Thursday, April 19, 2007

19 April: Bluebells! - oh, and socks.

Yesterday I went to the bluebell woods.

No stitchwort or red campion to be seen yet, though there were carpets of celandines and wood anemones as well as the bluebells. And further on -

There is a "Discovery Trail" through here. A large notice tells the visitor that only a small part of the wood, which was given to the University in 1836 by the Bishop, has ever been in private ownership since the 12th century; and goes on to say how remarkable it is to have such an asset within a mile of the City centre.

It was a glorious morning. It was good to be alive and among these friends.

I even found some wool-bearing friends, Jacob sheep that belong to a Guild member. This ewe has twins.

And let's not forget the socks. Terribly un-subversive ones, these, but just the ticket for the nippy wind today. And yes, although knitted from the same ball of wool, they seem to be slightly different colours, but not quite as markedly as in the picture.

(Fancied a bit of a change in the Bag's appearance. Everything changes, remember.)


Murph said...

A mile from the city Centre? Blimey!!

KAZ said...

Love the bluebells - I'll go and look for some later.
No - not a mile from Manchester city centre.
I'll have to use the car.

Lucy said...

Beautiful blue.

stitchwort said...

Durham, unlike Manchester, is tiny; and has a City Council that firmly restricts development. Also much of the land is owned by the Church. Makes a difference.

Ah yes, the colour!

I, like the view said...



thank you for bringing me the views I can't view myself

and as for the socks: equally divine!! thanks for view of items I do not have the patience to knit (the yarn is wonderful! when I knit with hand dyed, I do that two row thing from two different balls of wool - but maybe it's impossible to knit socks that way?)

Ruby in Bury said...

Love the bluebells!

There were some woods full of them in Leeds when I was growing up (yes, in Leeds - well the surburban part). I guess they are there from when that part of town was countryside and as it expanded, they were allowed to stay. The woods are still there, but hardly any bluebells these days, apparently.