It’s growing colder 

The days are very dark. This doesn’t always make me happy, but I must admit the changing light does something to me. I love the contrasts that you get this time of year: the bright blue of the sky with the dark silhouettes, the grey water…

Some days it’s grey and wet, the hawthorn collecting droplets from the air. They look like tiny diamonds.

Sometimes it’s cold enough to frost over. One morning I caught the view just as the sun was peeking over the dike, hitting the tree tops so they turned gold.

The icy blues contrast so beautifully with the golden yellows…

If it wasn’t so bloody cold I could’ve stayed all day watching them *grin*

We also got a new chicken. It’s a bloody cheeky chicken. In a few weeks time she decided she runs the place.

This is her coming to collect her food in the mornings. I opened the blinds and apparently wasn’t quick enough in feeding them. My mistake.

She’s a stray chicken, just like the cockerel (that dark fluffy thing in the background – apparently they’re called silkies in English!). For some reason if people see a chicken wandering about their property, they hand them over to us. Last year a neighbour threw a stray chicken over the fence. Though truth be told he thought it was one of ours that escaped.

This red one strayed onto my inlaws’ property, looking rather rugged and rough. My husband came home one night from a visit to his parents: “I’ve got a present for you.” And I got handed this box with this frumpy chicken inside.

She’s been in our garden a little while and seems to clean up rather nicely. Her tail is still a bit scruffy but I’m hoping it’ll grow into its own again. And then perhaps she’ll lay some eggs for us… though it’s probably spring before we get any.

Winter is coming

Which means autumn has arrived…

I do love the autumn colours. And the scents…

Beautiful dried flower silhouets.

The hawthorn is beautiful again.

If you look very very closely, you can see a tiny glimpse of a rainbow in the sky. I was constantly catching small hints of colour in the clouds, even though it hasn’t rained for weeks.

Busy working on the latest baby blanket… the baby has been born already, so I have to be quick! Can’t seem to get the colours right in the photographs, though. They’re quite warm, a bit autumny as well. (They’re matching the baby’s bedroom again).

As you can see, it’s gonna be a simple granny square blanket. I’ve tried a ton of patterns but really this one fits the room and the colours best in my opinion. Now to finish it before we’re going to see the newborn…

Hippie kussensloop: the end

It’s finished! The colours still make me really happy. So nice and summery.

The back side is a bit more seventies…

  I kept the edging really basic because the granny square is already quite colorful. I guess it’s a simple shell edging? Didn’t use a pattern, just made something up.

And guess who’s using it now?

I’m also planning a fly blind. But which colours to use? *ponder*
I managed to get my hands on some nice and colourful acrylics for a very good price, so I restacked my acrylics drawer. Such pretty colours!

I wish I had a cupboard for all of my yarn. Don’t think the husband would appreciate it if I claimed this entire cupboard though.

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Testing the ice

 See, it did look like winter. Which meant we obviously had to test the ice. As you can see here, strong discussions about where to walk were had by all people and dogs involved.  Kim had a very strong opinion about treading on ice, which she voiced very loudly. I do have a movie clip of that. But since it includes a silly dance by yours truly, I won’t be publishing that online.  

  Must admit I’m very much in love with the camera of the iphone five. I got a new work phone and the image quality is so much higher than of my trusted samsung. I loved that one, and the pictures were fine, but in this early evening light the samsung couldn’t do anything. The iphone, though – wow! Just look at that beautiful light in these pictures, it’s pretty much the way your eyes conceive it! So impressed. Can’t wait to see if I can finally manage to capture the colours of crochet projects correctly.

Riverside

20151229_112446.jpgI probably need to update more, but I’m having such a winter! It’s so dark and gloomy all the time, I’m not feeling very inspired to take pictures. However, these geese did want to show off their beautiful flight patterns. My Phone camera unfortunately can’t capture them properly, so you’ll have to zoom in your head.

While wandering near the Waal, we found tracks by some locals…

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…beavers! They’ve been quite busy, as you can see.

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We have yet to see an actual beaver here, but we often find tracks, though not usually as Obvious as these. We’ll have to stay on the look-out! Though we usually go for a walk when the sun’s out (…or at least pretending to be out…), which I suppose isn’t beaver-active-time. Time for an early morning walk, I guess.

Have you ever spotted a beaver in the wild?

And there, by the fire

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The ultimate autumn experience: crochet by the fire.

I’m working on a cowl of lovely handspun teesdale yarn that I picked up in Stroud this summer. It’s wonderfully soft and warm.

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It’s so nice to work with this material. And the natural color of these fleece is gorgeous as well. I’ve thought about dying it but really it would be a shame.

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(I do have to admit we’re only borrowing this fire: we’re house-sitting, lucky us).

How are you spending these cold autumn evenings? 

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