Saturday 15 May 2021

New doll for Unicef

When I made the two dolls in February, I prepared three more to be finished later. I think he needs a T-shirt for the Summer! The two other new dolls have some difficulties with their hair, so they will come later.

We have had some unusually warm days this week, and beautiful weather, so we have been taking walks and bird watching. Almost every day we have seen the swan couple with one of them hatching (that would be the white plastic bag in the bushes) and the other one having breakfast in some other pond where the water looks more fresh.

Gagea lutea (käenrieska), a beautiful little wild spring flower.

Maple trees are in full bloom here now. When we moved in, all trees were bare of their leaves so I don't really know what some of them will look like when they get their leaves. Most of them are recognizable the year round, but especially young trees may all look the same when they have no leaves.


Saturday 1 May 2021

Bird watching and knitting tiny sweaters

Once again I have a couple of Unicef dolls coming. This is the first one almost finished, a little boy doll for a little boy.

I knitted  this sweater to use up some yarn that was not so nice for socks or mittens. It is waiting for a girl doll to get some hair and the rest of her clothes.

On nice days we have been bird watching and met some new birds. This is a male Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula (telkk√§). We met in April for the first time. 

The other end of his pond was still covered with ice.

On today's walk we met some punk birds I had never met before. They had like brown hair standing upright on top of their head.

According to our books and the internet, they are Horned grebes, Podiceps auritus (mustakurkku-uikku), and there was another couple on the same pond. 

And finally another bird we didn't see near our old home, an Eurasian wigeon, Mareca penelope (haapana).

If you missed our local swans, here they are from an earlier walk. One is hiding behind the other.

Today they were having lunch near their nest so I didn't want to disturb them by taking photos.