Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
John loves to sit by the bird feeder. Well, he actually loves to try and catch the squirrels and chipmunks that come to eat the seeds on the ground. The squirrels are a little too quick for him, and the chipmunks run into the christmas tree. John won't go all the way in, but he'll climb partway in, and leave his hind end sticking out. Maybe that's why he's looking a bit disgruntled!
The may apples were unfolding their umbrella leaves. They poke up through last year's dead leaves, then slowly spread open. They'll begin blooming in a couple of weeks - a white flower hanging under the leaves, which ripens into the "apple" later in the summer.
Cris and I worked on a metal project, from a book by Mary Hettmansperger. We hadn't tried anything like this before - I'll post some photos of the finished project soon. It involved lots of hammers and other implements of destruction, including fire!
We cut the pieces, forged the edges with the hammers, and used the torch to color the brass and copper. Then we wove with wire and beads - Cris made a little wall hanging, and I made mine into a book necklace. John helped, then, overcome with exhaustion, took a nap under the lamp, one of his favorite places.
Cris and I went to Oberlin during the day, and shopped at the bead shop - always a lot of fun! We also saw a great exhibition at the Ginko Gallery - Rita Buchanan's "A Gardener's Weavings". It was a collection of woven grass cloth, her unique style of weaving with grasses, iris & daylily leaves, stiff stalks and colored twigs. She had items fashioned into boxes, book covers and purses, and tapestries and wall hangings. It was inspirational, and of course quite lovely.
Later Cris and I hiked the trail at Hampton Hills, looking for wildflowers. The dog-tooth violets were in full bloom, everywhere we looked. If you look closely, the yellow flowers are scattered throughout the green on the hillside next to the trail. It was beautiful.
Cris and I also went to NatureRealm, where we looked for the brick that Kathy, Cris and I commissioned for our parents last year for their 67th anniverary.
The tiny little blue flowers are growing in the lawn. We took a drive through the Cuyahoga Valley, and came upon this drift of narcissus in the woods. They smelled heavenly! They are intermingled with daffodils, which were just about finished blooming. This was the site of a nursery back in the day, and they must have planted lots of bulbs, which have continued to naturalize and spread through the woods.
Early morning shadows on the moss. This is Mom's side yard - no leaves on the trees, yet. In Washington, our leaves were mostly out, so I was surprised by bare naked trees.
John was happy for the attention, and decided he liked having his photo taken. It feels so good!
The daffodils and Grecian windflowers were among the flowers blooming in the garden.
Airborne at 6:00 AM on my way to Ohio. Once we're up above the clouds, Mt Rainier looms pinkly in the sunrise. What a sight with Mt St Helens smoking quietly in the background. Below you can see Mts Hood, Adams, St Helens and Rainier under the wingtip.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
What - no photo again? Well, it is the last day to finish taxes.....
Saturday, April 14, 2007
These bright red rhodies are the first to bloom in our neighborhood. They're so vivid it was hard to show it in the photo! There is a pair that reflect beautifully in the pond along our driveway. My favorites are still the pale pink natives, but they will bloom much later.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Thursday is art day at Carol's, and her magnolia, which had been threatening to bloom for weeks now, finally opened. They're a beautiful creamy pale yellow, with the branches still bare.
Second Wednesday of the month - Guild Meeting. On the ferry crossing to Mukilteo, the mountains were just crystal clear, even though the sky had high cloud cover. Someone was feeding the seagulls from the upper deck, and they would glide out occasionally so I could see them from where I was on the car deck. It was a fun challenge to catch one in front of Mount Baker, with Hat Island on the left.