Playing this on the first fiddle I bought back in 2008 as I was retiring, I t hought to a leisurely life of fiddling....lol...well I've had some of that anyway. We spent our afternoon meandering through our local wooded wetlands, just watching springtime happen. So I grabbed my cell phone and tried to catch what I could....came home and made a video and needed a tune to go with it...this was all the time I had, and I felt sorry for the old fiddle sitting there in silence so much, so it was his turn to do a tune today.
That was so very good Peggy, for an old cheap fiddle it sounded really good! Your woods are beautiful by the way!
Thanks, Loy! We love it there and try to get a walk out there as often as possible. It's really a beautiful, quiet and inspirational place. I'm gonna try to play that ol' fiddle more than I have in the past...it's aging a little by now and getting better all the time. Have a great day!
Enjoyed listening to this tune, and the slideshow too!
Felt like strolling down the trail...we love to hike. (And, that was one big strange spider on the treetrunk! I've never seen one of those around here.)
I'm guessin' it was one of the wolf spider varieties...at least from what little I know of spiders, i believe the ones around here that look like a tarantula or some giant human eater are usually wolf spiders. Mike and I had just gone back to that little patch of woods without the dogs and with sandwiches and coffee to try to relax a little bit and have lunch right there on a fallen tree trunk. As we sat down i looked at the perfect little hole in the bottom of the beech tree beside me and said to Mike, "Wonder who lives there?" Just then the spider popped out...lol. I hurried and grabbed my phone to get a photo. Spider popped inside and back out several times as we sat there for about an hour. I figured I should get a photo of the hole it lives in too after that. I think it's supposed to be the females that hang out in holes and under rocks in the woods in the spring (where the men-folk spiders go at that time is a mystery to me...lol...but I don't claim to know anything about spiders), and then in your house in the fall, it's supposedly the males that pop out from cracks in the floors or underneath stuff and surprise you and scare the daylights outta you when you weren't ready for that...lol...and why I shake my shoes before putting them on in the fall. I might have that all wrong...don't quote me, but at least that's my thoughts on the life of these amazing spiders...somebody with a biology degree might wanna come along here and straighten me out, but until then, I'll just go along thinking the way I do now...lol. They are amazing and beautiful creatures.
Nice playing Peggy, that’s a good tune, the fiddle sounds fine, and I enjoyed the pictures. At 224 in your video, the little wildflower there, we call those Trout Lily’s, but ours are yellow. I didn’t know they could be white. Do you have yellow ones also? Do you know them by that name, or am I mistaken about the whole thing?
Thanks, Randy. Yes we call them trout lillies and they are mostly yellow...this area where we were walking had mainly white ones, though...I think the white ones are supposed to be considered sort of rare, but they were all over in this little patch of woods.
We've lived here 32 years now and never knew about a natural wetlands area here until recently...it's really beautiful there and we've spent as much time as possible getting out there.
Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 04/18/2022 05:41:52
Wow, they should be protected.
The little wetlands patch we saw them in is sort of a local secret...lol...not many people know of its existence, and so people just don't go and hike there. Hopefully everything there will stay protected...we lived here over 30 years before we found out about it, and we're not telling anybody...lol...except trusted fiddle friends, and I didn't tell the exact location anyway.
Thanks for all the info about the spider, Peggy! Really interesting!
I sure enjoyed seeing the great pictures of your neighborhood. I hope to see some flowers here as soon as the snow drifts melt. The trees should start budding any month now
Rock the Cradle Joe is a favorite tune of our local jam. I introduced the tune to the group (I was playing banjo) a few years ago and it gets called every time we play "D" tunes. Our versions of the tune isn't the same but both are enjoyable to play and listen to.
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