Monday, February 8, 2016

Canadian Geese

This morning on Etzler Road...

Friday, February 5, 2016

Afternoon Walk

Tinker Creek and Tinker Ridge

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Yarn Along

For years, Ginny at Small Things has hosted a Yarn Along each Wednesday. A bunch of bloggers share pictures of what they're reading and knitting this week. It's been a while since I joined in, but I'm back from my blog break and so glad to be back.

I'm knitting a blue wool scarf from Cascade 220 Aran yarn. It will be done in time for the next cold weather snap, next week.

What a disappointing winter for knitters in Southwest Virginia! It's been practically balmy all winter long. I miss some of that sharp cold wind chill from the Great Lakes region where I used to live. NEVER thought I'd say that, but then, I wasn't a knitter when I lived there. Maybe I'd have enjoyed winter more.

I'm reading Tinkers  by Paul Harding. I was attracted to the book by the title... I live near Tinker Creek and Tinker Mountain, which people say got its name from the "tinkers" that used to live up on the mountain. A tinker is  an old-time word for itinerant tinsmith workers who made and mended metal utensils. Since then I've found that it also refer to English or Scottish nomads; gypsies or other minority groups who stayed on the move. In either case, this story of the origin of Tinker Mountain's name  would fit in well with the history of Botetourt County.

Later, I found that Tinkers won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 (I believe). It's a short novel about an old man dying and drifting in and out of the present and past, in and out of his memories and his father's, who was a tinker.  It's dreamy, poetic and I love it.

I also started In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike. I've been meaning to read something by Updike for a while. This particular novel had me from the very beginning, when Clarence loses his faith in God. What a way to start an interesting novel....I'm only on page 50 so far.