Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Midweek: wildflowers + the third law + bowties

The eye of the bog

Yesterday we revisited Volo Bog.   It's at the western edge of the county, 28 miles from where we live.   

Pitcher plant, starflower, orchard grass, prairie groundsel, Canadian anemone, sensitive fern, water arum, vetch, cinnamon fern.  

From the website:  Volo Bog was originally a deep 50-acre lake, with steep banks and poor drainage. The lake began filling with vegetation approximately 6,000 years ago. A floating mat, consisting primarily of sphagnum moss formed around the outside edges among the cattails and sedges. As these plants died and decomposed, the peat mat thickened, forming a support material for rooted plants. 

Volo Bog is significant in that it exhibits all stages of bog succession. A floating mat of sphagnum moss, cattails and sedges surrounds an open pool of water in the center of the bog.

I try to walk for a longer time than it takes to drive.   



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 Newton's Third Law:  for every action there is an equal opposite reaction.   

That certainly applies to stash management!  On the way home from a doctor's appointment (S is doing much better) we stopped at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop.  Three queen-sized sheets and a tablecloth (April Cornell print) for $20.00.  

An entire set of sheets in that orange (brighter in person than in the photo) would not be very restful.  This was just a fitted bottom sheet.

To counteract that acquisition I made another 50 blocks for Cynthia's June block drive and sent them off, along with the previous batch and several backing-length pieces.

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Last evening I made a couple of dozen more bowties.  The plan is to make 120.  I hope this will be the AAUW holiday quilt. 

Linking up with Midweek Makers Wednesday Wait Loss 


  1. Looks like that would be an amazing place to visit. And lucky finds at the thriftie!

  2. What a wonderful place to see wildflowers! I bet it's full of birds and other wildlife. Love your bowtie blocks! Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

  3. It's a shame not to get out while the weather is nice and it looks as if you had a lovely day.

  4. What a beautiful place! and Love how you compensated for your stash acquisition - too funny!

  5. What an interesting location. The "floating mat" of vegetation is kind of amazing. You've been very busy with block making. That is quite a collection of bowtie blocks. Love them!

  6. wonderful wildlife. I'll bet their were birds aplenty too.

  7. bowties looking very good there nann....anxious to see more!


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