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Sit very quietly

“Sit very quietly, and when the scenery shifts, slip between it.” — John Cage
camellia bud, February Qualicum Beach

camellia in bloom, February ©Diane M Schuller

Although I do have spring bulbs blooming right now, I thought this beautiful pale pink Camellia was a bit of a show stopper. The tree is chock full of fat buds so I expect quite a show once they’re all open.


Kindle & cover www.dianeschuller.com

After reading a book as engaging as the one I mentioned last week, I tried two more novels and abandoned them both. Took a couple days off and I now have The Piano Maker loaded on my Kindle and getting into it posed no problem.

knitting a dramatic baby blanket

Looks like I have my knitting mojo back. I cast on this pinwheel baby blanket and it’s already about 1/3 of the way through. If you’re a knitter, you either knit Continental (picking) or English/American style (throwing). I learned the English style but after a few months knew I’d be switching to Continental, which I did. But I found I was getting some wrist strain from holding my index finger up plus using it for knitting tension. I had viewed videos showing knitters who kept that index finger right down against the left hand knitting needle without all the movement. So I decided I would switch to that version with this project. Though a tad awkward at first, once I got the hang of it, it came along quite easily. I’m already completely comfortable with the new method. There’s another bonus, besides no more wrist or shoulder strain, my tension is much more consistent. If you’re a knitter, have you ever changed knitting styles?

red baby blanket || www.dianeschuller.com

“Our finger prints don’t fade from the lives we touch.” by Judy Blume. This quote makes me think of my dear mom. My entire life, she always had African Violets. I keep them now too and think of her each and every time I look at or care for them. Her fingerprints never fading from my life.

African Violet

The rhododendron you see below is actually in full bloom in my garden right now. It’s the earliest to bloom by a long shot. The next rhododendron won’t be in bloom until mid to late March.

Rhododendron blooming February Qualicum Beach, BC

Besides the early blooming in our yard, there are other sure signs of spring. This week I noticed the Brandt Geese have returned and our town is preparing for the month long festival which commences mid March. The Bald Eagles and seagulls are gathering in anticipation of the upcoming herring run here in the Salish Sea. And the other day while enjoying our morning coffee I saw six magnificent Trumpeter Swans headed most likely to their spring breeding grounds in Comox, BC.

This week you’re getting mostly images, though with all the photo-taking I’m doing, there are oodles and oodles that are never seen. Oh speaking of photos not being seen, do you ever print photographs anymore? I certainly don’t print all of them but I do print any photos of family, and for a while was printing and framing favourite images as well. The problem is, there is only so much wall space. I have had photobooks made and have plans on doing at least three books of photos this year: one at the end of the year to showcase my 365 photo project; one for some of my old favourites paired with favourite quotes; and the other one is likely going to be piano/music photos.

Until next Monday wishing you thoughtful observations, the scents of spring, and a lovely discovery or two.

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Mimi - February 22, 2016 - 7:51 am

What a lovely blog. Good to see your blanket here. Can’t wait to see the finished project. (Dianne, from Raverly)

Gabriele - February 22, 2016 - 1:27 pm

I believe I have the same Rhody in my front yard, It is opening every day and actually bloomed twice last year. Once in January and again in September. Crazy!

dinahmow - February 22, 2016 - 2:07 pm

I love seeing your garden pictures. Little glimpses, here and there,of a place I know you love.
I look around at my exploding jungle of weedy things now that we are having rainy days and know that my days of neat-and-tidy are long gone!But I’m happy to be providing homes for essential critters!
On my bedtime reading list now?I’m re-reading an out-of-print book that I managed to track down;an interesting voyage of friends in the Solomon Islands.”Island of Survival” by Wade Doak;may be hard to find. And,new to my library shelves, “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald.
And, between squalls, clearing up the palm fronds and seeds from pathways.

Jessie - February 22, 2016 - 9:29 pm

We just lost all our snow over the weekend and today while I was out stomping and grumbling through all the mud to take care of the chickens and the ducks I saw the first sandhill crane of the year fly over. So maybe it’s not so bad losing the snow after all. Here we still have a while to go before we get big beautiful blooms outside- it’s mud season. *sigh*

Lisa Gordon - February 23, 2016 - 3:52 pm

You have spring flowers already!!!
It’s going to be a while before we see them here, but I can wait very patiently for them.
I hope you are having a wonderful week, my friend. xo.

Alina - February 27, 2016 - 5:54 am

Your photos are always so inspiring! I don’t print the photos anymore, but I am planning to do that for this summer. I am going to visit my family and I want to make an album for them, so when I come back home, they can still have a piece of me 🙂 As for knitting, I knit continental style, always did. I tried English, but it seemed that throwing takes more time than picking, but maybe because I am not used to it. Have a great weekend!

Sherry G. - March 2, 2016 - 3:31 am

This post is just packed with glorious florals — I adore camellias and rhododendrons and you’re so fortunate to have them where you live. I am thoroughly taken by that RED baby blanket. It is superb! I’m glad you found a way to knit that works so well for you.

Candace - March 12, 2016 - 5:42 pm

Those flower photos are dreamy!