Emma and I have been working on our home trail in recent weeks.
It is to be a knitting trail ! ! !
Our trail begins right next to Jeff’s workshop…
And takes off into the woods, just follow Emma.
It goes upwards very quickly…
It meanders along old deer-trodden paths ,
which Emma and I have enhanced with our footsteps.
It passes by tall firs,
oaks & bays,
madrones & maples…
You will see my short rows of sticks on occasion,
they are trail markers in sections where the knitting trail goes one way,
while the deer may go another…
Emma is charged with purpose as she surveys the forest, and the wildlife.
There is at least one mountain lion which lives in the area, sighted many times, and I often wonder if it is the lion which she smells. I think I would like to put some places to sit (and knit) along the way. Just sit, knit, and listen to the wildlife.
Some small sections are getting the shovel treatment, like here at the trail-head.
(Yes, that is our house, and my car, which I try to drive as little as possible)
So you see, I have been working like an ox lately, for this is the time of year I love most to be outside toiling away, among the falling leaves of Autumn. There’ll be more photos later, as the Knitting Trail is honed to perfection !
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But hey ! Its the last day of October today, and that means it is Halloween! For the occasion I thought I’d post a photo of something remarkably ominous from the woods! The raven’s cultural and somewhat spooky symbolism is not to be debated, however here they are just a cheerful and welcomed presence, and flock about year round. They make themselves very comfortable, eating the berries in the native trees, and fruit & veggies from our garden, and pick from our compost pile too. I think they are fascinating birds, possessing a truly amazing intrigue and even sense of humor (they like to tease Emma every chance they get), and they are the stewards of these woods all the same. Here is a photo I took last week, zoomed into the branches of an oak while this fellow and his mate were making deep throaty chortling & clucking conversation…
Happy Halloween everyone !
(( Note: I am delayed with knitting projects due to interruptions life tends to cause. ))