Friday, September 5, 2014
There's a Kowhai tree down the road that I keep my eye on. When it flowers I know Spring is on it's way. Kowhai (pronounced caw-fi, hear it here) is also the Maori word for yellow. After the tree flowers, it develops woody pods with distinct circular divisions, each containing a hard seed that is also yellow.
The Kowhai is special to me. We chose to give our daughter Kowhai as one of her names. I love the yellow colour of the flowers, especially when they are against the bright blue of a sunny sky.
Yet yellow is the smallest pile of fabrics in my stash. I like butter, daffodils, sunshine and buttercups. Lemons, grapefruit, and fluffy yellow chicks. And now I'm seeing a spring theme to all the things I'm writing down. I think I'm hanging out for some warmer weather and sunshine, but until that happens maybe I can lift my spirits by petting some yellow fabrics instead.