Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Yarn Along

There is so much happening here at Misty Cottage that my head is in a whirl - in a good way!

Craftwise I have been very productive; spinning,

 wet felting,

 needle felting,

and knitting.

As I am joining in with Ginny for the Yarn Along today I'll just write a little about what I have been knitting. You may remember that last time I joined in I was knitting a scarf with some of my handspun merino plied with a beaded holographic thread. Well I decided that I wouldn't have enough yarn to get a good scarf length so I frogged it and have decided to knit a cowl instead. I have to say it is very squishy and warm and soft and lovely! I have just spun some similar yarn with different shades of blue and a blue metallic thread with pink beads. I haven't set the twist yet but it is looking good so far.

 As for reading, well I came to the end of The Mists of Avalon yesterday. It was a wonderful listen, beautifully written and full of interesting themes all wrapped up in the Arthurian legend. It took exactly a month to listen to all 50 hours and I am missing the characters today. In an attempt to cope I have begun listening to Jane Austen's Mansfield Park - sublime.

I have to admit to having a blissful life at the moment.

The smallholding side of life at Misty Cottage is also very busy, the first ducklings have hatched and we are now saving eggs for the next incubation.

The ducklings are so sweet and fluffy but a bit attention intensive to look after at this stage, their food and water generally need to be topped up 5 or 6 times a day and they also need clean straw every day.

The hens are laying but I have a nasty suspicion that the magpies that nest nearby are stealing eggs as we are not getting as many as we should be but still enough for our needs.

The garden is productive with purple sprouting broccoli and Swiss chard enough for all no matter how hungry.

 Herbs are also back with plenty of chives, parsley, fennel and lemon balm to go with the ever-present sage. Plenty of seeds have been sown both in the greenhouse and direct in the soil so we have fingers crossed that this chilly spell doesn't last too long.

We have also made a new fruit bed which I am very excited about. There are four blackcurrant bushes 4 or 5 gooseberry bushes, plenty of rhubarb and one solitary raspberry cane.

We eat a lot of fruit so the more we can produce the better. I think we may be a bit high up for fruit trees, they would probably lose their blossom in the wind before being able to set fruit but I am keen to try step over apples that are low to the ground and can be sheltered by the Cornish hedges that surround the Misty  Cottage garden.

This evening the population of Misty Cottage should increase by 100,000 or so as we get a couple of hives of bees. We've not been particularly successful with bees in the past but this is our last attempt, I worry that we are too high up for them but we'll just have to see how we get on this time - all advice gratefully received,

It all appears to  be wonderful and exhausting in equal measure!


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Merlin's Face.

What a wonderful day to be alive! It is a truly glorious day here at Misty Cottage today, the sun is shining and warm, the bees are busy and the air is fragrant and soft. After doing enough decorating this morning, I packed a lunch and went to Tintagel to take pictures of Merlin's face.

It is as if his profile is trapped in the cliff face on the side of Tintagel island, site of Uther Pendragon's castle.

I sat on a bench to eat my lunch looking out to sea with the gentle warm breeze coming to me across the gorse which has a fragrance like sweet coconut, listening to the audio book of Mists of Avalon. It really does not get any better than this!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Yarn Along

Finally I have something different on the needles!

Nothing fancy in itself, just a scarf but I am using some merino that I have spun as a slub yarn and plied with holographic thread that I had threaded tiny pale pink beads onto.

I'm not sure if the beads will show up in the pictures as they nestle into this incredibly bouncy, soft yarn.

As for reading - well I'm not! I seem to have fallen into the habit of reading something light and fluffy in a day at the weekend and for the rest of the week I listen to audiobooks. At the moment I am listening to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon series. 50 hours of the Arthurian legends told from the perspective of the women involved. I read one of the books many years ago and am really enjoying listening to the whole lot now. I am toying with the idea of taking my lunch over to Tintagel tomorrow so I can sit and listen to it there watching the ocean in the sunshine and letting the story wash over me. I'll have to do some decorating first though or my conscience won't let me enjoy it!

Joining in with Ginny for her Yarn Along.