Well Storm Dennis has arrived this afternoon bringing with it strong wind & massive amounts of rain which will swell up the River Dyfi again. I dont think i have ever seen it so high.
I love days like these when i can cosy up in my little 400 year old cottage with the fire on, listening to the storm outside knowing that i am safe, warm & cosy inside the thick walls between me & the outside world. The farm land around here is saturated at the moment after the storm last week so i’m sure tomorrow when i venture out that the fields will be flooded again & the river in spate. We will go for a walk tomorrow to see if the river is as high as last week.
Still on a day like today what else is there to do other than get my knitting out & watch Monty Don on Gardeners World, whilst drinking healthy hot chocolate. The programme takes gets me thinking longingly about the long lazy days of summer sat in the garden in the sunshine, with my spinning wheel out & my chickens. Spinning in the garden is what makes my garden a garden. listening to the hens chatter away to each other & seeing little bits of sheep fluff blowing about in the breeze around the garden & sticking to the plants for the birds to find.
I always think its funny when i walk up the garden & see that little bit of fluff & know i had no control over where it would land. It seems to take on its own creative energy.
I am beginning to think about what food to grow in the garden for us to eat through the summer, as I have a new garden this year with plenty of space for growing food. I am also planning on planting a dye garden to extract colour from plants to dye fabric & experiment with inks, water colours & paints.
The cottage in the winter months is lovely & cosy, but i do love this time of year when the sun returns to the valley after a whole 2 months of not getting up over the hill. I love the first glimpses of Spring as the snowdrops appear hidden in the hedges around the garden & along the lane. They bring promises of the warm days to come. Winter in the cottage means spinning yarns in front of the fire with the curtain up over the door to keep the heat in. Sometimes it can be dark & the little lamps need to be on all day but that just adds warmth to the room on a cold dark winters day.
I am avidly spinning masses of yarn at the moment for some new rugs to go into my Etsy shop soon from Brown Zwarbles sheep & white Welsh moutain, I have also spun some Balwen, Black Nose Valais (white), black Welsh Mountain & Suffolk. Each one has been different to spin & each one will add a different texture to the rugs, but each one is beautiful in its own right.
I’m in the process of making a new 1 metre long peg loom for making my rugs so I should be able to weave a good size rug to show off the fleece to their optimum.
Anyway, Storm Dennis sounds like he is in for the night now & a dare not venture outside as the rain is coming across the hill in waves, sounds like someone is tipping a big bucket of water out of the sky. The wind has got up gusty again but we are sheltered here by the trees around the church & vicarage next door. It sounds like its a good time to settle down & get a cosy night sleep & dream of the warm, long, sunny days to come…..xx