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Summer potpourri

Rudyard Kipling was named after Rudyard Lake where his parents met.

Heard on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, December 15, 2014: Rudy Wiebe responding to the Proust questionnaire. Wiebe was asked, ‘What’s your greatest fear?’ His response: “hurting someone I love … my greatest fear would be damaging someone I love spiritually.”

An interesting tidbit about how society evolves through the ages. Currently considered a craft done primarily by women, knitting was predominantly once a male trade — yes, that’s true. And at one time there was actually a type of knitting union (I’m not joking) founded in Paris, France back in 1527. It’s said that no women were allowed.

Ramona Clematis ©Diane M Schuller

Aren’t those three little bits of interesting trivia? I thought so. I’m delighted some of you sent me messages letting me know you might like to read the occasional reprint of some of the Eco columns I wrote. In that regard, the plan is to reprint one of my old columns perhaps once a month. Today is simply casual and random.

Today also happens to be Canada Day. It’s our 148th birthday party. We’re getting better with age, at least I hope we are (politicians definitely not included).

I’m slogging my way through a Citron shawl. In the summer, I tend not to get nearly as much time for sitting and knitting so this one’s been on the needles since June 1! But another hour or so should have it bound off and complete. I’m very anxious because as soon as I have this thing completed, I plan to make my first pair of socks and am really looking forward to it.

Today has certainly been a real potpourri of jots and thoughts. So here’s my final string of words for the day:

I love the cry of the gulls, the scent of the sea, and the hush of the waves on a day like today.

© Diane M Schuller : French Creek, BC

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Sherry Galey - July 2, 2015 - 4:44 am

I do love your trivia, Diane; it captures my imagination! Aslo your stunning black and white! And your Web tidbits. I’m also a fan of Mumford and Sons and Shawna Lemay!

steph - July 2, 2015 - 5:43 am

I got so caught up in your book link yesterday that I failed to comment….oops! Sorry! Citron is one of the few shawls I’ve actually knit again (3 times, I love it so!!!!!) Enjoy! (I enjoyed immensely your photos!!!!)

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden - July 3, 2015 - 12:15 pm

You do present a real mix of thoughts. I will pick up on one of them: the Proust questionnaire. How would I answer the same question?
Mostly I have many silly little everyday fears like spiders and wasps (probably because I have been bitten so many times). I guess my biggest fear is losing my mental faculties as I get older. I value my creativity and imagination. I’d hate to lose those gifts.

Lisa Gordon - July 4, 2015 - 4:23 am

Love reading your thoughts, Diane!
Hope you will show us your shawl when it is finished.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend! xo.

Gabriele - July 4, 2015 - 5:52 am

Knitting union for men? Crazy! Loved your trivia. Happy summer.

Annie - July 10, 2015 - 3:47 am

I did enjoy all the links and trivia in this post, having finally made it back into blogland after a week away. One teeny correction though … Mumford and Sons are definitely British … you only have to ask Wikipedia, and my friend’s aunt who know’s Ben Lovatt’s mum. Marcus Mumford has dual UK/USA nationality as he was born to British parents while they were temporarily overseas, but there’s not a Canadian among them, sorry. (Can you tell I’m a fan!)

susan - July 12, 2015 - 7:18 am

What interesting bits of trivia and thoughts, Diane and I love your images, especially that first one – so elegant! Anxious to see that shawl you are working on. Off to check out those links now! Have a lovely week!