Today I enjoyed a day of mid winter brilliant sunshine here at Tartooful… We went for our morning trail walk along the creek close to our home, and the combination of pure blue sky and rich green forest was absolutely magical! It’s been a wonderful experience to get to know the forest in an intimate way over the past six months, as we have walked the same trail over and over through the changing of the seasons. When we started our daily trail walks it was the height of Summer, with warm, dawns that broke at five in the morning.
The midsummer forest was lush and brilliant emerald green, with soft leaves filling the branches of the birch that line the creek. The trail was dusty and stayed on my skin and in my nostrils long after we had gone on with the rest of our day. Over the weeks my feet came to know every rock, and every turn of the trail. Just when I thought I had it’s path fully memorized the season began to turn to Autumn and it became a completely different place again. With the arrival of the rains the paths first became hard and wet… then became sodden in low places and occasionally even became little creeks!
When the leaves first started to fall it felt strange, how messy, and brown our little stretch of forest was becoming… but then the light began to change and the beauty of the Autumnal forest became more clear. With every leaf that dropped, the floor of the forest became a little more brightly illuminated, and little treasures became visible in every nook and cranny. Fall blooming crocus peeked through here, a patch of brilliant yellow mushrooms there… even the slugs seemed taken aback by the sudden bright light!
Now we’re in the depths of Winter, and we’ve seen frosty mornings, where icicles decorate the edges of the branches that dip into the creek, and the steps of the path glitter in the sun like diamonds. This morning the sun came through the bare branches of the birch in beautiful white shafts, playing fascinating shadows on the graveled path. I can’t wait to see the next six months as all the plants begin to wake up and unfurl their foliage once again. It’s hard to believe that in only a few short weeks we’ll once again be in the green light of the canopy of leaves!
Clockwise from clasp: “Lace Lock”, “Glass Unique”, “Aqua Edge Pumpkin”(retired), “Christmas Rose”, “Glass Unique”, “Blue Green Feather” (retired), “Ancient Palace’, “Etruscan” (retired), “Organic Bubbles” (retired), “Dream Away”, “Dew Drops” (retired), “Wisdom”, “Aqua Edge Triangles” (retired), “Dream Away”, “Zanzibar” (retired). “White Cap”, “Aqua Edge Petals” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Royal”, “Aqua Edge Pumpkin” (retired), “Unique Glass”. (All beads currently in stock at Tartooful.)