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Clocks and Cows and Tweenies

What a gorgeous day today!  Started really well with sun, crisp air and clear light.  Meg and I did a rare thing, we started the day together with the dogs.  We walked around the valley.  What a grand start to the weekend.  Everyday the valley changes.  Last week the intense gaudy yellow of the dandelions fought to dominate the green and certainly intimidated the crowds of gentle yellow cowslips.  Today the clouds of clocks lent a magical mystical dream like feel to the slopes of the valley.

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Cowslips grow here every year in abundance.  They are so beautiful.

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The wild garlic is out.  Starkly white against intense greens.  Little perfect pure stars lighting up the woodland floor.  A fairy kingdom.

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Bluebells in swathes move across the glades scenting the air with their rich heady perfume.  This intense blue vies for attention with the sky through the trees in flower.

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And then we had errands to run which we did.  After this we did some shopping (a year since we last did this together!).  We found a few lovely things and then struck gold!  Well blue actually!!

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THE PERFECT fabric, curtains in a charity shop.  This fabric has been in my head for some time but had not taken form until I recognized that this was it!!  I have in mind a certain alternative pair of trousers. 

Meg draped said fabric in a variety of ways to lend inspiration. 

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Personally I just know that my trousers are calling to be made!!

Waking Up

Everything is waking up!  On our walk this morning we found various degrees in stages of waking up. 

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We found things to examine and smell

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We saw new flowers opening to the day ahead

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The sky was jam packed with so many songs it was quite hard to think.  So some of us had to retreat for dad and daughter time in the favoured reflecting spot to contemplate things in general and today in particular.

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I have a bit of an obsession at the moment with Ivy.  The ideas which are forming are turning into a knitwear design, slowly.  I just love the way Ivy travels up and around its host.  Mostly it is not really noticed unless you look.  I like that.

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I like the way a dandelion clock with dew still holds its form, just not fluffy.

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I think it is probably not cool to like Rape in a field.  I am not entirely sure why.  It is quite overpowering.  The smell is intense, however I prefer it to the muck spreading which has filled the air around the cottage for this past week. 

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Waking up is amazing!!

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Blue Sprinkler

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I thought I would impart this story so you can know what goes on behind the scenes at Jillybean’s kitchen. I have had a week of disasters, in that everything I go to do either breaks or runs out or becomes heavily complicated etc etc…. I spent 2 days dying this week and the first day went well, no serious problems. Fired up with enthusiasm I attempt a second day hot on the back of the first. The first batch went ok really and i was obviously feeling smug and complacent when disaster struck. The boiler sort of exploded forming a high reaching sort of volcano cross sprinkler system of hot blue dye in my kitchen. Not expecting this and being in the firing line (well, indeed, who was not??) I started throwing various items of clothing and dog beds etc at the increasing flood now waterfalling down the walls, cascading off the table and sprinkling in all directions. The dogs left the room while I fought the flow. Panic, in my experience does not fully lend itself to logical thinking and evasive action. It takes a daughter to point out that it may be wise to unplug said boiler as it had fused all the electrics in any case and to try to empty the boiler rather than catch the flow. Today, 2 days later I am still finding blue where blue has no right to be and certainly not in the original fixings. However, the blue of the yarn is really quite fetching… and then there is the sewing up, but really that is another story!!

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Roving!

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Roving!

Just managed to put up some more roving on the Etsy store. It’s such a lovely thing to photograph! Gorgeous snails of colour and softness.