While we were away I got some serious work done on my knitting. A trip away from all the other work aroud the studio and yard gave me some good dedicated time to knitting projects and the last quarter of Book Three of Game of Thrones. (hooked, but it's an exhausting read, and often the last on my to do list)
While we were away it seems the garden was busying itself as well. I love going away for a few days and upon returning finding tiny surprises everywhere. After a good few days of a real sunny blast of weather, I came home with the kids today to discover a multitude of true spring miracles. It doesn't cease to amaze me every spring, that while I'm not looking the earth sprouts new life for yet another year.
Outside, the welcome of spring warmth had done it's job in coaxing tiny sprouts out of the ground. I had been worrying over my sugar peas drowning in the rain, but today they were here, and I was so pleased I dropped our bags at the door and grabbed a pack of seeds and planted another row.
Trillium! I love these little white tri-petal beauties, a precious little flower that never stays long enough.
The raspberries survived a transplant, and the peonies as well. Soon enough we will have hearty vines and big red blossoms.
Inside the house a few more discoveries lay in waiting. A skein of cotton that had been soaking in a dye bath, and a yard of cotton I had dip-dyed and left to dry. Both greys were made with cutch and iron and the yellow with turmeric.
The indoor seedlings survived and really took off while I was away. Pumpkins, squash, tomatoes and broccoli, as well as a few herbs and dye plants.
And of course the long-awaited arrival of the pepper plants.
We also brought home our own signs of spring... pussy willows from the top of Myra Canyon, picked in the bright sun with snow under our feet.