On my way home from Castlemaine earlier this week I visited all the Op shops, but it was a little disappointing in terms of what I found. I think Op shops are moving to another level somehow, two of them in a local town are now looking very up-market - one has moved to another shop with more space and is very neat and tidy, while the other has everything colour co-ordinated, as if a window dresser had planned it all, and neither now have lovely piles of stuff through which to fossick or treasures to find. There was an article in the paper yesterday about a woman who runs bus tours of Melbourne Op shops, while at the same time complaining that they are becoming more commercial and in competition with other vintage clothing shops, with fewer good pickings........it seems to me she is contributing to the problem...
This huge skein of wool made me smile, so I bought it for a couple of dollars. I think it is wool - as it does not melt when lit, and smells like my carpet if the fire spits an ember and it is scorched. The yarn is a bit coarse for a jumper - perhaps it was for carpet weaving.... but the ball weighs just over 1.1 kgs or more than 2 1/4 lbs. Don't ask me how I might use it - I have no idea, but I'm wondering if it would shrink and felt if knitted.........BTW, those are Maggie's toes on the top step - I did not notice them before, or else I would have cropped the photo.
This is another of my unknown Daffodil varieties, multi-petaled and very fragrant.
The gorgeous thing below is a wood anemone - Anemone nemorosa 'Robinsoniana" tiny, a vivid blue and happily spreading in a patch under some birch trees.
This one is a Paper White, just beginning to bloom now as other varieties are fading. It is also very fragrant.