Life in the Micawber household is slightly less frenetic than it was, for which I am very grateful. There's time now to breathe, to fold laundry and do dishes, to cook, to ride. Time to
Here are some photos from my last three rides.
Sunday before last: It's a gorgeously hot day, and Tallulah and I decide to ride over to the Wisconsin River. We see plenty of wildflowers along the way:
|Clockwise from left, Leafy Spurge, Oleaster, Large-Flowered Trillium|
I was very excited to find the Trillium pictured above, having never seen one before (except on the cover of my wildflower book). I thought they only grew in the woods, but this one was plunk in the middle of a sunny ditch. The flowers were nearly as big as my hand, and highly visible from the road.
These horses seem like old friends; I've been riding past their pasture for years now:
The ever-alluring bend in the road:
More Dame's Rocket, including a blindingly white variety that is surprisingly prolific this year:
I like the rooflines on these farm buildings:
We reach the river. Iris the bike leans against a tree while Miss T and I head down to the water's edge, she to watch the ripples, I to eat a banana.
It's good to see the river again, to feel the sun on our backs and hear the happy shouts of boaters.
On our way home we pass a favourite field, the grass mown in sweeping curves around two splendid trees:
A very satisfying ride.
Two days later I head out for a short ride. Though time is limited, the wildflowers are too beguiling to pass by....
|Top: Hoary Puccoon; bottom left, Wild Geranium; bottom right, Balsam Groundsel|
Also blooming on this ride were wild columbine and three varieties of honeysuckle (not pictured).
I'm learning to tell the difference between dogwood (four-petalled blossoms, leaves smooth-edged) and elder (five-petalled blossoms, leaves serrate):
|Red-twig Dogwood (left); Elder (right). Both beautiful!|
Another lovely bend in the road:
A good ride; short on miles but long on flowers.
Monday, Memorial Day: I've been waiting all weekend for a chance to ride, and finally it comes. The afternoon is hot and sunny (as opposed to the rain we usually get on Memorial Day).
Wild white roses are springing up everywhere:
I like the wonky door on this shed:
Amish draft horses taking the afternoon off:
Power, old and new:
What about the wildflowers? (I can hear you wondering.) There were plenty of those too:
|Left: buttercup (top), Daisy Fleabane (bottom); center, unknown.|
Right: Golden Alexanders (top), Black Medick (bottom).
(Also seen but not pictured: bladder campion, 3 varieties of clover, cow parsnip, hoary alyssum, butter-and-eggs, Dame's rocket. I really need to start a 2016 wildflower list.)
The locust trees are blooming right now, sending waves of sweetness on the breeze:
How about some wild grass, just as a break from flowers? Although there are locust blossoms in the background.... :)
Another good ride. Here's to many more of them!
Have you seen the Love of Crochet Summer 2016 issue?
|Photo copyright Love of Crochet/Julia Vandenoever|
That's one of my projects on the cover (blogger coughs modestly while kicking herself for not posting this weeks ago when the magazine first came out).
It's a lacy poncho made of join-as-you-go 3-round motifs, with removable ties that allow it to be worn as a top.
Also in this issue are my Tidal Shawl, an elongated half-hexagonal shawl with a simple, fast-growing dc body and a lacy border copied from an antique table runner:
|Left and upper right photos copyright Love of Crochet/Julia Vandenoever|
And the Just-Enough Purse, a small bag worked in center single crochet with a fun row of flowers around the top:
To see all the patterns in Love of Crochet Summer 2016, visit the Ravelry page here. To order your own copy, visit the Interweave store here.
And that's all she wrote. See you in June!
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