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Late spring

Foggy spiderwebs are the best
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No, really.
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Although cute warblers are good too
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And you can never have too many wildflowers, right?
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Right.
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These are coltsfoot, not dandelions. I see them most often along roadsides as soon as the snows are melted. They’re usually home by May but I found some still in bloom at the top of smugglers notch!

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The weather has been TOO¬†weird this month. We’ve had no snow, very little cold, and some really weird freezing fog.

foggy rosehip

I’m not complaining, because we’re putting in a new leachfiled* soon. And it’s not the sort of thing you choose to do in the middle of winter, unless you can’t avoid it. Since our current system is TOO old it is on the way out, and we can’t avoid it. But if the snow holds off so we don’t have to dig through it – that’d be really nice.

Maybe you’ve noticed, or maybe the world is TOO crazy, and you haven’t. But I’ve been a bit withdrawn. I’ve been spending less time on social media; even less time on Ravelry. Windsor has been very TWO these days. And with sleep issues, and learning how to use the word no, and all the joys and struggles that go with a toddler – my evenings have been consumed.

foggy cedar

But it’s not just the TWO year old. I’ve been spending TOO much time cleaning, packing, and trying to keep this house real-estate ready. Moving sucks. It’s stressful and emotional and time consuming, and slow. TOO MUCH.

And since the world has been TOO crazy it has felt pretty good to pull back, to focus on what is needed, and let the rest slide on by. I hope you don’t mind. I’m still here, just taking things at a slower pace, so I don’t put TOO much of myself into anything I can’t sustain.

foggy weed

To that end, the December Knit-Along for my book is going to be postponed. I haven’t had a lot of interesting and I’ve had even less time. I am shifting gears, downshifting, we’ll do chapter knit-alongs every other month. The Periwinkle Sheep fans are looking forward to January’s sweater already. And we’ll come back to December next year, so no loss – we’re just spreading out the book love so it’ll last longer.

So for the rest of the month I’m paring back. I will post when I have knitting to share, but not TOO much. No stress. I hope you’ll be kind to yourself as well. Take this holiday season to slow down, calm down, share some love, donate to charity, whatever it is that makes you happy. There’s TOO much anger and stress out there. Everybody breath. Take in the fog.

foggy seedhead

Our path will come clear, eventually.

*a leachfield is where all the household waste water goes, when you live in a rural place, like most of Vermont…

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Red Shed

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Help for the Horses

This is a plea for help. If you want to jump right to the source go here.

I hope you all remember my Lady of Rohan shawl. Inspired by Eowyn and designed for Wooly Wonka’s shawl club a couple of years ago – I knew right away that I needed to do the photo shoot WITH HORSES.

Lady of Rohan hero

But I don’t have a horse of my own. Instead the wonderful Center for America’s First Horse let me wander around their fields and take photos with that gorgeous little lady you see in the pictures.

Well the Center is in trouble, their water system has failed. They need a drilled well to make it through the winter. Currently they’re hauling 250 gallons of water by hand. Every day. That’s barely feasible now, and will be impossible once the Vermont winter has settled in.

For the next two and a half weeks I’m putting my pattern: Lady of Rohan on sale. It will be 50% off retail (just $3) no coupon code needed – until midnight October 31st. All proceeds from this sall will be donated to the Center on November 1st.

LoR walking

If you don’t want (or already own) this pattern, consider making a donation directly to the center. It is a 501c3 non-profit. On the off chance they meet their gofundme goal before the 31st I will simply make a donation to the Center the old fashioned way!

The Center offers life enrichment and rehabilitation for children and adults through work with the horses. They also work towards conservation of the Spanish mustang and provide a home for some retired mustangs (including the horse who played Hildalgo in the movie by the same name!)

I hope that you’ll help them, whether you buy a pattern or not!

bits and bobs

There’s a ton going on behind the scenes right now. I’m planning a full, knitterly post for friday. In the mean time let’s cover two quick things:

Someone turns TWO this week:

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And she’s very serious about her cake.

I’m doing a little photography project over on Instagram. My goal is to post 30 days of leaf photos during foliage season (#30daysofleaves). I’ve been traveling a bit and so my schedule hasn’t been quite one-per-day but I plan to keep going until I hit 30. The goal is to showcase our pretty foliage AND to practice photography with my little camera phone. It’s been fun so far.

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late summer

little zinnias

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top down

black eye susan

slice of life

Or maybe a bowlful of life, since this is a soup recipe:

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It’s a chilled dessert soup; which is a bit different, but totally amazing. When Neil makes it the soup is about the same consistency as a smoothie. It’s sweet, but not cloying. And it tastes exactly the way late spring ought to taste.

I can’t claim this recipe. It is from the internet, somewhere… But we’ve lost the original source.

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No spring chicken

spring chickens

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spring, dawn

lilace buds