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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Look who came by for a visit





Little spooks came by for a visit


Gina




Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Winter Pears


Winter Pears, the finest Pear of them all





Not all are perfect





But then there are the show stoppers.  Indescribably sweet and delicious





Pick them when they're still green





Let them ripen in a bowl, at room temperature





A ripe pear, a well aged hunk of cheese, nothing could be better




We can't eat them all, these are for sharing with friends and visitors




We left a few for you to pick ... at the very top of our tree


Gina




Monday, October 25, 2010

There is still time


Come join us




For an intensive 3 day ceramic tile painting workshop beginning Thursday, November 4, 2010, Ephraim, Utah




This year give Christmas Gifts painted by you in the 600-year old Italian Maiolica Tradition
Once you have learned how to paint tiles you know how to paint bowls, plates, platters and more





Gina
Your instructor

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Our Trees, young and old



Meine Allee ist aufgewachsen



It wasn't so long ago when these 100 trees were little saplings which arrived in bundles of twentyfive





By the lake






The old Chinese Elm, a place for Summer picnics






New Summit Ash, for clothelines to stretch between






We designed our house to fit within the space of 2 old trees, not the other way around






Three old trees stood here.  One was hit by lightning, the other was blown over by the wind and the last tree died of a broken heart.  In their honor we planted three new trees.

All photos taken with a Kodak Easy Share DX7590


Trees
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a Tree.

            Joyce Kilmer

Gina




Saturday, October 23, 2010

I have only one Neighbor




But she is very nosy

Have a great weekend, my dear blogging Friends
Gina

Friday, October 22, 2010

Annuals worth trying


The Big Frost hasn't come yet in my Garden



Cosmos "Seashells" are available in several different colors





Seashells will easily volunteer but do not grow true from seed






Sweet Pea "Wiltshire Ripple" 
Martha Stewart made special trips to England to obtain these seeds.  They are now available by mail order from Thompson & Morgan and several other seed companies.





Snapdragon "Little Darlings" come in glorious colors and sport an open-face habit






Snapdragons take a long time to germinate, so it's best to purchase them as little plants.


Look for them next Spring and enjoy them in your very own garden.

Gina


Monday, October 18, 2010

Simple Pleasures


Happiness is coming home from an extended vacation and finding your Garden NOT FROZEN


I like my carrot juice straight ... straight from the Garden



You can tell how healthy your soil is by the way your carrots grow. These are perfect, so are the rest of the vegetables.




Delicate Nasturtiums still blooming




And Molly Rilestone Sweet Pea, always perfection.


Gina




Sunday, October 17, 2010

Paris


Paris, exciting and beautiful


Our home away from home in Paris;  A cozy and charming apartment on the corner of rue Constance and rue Lepic, 18th Arrondissement, Montmartre.




 A very special meeting with Frederic Almaviva http://almaviva-paris.com/, the charming and oh so talented owner of Atelier Almaviva




A visit to the Museum "Les Arts Dcoratifs" is a must




And so is a visit to a flea market while in Paris.  This one is located at the south end of Metro Line 13, Sundays only.




Versailles, all that glitters, is gold



We enjoyed meeting our friends, Steven and Christine, for our first visit to Versailles.  Immediately, Steven and Gene had to discuss something major, most likely the Origin of Man.

It was wonderful to travel to such exciting places such as Marrakech and Paris but it is so good to be back home. 

Happy weekend my dear blogging friends.


Gina




Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Another Historic Tile Painting Workshop


Come join us at the Traditional Building Skills Institute (TBSI) 3-day Historic Ceramic Tile Painting Workshop




Learn how to paint like this




Or like this




or like this




All is possible


Come join us,  for an intensive 3-day historic tile painting workshop,  in the small and charming town of Ephraim, Utah, held November 4, 5 and 6, 2010. 

We provide all materials. No prior experience necessary. Cost is $300.

For more information please check this link:


Hope to see you there, 

Gina,
Your Instructor


Monday, October 11, 2010

Morocco


Colors, patterns, spices, visual overload, humanity, that is Morocco



One of many beautiful artifacts collected by Maryam for her "Peacock Pavilions"  Riad in Marrakech, Morocco





Peacock Pavilions, a boutique guesthouse, a  peaceful oasis, just outside of Marrakech




One of the Peacock Pavilions'  bedroom walls, stenciled by "Royal Design Studio"




The Medina
Take time to have a fabulous lunch at the "Hotel Restaurant French" You will find it at one of the corners of the Djemaa el Fna.




On the way to the High Atlas Mountains, on the outskirts of a small village, a market day was in full swing.





Put on your glad rags and have lunch at the La Mamounia

After a 3 year renovation, the legendary Hotel La Mamounia has reopened.  It was completely redesigned by Jaques Garcia.  We stayed at the Mamounia 25 years ago.  I liked it better then.  It had more charm.   So much marble this time and so dark. 

I kept falling off and on to the thick carpets.  I did like the six handsome young men, dressed in all white flowing robes, opening doors for me every time I approached.

Next stop Paris

Gina