brown cow

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I was going to comment about how brown it is outside, but instead, here is a cinnamon coloured patchwork bull. There is a hippo currently in progress. More soon.

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rust

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What I’m learning in my Arborist course.

Lucky enough to find it on one of my junipers?

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pruning

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My apple tree (far right in the photo) doesn’t look like that anymore, after that wild windstorm in the summer. Missing that large, central branch now.

Even though I’ve been taking that arborist course, I was still unsure how to prune for the best tree structure going forward. It didn’t look pretty, with a gaping wound in the front of the trunk, and the other branches compensating with oddly placed growth spurts.

With the advice I got from my instructor, I’m feeling good about pulling out the pruners. But it still makes me realize how much I have to learn!

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the sweetest thing

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The chicken hot pad that my aunt taught me to make (last March, I kid you not) is finished and will be given to a good friend today.

The book was an unexpected, out-of-the-blue gift from my sister in law. I’m almost finished making the highland cow, and I can’t wait to start on the donkey! This is the most ultimately perfect book for using up all those left over balls of yarn that are sitting in the “what the heck do I do with these now?” yarn bin. And I love crocheting toys. They are fun and squishy and oh so sweet.

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orchid show

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The woman who doesn’t grow house plants (me) apparently now does…nine succulents at last count, a lemon tree, a pencil tree, and an orchid that needed some help.

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It was neat to be on the receiving end of plant advice; nice to hear from real orchid growers instead of trying to piece it together from Google.

I now have a nicely repotted orchid. I’m so excited to see how it does.

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I’m not sure what to do with March

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1. Surround myself with flowers?

2. Pretend day-light savings time never happened?

3. Knit more?

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two a toe

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Elena finally got another pair. She has worn out the most hand-knit socks of anyone in this family.
Wool: Cascade Heritage Wave, colour Checkers
Pattern: Oak Ribbed Sock from “Knitting Vintage Socks”
Loved both; socks, wool and pattern!

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