Of Wildflowers and Legends
Another reason to love Texas: Bluebonnets. I think they're actually a little early this year, maybe because of our rash of 80+ degree days the past couple of weeks. But Bluebonnets tell us it's time for the Wildflower Fiber Retreat in Tyler, and that soon, the hillsides around the metroplex will be littered with families and dogs in their Sunday best posing for pictures. In fact, it usually means Easter is not far away. This year the Bluebonnets are early and Easter is later, but no matter - spring is almost here.
The air has gone warm and muggy and the sky hangs heavy with clouds. Rain has been in the forecast since Sunday, but it has yet to materialize. The likelihood increases tonight, though, and I wouldn't be surprised if we don't wake up to wet ground. As much as I hate mud, we need this rain badly. The livestock load on my pasture will increase this year and I need all the grass I can get.
And just now, the sky got a bit darker, as I learn of the passing of a Texas fiber hero, Bill Wyatt of Wyatt Wheel fame. Bill's wheels are gorgeous tools, crafted with the mastery of the woodworker's skill, and they will continue to stand as his legacy for decades to come. I met Mr. Wyatt twice - once at Kid N Ewe in Boerne, TX, and the other time at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival (where he is pictured, teaching a willing learner all the amazing features of the Pegasus). He had a soft, easy way about him that invited you to come, sit, and experience spinning at one of his custom-built Rolls Royce wheels. My prayers and condolences go out for his wife, Lynn and all those around him who loved and were loved by him. Rest in peace, Mr. Wyatt.
Spring is almost here - the time of rejuvenation and rebirth.