Wednesday, May 07, 2008

walk with me wednesday, a world in bloom

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A white pine floor and a low ceiled room, A wheel and a reel and a great brown loom, The windows out and the world in bloom.

I have never seen so many Orioles around the riverrim before. We have had up to 15 in one Quince bush at a time. There are Orchard Orioles as well as Baltimore Orioles. Their song is as delightful as their appearance.

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My walk today had a purpose. The crabapple tree (that was given to me by my husband for my birthday a few years ago) is in bloom. I want to be sure to get some crabapples this fall. So- I walked down to the end of the road to the old apple trees, to snip a few branches of blossoms to hang in my tree.

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The blossoms smell wonderful. I hung the branches in the tree, and stood and watched while the bees do what they do best. I don't think they noticed me. Now my tree has something to cross with...and I should see some fruit. My tree is an old heirloom variety, called Whitney. It should have palm sized apples. It is the only crabapple tree with apples sweet enough to eat right off the tree.

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I have been knitting. This is Judy's sock yarn. Isn't it lovely? I keep thinking of moss when I knit with it.

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It is soo soft and smooth to work with...a merino/nylon blend. The pattern is from Miriam Felton...Razor Shell Socks. I like it. Fun and fast.

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Thank you to those who have inquired as to the lack of posting in these past few weeks. Life has been dealing out some....well... "challenges"...I'm just doing my best to keep up...and that requires my time and attention to things outside of the blogosphere. At the urging of a friend, I made certain to make some time today to walk (thanks, Robert).

19 comments:

Pat K said...

Happy to see that you could get out to walk. The pictures are beautiful. Many thoughts are with you...

pacalaga said...

I hope the challenges don't keep you from enjoying the spring. That walk looks fantastic.

~ P ~ said...

Your pictures are beautiful.I always look forward to your postings. My thoughts are with you.I hope that you will overcome the challenges.

vanessa said...

i miss crabapples!

Anne said...

I was just thinking about "my" apple trees along the road in Vermont yesterday. All that pink fluffy goodness. :)

Hope things will improve at your end. Thinking about you.....

Judy said...

Good to have you back! Awesome pics! I have had a bunch of red breasted grosbeaks down here. The sock looks lovely and I will have to try the pattern after I finish the full plate of projects I served myself!

judy said...

You are so much further along. Bees, or the lack of them, have become a real problem. I never thought of that trick with extra blossoms. Do they need to be cross fertilized? I haven't seen any orioles here yet, soon the canopy will be so thick that I won't see them. With today's showers, everything should pop! I imagine you have a bit of inside time now, a walk a day....? Love the socks, they blend very well.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

So good to see that you have taken time to get out and get some natural "medicine" to help you deal with what is going on. Sometimes a good shot of nature can give one much needed energy.

All of those Orioles in one place must have been quite a sight to see. They are such handsome birds.

That sock yarn is gorgeous. Ones tootsies would be so warm and fashionable in them. It does remind me of moss too.

I hope all is on the upswing at your house. Love and Hugs.

elizabeth said...

You've been missed! I hope thinge settle down soon.

I clicked to read the rest of that poem and enjoyed it; I need to re-read it, I'm sure I didn't catch everything. But I'm curious - what are the "knots" he refers to?

Joanne said...

Glad you are finding time for yourself, and to post to us! Let us know out here in blogland if we can be a support. Friends are friends, even in cyberspace. Thanks too for your kind notes on my blog!

Manise said...

Wonderful photo of your Baltimore Oriole! Mine showed up yesterday with his playful song. I love these birds- so busy eating, exploring and singing all at the same time. Hopefully they'll nest in my yard again this year. Time to throw some colored string around so I can see the where they've nested.

Great idea of putting cut branches in the tree that needs pollinating.

Manise said...

And wishing you peace while you deal with life's challenges.

Beth S. said...

That sock is so lovely and simple... I really like it! :-) And it's very clever of you to hang those branches in your tree to ensure pollination. Very nifty trick, and I'm sure the bees have no idea. ;-)

KnitChick said...

Great to see you back!! I too join the ranks of those who were worried. What a lovely walk. Love all the flowers, and definitely the socks! Colors are amazing!

Sharon said...

Lovely to see you 'back'. I've missed your beautiful photos! Take care of yourself.

Cathy said...

Thank you Robert for encouraging C to post. Love the oriole. Hope his song lifts you thru this time.

fiberjoy said...

BG We're both knitting socks with Judy's Ball & Skein Mountain Spring yarn! And yes, it reminds me of the spring moss growing all around. :-) I haven't yet posted about them but soon.

Hope you're having a very special day.

Lost Arts Guild said...

Bleeding hearts and song birds...lovely signs of spring. You always have such beautiful photos, thank you. As to challenges...life is full of them and, hopefully, weighted on the success side. If you've ever a need to escape, come to my farm. I'll take care of you for a day or two and give you time to re-energize.

God's blessings on you, yours and the work of your hands and heart.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

What a joy to take a walk with you once again, even if I am myself way late in joining in :-)

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