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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mon Bouquet du Jour



And a little quiz.


This bouquet is made up of 3 different flowers. 





There is the Forget-me-not.

Can you identify the rest?


Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Remember, Life is short try to live it to the fullest. 

Gina 


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Friends are coming for the weekend.




Rain is predicted.


I was getting the survival basket ready for the guesthouse...it hadn't been on the bench for two seconds, when Pasha claimed it. 
He is supposed to be an "outside" cat.  He pounces on every opportunity to be with "his people".  





The old bread dough trough holds old and new magazines.





Clouds are gathering for more rain.
Our guests might want to spend a little time relaxing and reading. 






Books can keep us company.






No matter how many times I have read them, there is always something new to discover. 





I try to have books which might appeal to everyone.






You have probably read all of them.





This is one of my favorite short reads. 





There is no end to the variety.





Some old books  are always full of "new ideas". 






A book here and there for the child in us. 





A book of Poetry by the bedside is a must. 






Dreaming of far-away-places is part of a visit.  





This book will keep you entertained for days. 






Are you sure you know Shakespeare?






And, there should be fresh flowers.  

Have a great weekend my dear friends, 

Gina 


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Serendipity




It happens to me all the time.


Look at that Patina!
On the blue-green candles. 





To make candles more special I often apply gold leaf to them. 







 This time I added gold leaf to the lower half of a dark blue candle.  And added a few dried flowers to the middle. 






I wrapped the candles, two at a time,  into clear plastic and tied them with ribbons, ready to give as gifts. 

And then I forgot about them. 

The gold turned into this fantastic textural blue. 

Even if I tried I don't think that I could duplicate the magic. 

Wishing you a magic and happy Mother's Day day.  

Gina 






Saturday, May 2, 2015

Pansies




There are Pansies


and then there are pansies.






like these








and these that have charming names. 








like Lavender Shades.







or Chianti.





and then there is Frizzle Sizzle.






Or is it Sizzle Frizzle.









Get on out and look for some,

they will make you happy. 

Have a great weekend. 

Gina 



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Something Old and something New




Just because it's old and just because it's new.



An old book with forgotten but now new ideas
 and a new platter with a very old  design.




A very large Platter just out of the kiln this morning. 





In a few weeks Heritage Day Celebrations will take over our town.  


Visitors come from far and wide.  

Many Artists will participate.  

Some of the proceeds will go to the renovations of our historic Spring City School.  

Hope you are having a great week.  

Thank you for stopping by.  Your visits are always so appreciated..  

Gina 


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Rain, lots of it, finally.



No snow this time. Hallelujah 



Calves are becoming independent.







The Pond is overflowing, the extra water is irrigating our dry pastures.  






Daffodils are still going strong. 







Will you join me for a little quiz at the end of this post?









My greenhouse is holding little seedlings waiting for the weather to improve.  






My Oleander tree is making a comeback. It's been in the greenhouse all winter.  I have given it copious amounts of water this year.  What a difference that made.  






Little lambs don't mind the rain, their woolly mothers keep them close.  




Now, here is the Quiz.



You might think that you know this familiar flower.  







It's the growth habit that might confuse most gardeners.  

I purchased this particular plant more than forty years ago. 
I started with one plant and now I have only one plant left.

I was successful in propagating it before and I will do it again.  

Have a great weekend my dear friends. 

Gina 





Tuesday, April 21, 2015

French Sorrel is at its finest right now.




After several false starts...


Spring has officially arrived in our neck of the woods. 






How do I know?  It's when French Sorrel begins to grow in my garden.







Now is the time to pick the tender leaves for a delicious Spring salad. 


There is no recipe.  It's whatever is growing in the garden. Young  French Sorrel (Sauerampfer as I know it) leaves, chive blossoms, violas, nasturtium leaves, young sage leaves, horseradish blossoms and watercress from our Spring.  Balsamic vinegar and a good olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste.  Add a few curls of Parmigiano Reggiano. 







It doesn't take long and it will go to seed. 







French Sorrel is a pretty plant in your garden and easily available in most garden shops.








Have a great week my dear 
 Friends, 

Gina 



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