 summers we've had have been hellish. The Fifth Ring of hell.
So I've been busy in the garden, along with FC- who is more talented in that department than I give him credit for. He removed an ugly bush and planted clematis, and hostas. There are some herbs in there too- as well as my weird stone ball cat.
This is in the front, and there are sedums and some Jack Frost plants, as well as those solar lamps that change colours.  They look like raindrops.
Poppies- which are all over the place.
And a few tomato plants, and lots of herbs.  I guess this means I have to water everything, doesn't it?
In knitting news, I have finished the Fair Isle, and just need to add buttons. I'll do the photo shoot in the fall, in High Park.  The hap shawl has the same colours in it.

I've also made some Christmas gifts-(I know, I know......)
And KC, has been busy growing back the chin hairs.  I always fold a quilt for him on the sofa, and he rolled off and went to sleep in the crack between the cushions. He stayed there most of the day.  What a guy.

Monday, May 14, 2012

At The Zoo

"Someone tells me it's all happening at the zoo.
I do believe it, I do believe it's true....."

Paul Simon

I have spent the last weekend planting and weeding, and despite saying I won't, spending money on new plants.  I'll show you my new beds next time.  And some knitting.

I've moved so many times in my life, that I can never quite believe that anything is permanent.  So I never plan anything for the long term. I'll never get to see those maple saplings grow up, sort of thing.

In High Park, around Grenadier Pond, we saw this Canada Goose family- you won't believe the size of the babies this week, or the cuteness of their goosie bums.

I wanted to grab one and run, but you can see the male was very protective. Having been bit by one of these birds as a child, I can tell you, they hurt.

Down at the zoo, the peacocks were strutting their stuff. It's hard to get good pictures through the fence, but all three of them had their tails up.
The Bison are shedding- and were too far away for me to get any fiber.

My friend reminded me of The Princess Bride- "A Rodent of An Unusual Size"- and the Capybaras are the largest rodents. I am fascinated by them.  And I wanted to grab one of those too- the baby is beyond adorable.

I can imagine FC coming home. "Lorraine, what's that in the living room?" "Oh, it's okay, just a Capybara".
At home, in my own private zoo- Kitten Chow has suffered the indignity of a shaved chin.  Send healing thoughts.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

May Days

Hey, how have you been?  It seems I looked up this morning, and it was May.  Time passes in an odd way, doesn't it?

Well, I went to The Knitters Frolic this past Saturday, which should be renamed The Knitters Feeding Frenzy.  There were some great things to see, if you could get past the crowds. I did manage to snag some lovely Suri Alpaca from Spinning Wheel Alpacas, and some bfl/shetland from Hopeful Shetlands.  And met up with my buddy Brigitte.
I've also been walking quite a bit. The walks get longer, but I think I'm getting old or crazy, and most likely both. 

 You have to look closely at the picture- there are three little geese (goslings?)- and it was so exciting to see them.  My sister took the picture.  I was a little too happy about seeing this.

I've been spending some time with Mr. Reeves, my spinning wheel.  Sounds a little film noir, doesn't it?
I also finished this handspun Aeshna shawl- and I used Fat Cat Knits Dragonfly colour in BFL. The shawl is a Dragonfly theme- it's pretty special.

And, as per usual, Kitten Chow remains disinterested.  It must be exhausting.