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Ready for a bit of colour

August has been a month so far of  personal weariness aggravated by a cold virus which has left an irritating cough. So much for all the extra vitamins D and C I’ve been taking over the last few months. It’s the tail end of winter in this southern land and so far it’s been pretty good with some lovely bright days despite the freezing cold evenings and early mornings.
There have been some splendid beach walks. We accidentally disturbed this adult fur seal hiding amongst the seaweed and driftwood. Looks a bit like a bear or big dog in the photo. Some days our walks have been more bracing than others. The winter surf has pounded the beaches with high tempestuous waves.
We also try to do a daily short walk around our rural neighbourhood. Occasionally if we’re feeling more energetic then we’ll tackle the hill behind our house. The other roads are flatter with gentle rises, just enough to get us puffing a bit.
I really enjoy watching the weather roll across the hills on our regular walk. I think I’ve mentioned before that just beside this hill looking like it is emerging from the hill is a circular ‘hobbit’ house. It took the owner several years to self-build and it incorporates all sorts of recycled materials.
I added a few fresh new colours of yarn to the shop shelves today. I kept a few back previously after dyeing for a blanket project. Whilst I’m having trouble finding the energy to warp my loom, plus hardly selling any weaving this winter, I tentatively began a few simple granny squares in Spring colours. I have a loose plan of how this colourwash of shades and squares will build but am still open to serendipity.
The greens and red/pinks will take centre stage slowly changing to reds and then sky blues. Then finally a frame edge of whatever colours I have left. But we shall see.
I worked a bit on this in the shop today. Sales are flat at the moment (not entirely unusual for Winter) although quite a few local people/families walked through the shop and stopped to chat or look around. We are a walkway through to the cafe behind us and two other shops so we do get their customers coming and going. 
Well time to pop the electric blanket on and have an early night as I’m back in the shop tomorrow.
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