Yes, those are asparagus spears!

I went for a ride on my bike this morning. I am not a great bike rider but where I live there are wonderful bike paths everywhere and it is possible to go quite a way without going near a road. I rode to my daughter’s house to feed her cat. I made it and the cat was very happy to see me. It was a perfect spring morning and everything looked bright and shiny.

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Here is one of the bike paths, and a bit of the basket on my bike. The basket is essential.

When I got back home I found a small broken eggshell in the drive way. There is evidence everywhere of growth and renewal. It made a nice subject for a sketch.

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shell, watercolour on paper

Last year we made a small asparagus bed. Look closely, asparagus spears! They are fine but perfect and look very edible.

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There are flowers everywhere too. I haven’t seen many bees but I hope they are about because all three of our pear trees have flowers for the first time.

We should have been on the plane to Amsterdam tonight. But we did something Scandinavian this afternoon instead.

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Daniel wanted a Råskog so we set off for that most Sunday afternoon of pastimes. We now have matching Råskogs.  They are the same colour. Daniel asked how we would tell them apart, ‘mine will be full of my sh*t, and yours will be full of your sh*t’, I explained. And so they are.

I have nearly finished the first ‘knitting on a plane’ Bunty  mitten. It is looking very nice indeed.

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The yarn I’m using is divine. It is 55% fine merino wool, 20% alpaca and 25% nylon. It is incredibly soft and doesn’t have much stretch but is very well suited to this pattern. I am enjoying knitting with it a lot. It is Inca Spun Heritage sock yarn (hence the nylon) and is made in Peru! I bought this particular yarn for the colours. We have good yarn in Australia but the colour palette can be limited with some brands.

We are about to have apple pie and ice cream for supper. It might be time to cast on the other mitten.

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