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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Back from beautiful Italy

Will share soon

Jet lag gets tougher as you get older.  

Have a great weekend dear friends. 


Monday, April 11, 2016

I have the Wanderlust

Leaving Home

Leaving my mountains to the East

And leaving my mountains to the West.

The Squash and Potato patch will have to wait. 

The kitchen garden in front of the barn is lying fallow.
The flower beds will also have to wait. 

Blue skies and a promise of blossoms, left behind.

Leaving my pond and all the critters that call it home.  

All for a small corner of Italy. 

Back Soon

Be well. 


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Mon Bouquet du Jour

Just picked

My suitcase is packed.

My Daffodils will go on blooming without me. 

Have a great weekend dear friends. 


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Mein Sonntag Strauss

My first Daffodils

and many Hellebore in my garden.

By the time I get back from Italy my field of Daffodils may not be blooming anymore.

I will have missed the entire show.

I don't know if that is an acceptable trade-off.

Have a great week dear Friends.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Just another morning

at my house.

Now that the ice has left we can let the spring fill our pond again.

Snow on Saturday covered the only flowers I have blooming in my garden.  

They have frozen before, yet Hellebore always come out looking great.  

This time of year my flowers have to come from the store. 

You can just see the table to the left.  That is where I sit and paint. 

Montgolfiere tiles for a new side table...just out of the kiln. 

A couple of weeks ago my old orchids were throwing new spikes.  
They have now opened fully and even surprised me with a new color. 

All reservations have been made. 

 Soon I will spend the day with Maestro Mario of Montelupo, Italy.  
We will paint. 

When not painting or sight seeing I will learn how to make proper home made pasta at the 
Relais Sant'Elena, Bibbona, Tuscany, Italy.  

Wishing you a great week ahead.  


Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter Egg Hunt

Happy Easter

How many Eggs?

How many Rabbits?

I will tell you soon.

Have a safe and blessed Easter dear friends.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring, as usual

will be a little late around here.

There are Hellebore blooming in my garden. 
But that is all.  

But there are Cacti blooming in my greenhouse.

I didn't used to like them

I wonder if this big fellow will ever bloom and if so, what will it look like.  

If you take them out of a small pot and move them into a large container, they become giants.  

Like this one.  

It looks like every cabbage seed has germinated. 

The other side of the greenhouse holds my 20 year old geraniums.

Soon my Daffodils will bloom again.  

Then, I will celebrate Spring.  

Have a great week dear friends. 


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What makes these Goose Eggs extra special?


Would you like a dozen or so. 

Lola has just begun laying eggs.
(The egg in front is an ordinary chicken egg). 

No, this is not the story of the "Goose that laid the golden egg." 

You can even paint them. 

Every color of the rainbow if you like.  

Lola and Clyde were a very shy pair when they first came to our pond.  

I would love to watch both of them as parents of a dozen or so goslings.  

But we have a problem, Raccoons will kill her trying to get to her eggs and to her.  

Clyde will try and protect her but he is no match to a raccoon. 

Let me know if you are interested.