Tag: Dottie

Fresh Start for the Pond

We have a funky little concrete pond in our side yard.
Over the years we’ve had goldfish in it from time to time, mostly just to eat the mosquito larvae that inevitably collect there.

And in recent years we’ve had icky algae issues, due to not enough oxygen/too much organic material.

So this spring we decided to clean it out and start fresh.


I’d emptied it a couple of weeks ago, and it seems like the neighborhood wild birds must have really missed having it as a water source and general hang-out.

We went to a local pond supply place (very nice folks at Mud Pond Koi) and they hooked us up with some submerged plants: Water Lilly and Mare’s Tail), a couple marginal plants for shelf areas (Creeping Jenny, and Houttunynia Cordata Variegata), and some floaters- Water Hyacinth.



We’ve also placed an aerator in there to keep things moving and oxygenated.

So we’re on our way to hopefully having a nice little ecosystem- just need to get some new fishes to populate it.

For now we just have yarn posing by the newly planted pond- this is Dottie aran-weight two ply, bouncy and fluffy.



Just like the girl herself 🙂

Scenes from a September Weekend

Stumpy announcing his presence

Dottie and Edgar showing off their Fall partial haircuts

And Denise learning a new skill!

Oh Norwegian Purl, where have you been all my life!? 🙂 Can’t wait to try it out on some corrugated ribbing.

And, I am really close to finishing the Tomato Bisque cowl (maybe 90%).


I think that is probably the closest I have come to accurately capturing the color of the yarn.
September light seems to suit it!

New Girl in the Pasture

And she’s not a chicken!

We are all still feeling the loss of Griff.
But there is is a lot of grass out there to eat, and an opportunity presented itself to add another player to the roster.

So I jumped on it.


(Sorry this photo is through the fence, but it’s the best one I have so far of her flashy facial markings.)

Her name was Wynette, and she’s a Gotland/Finn/Shetland cross from Schoonover Farm. Born last spring.
I wasn’t looking for a ewe, but she has a lovely fleece, and is very sweet and friendly.

In fact, I had already spun up some of her fleece, as it was the one I brought home from their shearing at the end of March!


I was originally thinking that I would keep her name, as she’s had it for a year.
But it doesn’t roll off my tongue very easily, and I thought it would be fun to keep the baseball theme going.

So I’ve decided to call her Dottie, for Dottie Hinson from “A League of Their Own”.




So happy to have her on the team!