Bute Park, Cardiff, Temporary Willow soaker, Springtime nature watching! Wonderful Weekend!
A view of Cardiff Castle from Bute Park
My friend Lizzeeee and I went to the RHS show in Bute Park, Cardiff. The show was very modest but packed with lovely things. The best bit for me, aside from spending a beautiful day with my pal, was meeting a lady with a hypo-awareness Border Collie dog.
I tried not to stop and ask her about it but couldn't help myself! She was more than happy to tell us all about the dog and it's amazing powers of scent. This lady had Type 1 diabetes and for the past 40 yrs she had been too scared to leave the house. She is unable to tell when her blood sugar levels drop seriously low and so could quite easily end up having a serious diabetic seizure without knowing it was going to happen. Frightening stuff.
Her lovely dog can smell changes in her body odour 45mins before a seizure! It's described as a peardrop smell but she admitted to not knowing exactly what it is the dogs sense entirely. Now she can go and enjoy a RHS show or go shopping by herself, well, with her little collie dog! Not only that, after being housebound for 40yrs, she is entering trials for skulling in the London Olympics!!!! We asked what would happen if, doing all that exercise, she was racing and her blood sugar levels dropped. Ah! she said, her dog would be in the safety boat following them during the races and would warn the safety people!!! What does this collie ask for in return? A jelly baby.
There's a lesson there somewhere.
Lizzee and I spent a gloriously languid few hours under this tree chatting about our lives and the wonders of the world.
Lizzeeee, she's a beautiful bean.
I've known Lizzeeee for such a long time. I'm really excited that she is starting a little garden for her brain injury patients. I've never known someone with such a passion for people and life. She's an inspiration to me and I know she is an inspiration to many, many others. ... It's just the smell...
Finally!!!! I've got somewhere decent to soak my willow!!!!!!! There really is no stopping me now!!!! For the past month I've only been able to soak little withies in the bin. Now I can actually soak the full lengths that I need to and get on with making me baskets.
The wooden construction on the right of the trailer is just to split the trailer in two. The next time I get to the land I'm going to collect my recycled butyl pond liner and some wood to make a dedicated soaking trough!
THANK YOU to everyone who is waiting for a basket for your patience during this pain in the bum time. THANK YOU!!!!! :)
Ash tree seedling
Keep your eye out for tree seedlings at the moment they're really easy to see.
This hazel, in a hedgerow, was packed full of seeds.
Below is the magnificent Lord and Ladies in flower! In the evening the shards of low sunlight hit these flowers making the floor of the forest light up with spikes of soft green lights.
The Horsechestnut below is the biggest tree in our local woods. I always fail miserably to get a good photo of it. I decided to post this pic because I love the green!!! Greeeeeen!!!!
The end of my day yesterday was spent enjoying the hot air balloons taking off from a field the other side of the valley.
How I love Spring.