Sunday, August 05, 2007

The sun has got his hat on, Hip, Hip, Hip, Hooray!

At last we're enjoying a bright hot sunny summer day. My last entry was compiled on a sunny day back at the beginning of June and since then it's been grey and done nothing but rain. Shouldn't complain too much though as we've been very lucky and only experienced limited inconvenience due to localised flooding.

Work hasn't been much fun over the past months but one of the most interesting things I'm involved in is working with Freshwater Mussels. They're rare and declining fast, so left with no option other than taking small numbers and keeping them in hatcheries. The mussels are kept in the square tank at the top of the steps and because they need juvenile salmon as part of their life cycle these are kept in the circular tanks. This is a shot of a mussel taken looking directly down at it in the tank. Working up at the hatchery where it's so peaceful and doing something practical has been a prefect antidote to all the other stuff going on.
This sunset was incredible especially since it was the evening before the heavy rain and flooding.

On the knitting front completed these in the Posh Yarn 4ply Cashmere - Turtle that I pictured in an earlier entry. These are for my father-in-law. It's a pleasure to knit them for him since they provide some comfort when his feet are swollen and he's not feeling too well. Knit the leg, heel flap and gusset on a pair of Potamus only to find I'd made a bad mistake so frogged them right back. Couldn't face them immdediately so am busy knitting another pair for Bloodquaffer as part of Sock Swap 2 so can't post a pic just yet.

Because it's been so wet and cold, making jam felt just right. This is a mix of strawberries, raspberries, loganberries and cherries and looked so inviting and smelt wonderful. Got half a dozen jars of what I've called Summer Fruit jam and since M doesn't eat much fruit at least know he will enjoy this.


At 5:13 pm, Blogger Janis said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm -- your jam looks divine, Gill! (and so do the socks!)
What's your secret? (hint hint)


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