Bracklinn Falls, Callender

On Saturday, we headed to Bracklinn Falls. It’s a loop trail that gets steep and is a hike, but the falls are visible just 1/3 of the way in. We stayed in that area and Honey geocached while I photographed the water, then we sat by the falls for a while. As I sat on the rocks with the steady stream rushing by me and bringing by thoughts here, to the present, I felt safe on my island surrounded by trees and hills and reflected that this is the type of setting where I feel most at home*. I can’t wait to visit with the littles of the family- none of the youngest 5 have ever been! 

*Maybe I’m really a dobsonfly, meant to live by the wooded streams. Their larval stages, hellgramites, prefer the highly oxegenated waters of quickly flowing and rocky areas, the same areas that soothe my senses. 

Jewel-Toned Stripey Scarf

When Honey and I ran errands on Saturday, I saw this scarf in a charity shop window. I asked inside for the price, and before I even heard the ‘¬£2.99’, I knew I was taking it home. 

I washed the scarf on Sunday and couldn’t wait to iron before wearing it to work today.  The jewel tones means it will match nearly everything I wear. Yay. 

Dehydrator Cookies

I made delicious, chewy cookies that looked like this. I thought of them as human scooby-snacks. Using the coconut flour with the almond pulp was based on my cupboard but it turned out to be perfect. They reminded me of the coconut caramel from caramel delights Girl Scout cookies, so I’m planning that!

I don’t have a cookie press, so they were supposed to look like this:

I’ll definitely make a double batch next time because these were gone in a few days. Here’s the recipe from Excalibur Dehydrator’s instagram:

Spring 

The clocks changed this weekend, we welcomed friends to the area with a hike in the sunshine, and it’s time to crawl out of the cave*. 

‘now winging selves sing sweetly, while ghosts(there and here) of snow cringe; dazed an earth shakes sleep out of her brightening mind: now everywhere space tastes of the amazement which is hope

gone are those hugest hours of dark and cold when blood and flesh to inexistence bow (all that was doubtful’s certain, timid’s bold; old’s youthful and reluctant’s eager now)

anywhere upward somethings yearn and stir piercing a tangled wreck of wishless known: nothing is like this keen(who breathes us)air immortal with the fragrance of begin

winter is over–now(for me and you, darling!)life’s star prances the blinding blue’

~e.e.cummings 

*Photo from Sunday’s wander through the Darn Walk, Bridge of Allan. 

Crochet Unicorn

One day at work, a group of us ended up getting into a conversation about unicorns. A colleague said something that we all responded to and the conversation amused me as I reflected on it later. I love my workplace. 

I decided to make one colleague his own pet unicorn because I thought it would make him laugh and smile. I searched for yarn in my stash that would work. Finding the right colours in the same thickness was the challenge, but I finally hit on it. I used this pattern and brought the happy unicorn in to the office on the following Monday. 

Making the unicorn reminded me of how much I love making small surprises for people. With the backlog of crafting I feel I have, I had forgotten that. 

Forgotten Photo Friday: The Eden Project

Ever since the Eden Project opened in the 1990s, I’ve wanted to visit. Honey and I visited in August 2013. I was disappointed that my photos didn’t capture its beauty and I couldn’t describe how happy the experience made me, so I didn’t blog about it. It’s time to fix that.

The Eden Project is worth all the hype. Every single drop. It’s amazing. Truly.

The Eden Project | Riotflower's Realm

The Eden Project | Riotflower's Realm

The Eden Project | Riotflower's Realm

The Eden Project | Riotflower's Realm

The Eden Project | Riotflower's Realm

The Eden Project | Riotflower's Realm

The Eden Project | Riotflower's Realm

The Eden Project | Riotflower's Realm

Forgotten Photo Friday: Bude, Cornwall

While camping in Devon, we headed to a Cornish beach for the day. Bude had great reviews and was a quick drive. While it’s not the type of beach that you’d go to in order to sit on the sand and wade into the waves (it’s a surf beach and when the tide is out it’s about a half-mile walk between the dry sand and the water, it’s a nice place for a seaside walk.

We geocached around town and the library housed a book geocache. My favourite thing about Bude though was the Victorian sea pool that they have. It’s beautiful.

Bude Beach in Cornwall | Riotflower's Realm

Bude Beach in Cornwall | Riotflower's Realm

Bude Beach in Cornwall | Riotflower's Realm

Bude Beach in Cornwall | Riotflower's Realm

 

Fudgesicles, Vegan (and Sugarfree)

A character in a book I’m reading bought a pack of fudgesicles, so I began craving them. 

‘No biggie’, I thought ‘be logical’. And so I was. I came home, grabbed some ingredients, put them in the power blender, and created the perfect vegan and sugarfree fudgesicle!

1 can of full fat coconut 

2 mejool dates

2-3tbs cocoa powder.