It was hard to find a good view of it with so many sticks and brambles in the way. In any case, I always think a picture like this is better with sound, and so I took a video of the waterfall flowing over the dam.
If you can't see the video, then click right here.
Tualatin Parks & Recreation has been working for years to restore these wetlands and to repair the integrity of the creek bank. After walking here through season after season and year after year, the improvement we've seen has been significant. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the creek tends to overflow its banks and then floods the park during our rainy season. Recently, I heard a story on NPR about cities that are working to attract beavers back to what was once their natural habitat. Apparently beavers and their dams actually can be beneficial to control flooding. The story I've linked to there actually takes place in the UK, but I know that there are other cities across the United States endeavoring to do the same thing. I mention this only because Sue and I spotted a second beaver dam on the trail yesterday. There is another creek nearby that feeds into Fanno Creek, and I have seen a beaver dam there as well.
So it was beautiful walking along yesterday. Most of the trees have lost their leaves now, and they are lying in piles on the ground. I like the red ones best.
This next image was a large-ish tree covered in pretty red berries. Sue thought this might be Mountain Ash. After looking up that link, I think she's right.
Of course I took pictures of every blooming thing, although at this time of year, not much is blooming. I believe this is viburnum. It was quite fragrant.
Growing right beside it, this rose was blooming.
After our walk, I picked up a few things at the grocery store, as I always do when I'm in town. I was lucky to find some chanterelle mushrooms at one of the upscale markets. We received some red chard in last week's CSA share. When I have red chard on hand, I always look to make Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto. We'll be having that for dinner tonight. Quite a while back, I wrote a little kitchen adventure about the risotto, and you can find the recipe right here. If you're able to find some chanterelle mushrooms, I can promise you it will be seriously one of the best things you ever eat. I'm making myself hungry just writing about it.
When I got home, I continued with my ongoing quest to use the jars of apple pie filling still in the refrigerator by making this apple pie for two. This isn't a good picture, but believe me, it went down just fine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is actually a pie for four...or a pie for two for two nights, which is our favorite way to eat it.
As for the apple pie filling, I'm down to three quarts. I'll be using one of them next weekend when we're expecting a house guest for a couple of days. Sue has offered to take one off my hands as well, and so there will be just one left. Never let it be said that sweet apple pie filling went to waste at the Three Cats Ranch. In fact, just perish that thought for good right now.
This morning I finished up my current hoop's worth of Hocuspocusville. Of the 12 blocks, this one has the most detail and, therefore, the most stitching. I'd say I'm about 60% done at this point.
Now it's hooped up for the next round of stitching.
Today I'm going to get to work on the Happy Village quilt I mentioned in yesterday's post. Also, I'm experimenting with threads for when I quilt the Gingerbread Square quilt next month. I'm looking for a good pearlescent thread to quilt the snow. With that in mind, I recently went in search of something appropriate. I've purchased the smallest spools I can find to see how they perform and whether they give me the effect that I want. I purchased two spools, and then realized I had this one on hand. I believe I purchased this one from Superior Threads, although I don't find a brand name on it.
Technically, these are white metallic threads. It doesn't show in the picture, but they have just a little bit of sparkle to them.
One of the two I purchased was this one from Sulky.
And again, the sparkle doesn't really show up in the picture. It's wound on a small spool, and so that curl bothers me a little. I might need a thread stand for this one to allow it to unwind more on its way to the needle.
The other was this one...and I really didn't know what I was getting with this.
To be fair, it was advertised as being for bobbin work, couching, and serger...none of which have I ever done, and so what do I know? Nothing, that's what.
And clearly, this is simply not going to work for quilting. It's a very heavy thread, almost like embroidery floss.
So I'll put that one in the box with the rest of my embroidery floss. I'm sure I'll use it at some point, but not for quilting.
And all of that thread talk to say that I'm going to spend some time experimenting with some snow motifs I have in mind for the Gingerbread Square quilt and see how these threads do. For that, I'll need to make up a few practice sandwiches. Aside from the risotto, there's really nothing else on the agenda. We're back to rainy weather, and so it's an NBS day (nothing but sewing). Can't beat that.