Have you ever had one of those moments when you make what 'feels' like a deliciously spontaneous decision? A decision that leaves you thinking 'Look out world, I am utterly unpredictable, crazy and free-spirited. I DEFINE spontaneous. Wild at heart, baby. Wild at heart.' Don't you love those? I do. I love 'em. I even thought for a moment this weekend that I had one of those moments. Until I stopped and thought about it and realized that what had seemed like it had come out of nowhere was actually the slow stacking of little things - experiences, discussions, experiments, trials, a word here, a spin (or three) there - a slow building of ideas and impressions and desires that finally coalesce in an almost blinding flash around one very simple statement.
"You know that's going to look fucking fantastic against your red living room walls, right?"
It's a Lucien Paradis antique Canadian production wheel, tricked out for the new generation by Dave at The Merlin Tree. It's beautifully intact and beautifully (she was right, wasn't she) mine. The Spindicate may be ruthless, but they are never wrong.
(ETA: Thankfully, someone got a photo of the happy event. You can see it here. Thanks, Cassie!)
I wish that I had some spinning from her to show you, but I gave up my spinning time for this:
Finally we have actual life in our front yard. Monday morning, all that lived here were the two Corkscrew Filberts (planted last summer) and a whole mess of mulch. It was terrible. Now, after a day of hard work, we have Clematis, Yellow Trumpet Vine, a Lilac, Roses, Peonies, Columbines, Dwarf Day Lilies, a few Dahlias, and some herbs for the front border. Those white stones mark a tiny path that will be filled in with bits of broken slate (from the bathroom project) with Creeping Thyme and Irish Moss planted between them to fill in with greenery. The area behind the Filberts (now filled with mulch piles to be spread out) was to be planted with a red-stemmed Dogwood, aka cornus sericea, but I think it's too likely to try to take over, so instead I'm considering some Foxgloves and Hollyhocks back there for drama. Not to mention camouflage for the foundation.