Friday, January 14, 2011

A winter walk

Up in the trees grow lichen and moss; I love their colors and textures.

In my island bed, tasty rosemary has grown up nicely around the electric box I wanted to hide, and daffodil shoots promise bright blossoms in a few months.

A mystery. Why do my gully girls paw around the water buckets (they do it in the fold, too)? Are they trying to dig their own well?

That's it for now from . . .

14 comments:

C-ingspots said...

I think you really need to try gathering some of that gorgeous moss and those wonderful lichen...and try your hand at some natural dyes for all that wool you're so fond of spinning!!!

Michelle said...

While it may LOOK like I spend a lot of time spinning and knitting since that is part of the focus of my blog, it really is a small fraction of a day here and there when homeschooling and business stuff and house and barn chores are taken care of. Natural dyes take a lot of time from what I've read, as well as toxic mordants for some of them that I'm not comfortable using. The wee bit of dying I've done has been with Kool-Aid -- cheap, easy and safe!

Kelly Bartels said...

My eyes are hungry for some green again .....thank you.
Everything here is brown, white or gray. I'm keeping myself busy so I don't notice it and end up in a Jan/Feb funk.

Michelle said...

Kelly, just jet on out here and we'll go for a walk in the bright green pastures, then spend a day at the coast just for fun! (You think you could stuff a Shetland in a suitcase when you come?) ;-)

Susan said...

How nice to see pictures without snow! That moss/lichen is beautiful!

Kanisha said...

Oh Wow daffodils already! still mid winter here sniff.

Christine said...

Do NOT give me your address, because I WILL show up on your door. I can't even remember the last time I saw something green. In the fall we had a drought, now there has been constant snow on the ground with no end in sight.

Nancy K. said...

Your Rosemary plants are HUGE! I have one in a big pot (in the house for the winter). It looks pretty pathetic but still produces tasty leaves!

I've never noticed my sheep digging by the water bucket. I wonder what that's all about. You'll have to do some sleuthing....

;-)

Have a great weekend!

~TigereyeSal~ said...

Are the gully girls scraping away damp earth and leaves, so they have some place (sort of) clean and dry to stand while drinking? Do sheep feet get affected by standing around in damp undergrowth? It is an odd, and cute, behaviour!

Anonymous said...

(Computer still only half working - this is Deb)

Country Classics dyes aren't dangerous to use and have lovely colors. We all use them around here.

The lichen is gorgeous. With all our snow and ice here, it's hard to imagine you look like Spring with those daffodils shooting up!!

Sharon said...

Ooh, that lichen is a wonderful dye plant. It's one of the few that makes green - most are yellow. Great colors.

Leigh said...

Spring! Spring! Spring! It's on the way! I love it!

tinsel said...

Hello! I have never seen sheep with a cloth on.Can you please tell me why?

Michelle said...

Hey Tinsel, it keeps all the hay and twigs and moss and bark bits out of most of the fleece, saving me time in skirting and producing a MUCH cleaner product to use or sell.