Saturday, May 23, 2015

Brisk brunch

lady slippers :: sunbeams through the canopy :: thrush nest in the hemlock 
:: wood violets :: ferns :: the overlook

Turns out my honey hat wasn't too little too late, but rather just enough just in time. Friday morning we rolled out of bed and carried a picnic brunch to the top of Ravens Rock in Cooper's Rock State Park. When we left the house at about 7am, the temperature outside was hovering around 45F.

The trail is about 1.5 miles and ends at the magnificent Ravens Rock overlook. Along the way, we stopped in to visit the wood thrush we first met last year and on the way back, we spotted a hooded warbler, a first for us both.

If you haven't already, go on a nature walk this weekend! The weather is perfect for it!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Too little, too late

Well the honey hat is finished - too little, too late. It's been blazing hot here, no need for a cozy cap, but fall will be here soon enough I am sure. It always comes, doesn't it?

The hat is just what I hoped it would be, cute, casual and big enough to hold all my hair. As I finished it up, I keep cooking up ideas for my next one. I used the Fresco pattern and I think it would be excellent for some stranded color work. I also learned that I really enjoy sport weight yarn. I like using small needles for lace and fingering but the sport weight yarn is more gratifying and works up nice and quick, comparatively, of course.

On the reading side of things, I have returned back to my half-read The Ladies' Room by Carolyn Brown. It is a good light read. (That reminds me, I read a quote somewhere bashing the "light read" but I cannot recall...) I am also about 3/4 way through The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle. This is my least favorite book by him, of the few I've read, mainly because it actually has a plot! Ha! If I want to read about roaming the French countryside, don't bother me with suspense!

New to the queue is Sylvia's Farm: The Journal of an Improbable Shepherd by Sylvia Jorrin. It is an eBook from my library but I need to make a stop in to renew my card of one more year before I can download it to my Kindle.

What are you crafting and/or reading? Show and tell with Ginny at YARN ALONG.

PS - are you sensing a color theme in this post? A great many things around here are 'bosc pear' and 'mannerly gold.' I am on a paint picking kick for the new house and I just have to figure out how to work this great shade of yellow into my plan. Do you use this color in your decor?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pittsburgh, again

the sunken garden :: the desert room :: the baby victoria amazonica :: the 'down under' installation :: the long fellows in the orchid room :: the palm house :: julian, butterfly tamer

We took Julian's parents to Pittsburgh today so they could see all the places we'd enjoyed for the past five years. Usually, we make a day trip near the holidays, but there have been more than one mad dash to the Apple store during our time here in Morgantown. (And if you're going to drive and hour and a half for a new laptop battery, you might as well see the sights.)

We stopped in to IKEA where I picked up a wall storage set for the new house, went to Joann's and got new upholstery fabric for our dining room set, shopped through the best stores of The Strip District, and marveled at the greatness of Phipps Conservatory (one of our very favorite Pittsburgh spots).

It was a special day to go through these places knowing we might not ever make it back. We are both very ready to move on, but it is nice to remember the lovely times shared here.