|Fencing that reminds me of bunting on top of sheds, Mile End, Spring 2012|
None of this is a precursor to a gloomy post, quite the opposite. Your quilty comments were delightful and uplifting, and reminded me that I wanted to share other moments of fleeting everyday pleasures that have helped to bring some brightness into this gloomy November. Like...
:: satiating a craving for greens with sharp saladings from the allotment - mizuna, spicy rocket, the baby leaves from the last beetroot left in the ground, radichio leaves that the birds so kindly decided not to peck.
:: seeing a snipe hiding in the reeds, the delicate feathers of female gadwall, a teal arse-upwards looking for food, and a seal wallowing on a mudbank, all through a high powered telescope courtesy of the RSPB volunteers, bless them, at Rainham Marshes. Apparently there were waxwings there the day before. I'm desperate to see one but as the likeliest location is in the berry laden bushes of the car park at Lakeside Shopping Centre, I may very well miss out.
:: a new kettle, a red one that cheers up a cold dark corner of the kitchen. We had a couple of weeks using our camping kettle before it arrived, very jolly whistle before breakfast, but took soooo long to boil.
:: on Monday, watching from my bath the last of the very yellow leaves on the mulberry tree blowing in the wind against a grey-mauve sky. They've almost disappeared now.
:: reading about the journey of wool from fleece to yarn and fabric on the Wovember blog. Some great posts about the process of making yarn and lots of new words to learn. You can even see my mum on there wearing a 1970s Burberry. Thanks are due to Felix and Tom for all the work they have put into curating the blog in all its wondrous woolliness. Such beautiful sheep, lambs, yarn, darning,
:: starting to think that maybe this year a 2012 Advent Calendar is in order.