Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments on my post this Wednesday. Although I'm not entirely ready for winter, sometimes you just have to go with it. The sun came out this afternoon and much of the snow has melted already, and so far, no flooding. (crossing fingers) Yay!
Now, I've been on the lookout for enough oakmoss lichen to do some dyeing with but haven't had much luck. I've found a tuft here and there but most of it seems to be higher up in the branches of... pines.... wait a minute!
Why, I have a number of pines just laying in the wood pile, courtesy of the storm! So I said to myself "Self, it's time to get the gathering basket and rubber boots" and out I went. Sadly, Self did not pipe up about gloves or warm socks but I still gathered a good amount of lichen before I sissied out and returned to my post in front of the wood stove.
Oh, look! Fungus!
I gathered enough oakmoss (I guess I'm no rolling stone, huh?) to make me happy. I brought in some needles too, just to enjoy the scent. While gathering I was surrounded by the scent of the pine mingling with the smell of the wood smoke from our fire. When the day comes that we leave this place, that is the smell that will take me back here.
The lichens are now soaking in a jar with some wool, and I hope to show you some natural dyeing results soon. The pines are in our tree pile and will be cut up for firewood eventually. We heat with wood throughout the winter and there is no shortage of downed trees to help keep us warm.
Have a great weekend, everyone. I hope yours is warm and cozy.