I’ve posted no new reports from the wildlife camera, because the sitings have been few and far between. We’ve captured a few deer continuing to travel through the yard, but not much else. Perhaps the warm weather we’ve had this fall and plentiful rain means there’s lots of food everywhere for the animals.
The warmth and rain have raised the water levels in the marshes and stimulated growth in the yard. We have beautiful lush growth of mosses in both the front and back yards (they are beautiful and I think we are on our way to moss gardens in the yard), and the high water in the marshes means that birds are swimming in some of our neighbor’s back yards.
We’ve tossed out most of our aging orchid plants, and in the bay window we have started an herb garden. When the weather gets warm in the spring, most of the plants can go outside, but the cuttings will be available for winter cooking.
Many good holiday parties this years; one of the best was a holiday party with the local camera club; it featured a “Yankee Swap” of mostly camera related gifts and was a great way for members of the club to get to know each other a bit better. What a spread of food everyone contributed, too!
Now I’m on to winter projects. After all the spinning I did this summer, I have a huge stash of yarn to use in knitting projects. I’ve started an Aran sweater for my husband; I’m using the same pattern I used in natural wool for a sweater last year, but I’m using a beautiful Ashland Bay merino blend that is knitting up in a lovely purplish brown. I’ll use a grayish brown for some accent rows in the pattern. I’ll post some photos as the project goes forward. I also want to knit an Aran sweater for myself; I have lots of natural yarn waiting and I have my eye on some of the patterns in the latest Knits magazine. The winter issue has some of the nicest patterns I’ve seen in a while!
We’re looking forward to a holiday party with old friends from graduate school days. We’re working hard on handmade presents to take along, as well as some special food.
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! May 2016 be a wonderful year.