Summer Days

Summer sure did fly by this year. We are usually very busy in the summer time with kids out of school, the garden and baby lambs…but this year we did things a bit different. My hubby had work in Canada and it is a place we have fallen in love with the past year. So, we delegated my work of cleaning condos for vacation rentals, took my computer so I could work remotely, found friends and neighbors to take care of the animals, and left the rest to chance. IMG_1788

We were able to spend 4 weeks on Vancouver Island and it was by far the most peaceful I have felt in a long time. The people we met were lovely and generous, the land and ocean spoke to us so deeply, and we got a lot of family quality time. It was a nice break from Durango, chores and it was wonderful to be in the pacific northwest…where my heart truly lives. IMG_1755IMG_1772IMG_1792

We came home to a wild land that we quickly mowed, weeded and cut back. All is back to normal, almost as if we didn’t leave…but I know that Bryson and I left something back there in Sooke and we are not done with that island. Did I mention all the wild blackberries were in season? IMG_5552

Since Bryson drove his truck with a bunch of tools, I was able to stick my spinning wheel and my black fiber I blogged about earlier and I did get some spinning done. It has continued since I got home. I switch back between my two knitting projects, and my spinning. It is such a meditative practice for me and I love the way the yarn is turning out. I will share that in another post soon.IMG_5362

I was able to get in quite a lot of knitting. There was a lot of coastal beach knitting and late night knitting this summer. Though I have been trying not to buy yarn anymore, especially from yarn stores, rather than farmers who I know treat their animals well, I went to The Beehive in Victoria and found this scrumptious rust-orange yarn which is quickly becoming a Pomme de pin Cardigan.IMG_5522

Home again and it has been lovely. Lots of food left for the sheep and the days are cooler than when we left in July. School has just started and we will be shifting our focus to preparing for winter now.IMG_5603

 

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