My favourite flower is the Auricula. The Hellebore is next in line. I love the colours and the mystery that comes with this flower. Some call it the Lenten Rose or the Christmas Rose. Not a Rose actually but from the buttercup family. It has over the years been shrouded in mystery and witchcraft. Much as I like the idea of witches making flying ointment and invisibility powder from the plant, I love that it can mean hope as well. It blooms from beneath the snows of Winter, flowering on dark winter days, reminding us all that Spring is on the way. Hope is very much what is needed at the moment and so I am very happy I have some Hellebores at home in our Winter garden reminding me that within, there is something stronger.
That’s certainly true of me when I’m busy hand making things. I find it equally lovely to sit all cosy with the fire on, listening to the sound of the rain on the windows, or outside in the fresh air with the sun shining. What sunny days we’ve had this summer and autumn too, although…
It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.” – John Burroughs
There are still plenty of places available for the workshops taking place in 2014. Find out more about what you can make for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, or just brush up on your sewing skills.
‘The proof of the Winter Wreath is in the hanging’ to put a topical twist on a very old proverb.
Welcome to my 2020 Advent KAL—short for knit-along—I’ve decided to bring this forward to Thursday 5 November given the impending lockdown. I’m hoping it will be something to help us all look forward!