We’re a month past the solstice now, and “the days are starting to stretch” a bit, as they say here. The mornings are still very dark but it is now still a bit light at 4:15. When there’s sun, the shadows are wonderfully long:
Last weekend we had a lovely snowfall. In the photo below, you see the statue of the Duke of Wellington (and in the background on the left, another horserider statue in George Square). It’s a Glasgow tradition that the Duke of Wellington wears a traffic cone on his head. A few years ago, the city council debated whether putting a traffic cone on the Duke should be made a punishable offence. There was a public outcry, to the effect that putting the traffic cone on the Duke is a public service, not an offence, because the sight is so unmistakeably Glaswegian. The measure was dropped. I have never seen the statue without it, although perhaps there are brief periods of time in the middle of the night when the police climb up and take it off?
The statue is in front of the Gallery of Modern Art. At the moment it is displaying flashing neon signs about Scotland and Scottishness. Some of them say We [heart] Walter Scott, We [heart] Robert Burns, We [heart] Parsimony…
Here is the other horserider statue – I didn’t go investigate to see who he is. No doubt he is jealous of the Duke of Wellington and wishes someone would put a traffic cone on his head:
Our garden was very pretty in the snow:
There was enough to make a snowman!
Inside, we are cosy and warm. I have so much enjoyed playing with the rats and getting to know them. It’s hard for me to get good photos, but in this one, you can perhaps see that Caspian is very relaxed, his eyes are half shut:
Tilly loved the snow and clamoured to go out in it. She pounced on it, and enjoyed wading through it (it came up to her belly). But she was spooked by the snowman. Mostly, though, she has been inside:
My Oregon cardigan is progressing, slowly. Here is the ribbing. The photo doesn’t do justice to the beautiful colours but it’s the best I can do in Scottish winter light:
And for those of you who are curious about steeking, here’s a close-up of the central steek. You can see that all colour changes begin and end at the steek. Once the steek is cut, I will pick up stitches to make the button bands, trim all the ends away, and fold the steek stitches back to the inside of the cardigan. The four-stitch wide section is where I will pick up stitches to make the button bands,leaving only two stitches visible on the right side, to match the other two-stitch wide vertical bands of ribbing.
That’s the plan, anyway!
I wish you all a good weekend. Here we have a birthday to celebrate – much excitement!