Contrary to last years incident, yesterday was a clear sunny but brisk 15 degrees Celsius and most likely the last before the cold makes things unpleasant and snow covers everything. I looked forward to getting back to nature, and to taking in the scenery. The grasses, wild flowers and weeds are tall and the small stands of Ash saplings are growing taller and thicker which is always a joy to see. So many natural materials with which to create! I turned east and visited my young pine forest and birch stand which have really filled in! The pine trees are over 8' tall now and touching shoulders so that passage through involved a bit of a detour but I didn't get lost this time!
The sun felt great and it was so quiet except for the occasional distant vehicle. No gun shots either much to my relief. (It's a bit unnerving to be walking on your property during deer hunting season.) Part of my plan was to collect some milkweed pods and Queen Anne's lace dried seed heads that I thought might make interesting xmas ornaments. As I snapped off milkweed pods and examined them, I noticed the stem reminded me of a long neck bird. I was careful to include stems as I removed them and dropped them into my bag. While studying seed heads it struck me that the dried umbels of the Queen Anne's lace resembled the open tail feathers of a peacock! I couldn't wait to get home to try some things. Back home I quickly finished a few pressing chores in record time so inspired was I, chomping at the bit to play with my natural craft items! I assembled my glue gun, paints and all important glitter with which to transform dried weeds into beautiful delicate ornaments.
Notice the end can bend up more without breaking making a flush contact with the "feathers". You can add a dab of glue along the fold underneath to hold it together and prevent breaking.