We’re trying to make it a habit to get out of the house for a wander around the area every weekend. While not a hard thing for me, the young boy can take some persuasion to shut down the tablet and get his head out of the matrix for a while. We have to wait until evening, as it is still ferociously hot during the day.
I call these walks “Spot the treasure”. Go down a seemingly boring country road…
and find that there are so many beautiful and useful things to discover if one cares to look.
Wild roses that were once part of someone’s garden.
Blackberries! I would have loved to eat some of these, but one never knows if they have been sprayed (blackberry is considered a pest and vigorously sprayed to destroy the plants, so sad for the roadside forager!)
Hawthorn trees grow aplenty! I was most happy to see them! I understand that Hawthorn has valuable medicinal properties.
A patch of chamomile brightens up the roadside.
A maize crop rustles in the wind.
Look across the fields, and you are treated to the grandeur that is the tail of the Tararua ranges.
We always come home feeling content. My soul feels refreshed.
And now I guess you are wondering if I have had any time for knitting? Of course!
This exquisite lovely is The Falls of Rauros. Claire Ellen is such a talented designer! I have done my own thing on the heel (I do not like the look of that sweet tomato heel) and added extra twisted stitch detail to the foot. I may have also made the toe my own… I am very pleased to have used one of my favourite sock yarns ever – Knitsch 100% merino sock in the Silver Lining colourway. In addition to being a total pleasure to knit with, I think it makes the sock look very waterfall’ish.
The below are the waterfalls that were my yarn choice inspiration. These falls are in McLarens Falls Park near my hometown of Tauranga, a favourite waterhole of both young and old.
Now to finish the other!