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Saturday, June 17, 2017


A small town in the Alentejo of Portugal
known for fine needlepoint rugs and tapestries. 

The traditional cross stitch method, embroidered onto a canvas frame is what makes these pieces of art so unusual.  Surprisingly enough they are very sturdy and long lasting. 

Arraiolos is located 13 miles north of Evora and 80 miles east of Lisbon.

Images from the very small but very excellent Museum in Arraiolos. 

Designs and color combinations are endless.

These beautiful rugs have been woven since the 16th century. 

A very large rug brought in for repairs. 

Speaking of repairs.

While visiting Portugal almost forty years ago, we purchased this Arraiolos rug. 

It was custom made for a very long hallway in our previous home.  

If you look closely you will see that it is now cut into two halves. 

I cut the middle out of the rug.  
It was a certain color of wool that didn't hold up to the heavy hall traffic.  

The rest of the rug is still in great condition
(remarkable after so many years). 

I will have the two pieces bound and will enjoy them for a few more years. 

These fellas are willing participant.  

Making the famous Arraiolo rugs and tapestries is a cottage industry.  

Almost all of the 30,000 inhabitants of Arraiolos are involved in the making of these beautiful rugs. 

While visiting this Spring we purchased the above rug.  
Unlike other rugs these are easily folded into a suitcase. 

And that is why we traveled to Portugal.  
We needed a new rug.  

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a great week ahead.  

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


Friday, June 2, 2017

Never give up.

How many times will a garden freeze before the Gardener gives up.

My "Sensation" lilac froze this year but surprised me and rewarded me with a few second blooms.

Orchids will always reward you.  Good light and a little water is all they need. 

The snow is still deep on Horseshoe Mountain Ridge...
it will be a good watering year.   

My daisies are back after almost being wiped out last year by an overly zealous helper who tried to get rid of dandelions.

A new color of Foxglove? 

Our little town celebrated Heritage Days this past weekend.  

Many people came and bought.  My hand painted and simple bowls are still a favorite.

How is your garden growing?


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Evora, the romantic City of the Alentejo, Portugal.

Evora is the capital of the south central Alentejo region.

Go to the hilltop 
Everything is close by. 

The Cathedral, a fortress-like structure, was founded in the early 12th Century.  

 The Pousada Convento de Evora, was our first night stopover. 
Located east of Lisbon, it is an easy 2 hour drive.  

The Roman Temple, almost touching the convent, was built in the 1st Century A.D.

On the right, Evora's Roman Temple as it appeared in a 1865 sketch.

Our breakfast table and looking towards the alcove which was set for a delicious and abundant breakfast every morning. 

Every Pousada of Portugal proudly displays artifacts from the past.  

So much of the old and historic has been honored while guests enjoy every comfort. 
Every single space has been renovated to a standard of the highest luxury. 

Courtyard of the Convent Evora

For someone, like me, who drools over every piece of hand painted ceramic, Evora is the place to be.

Cobbled streets, chestnuts roasting, picturesque squares, artisan shops medieval streets, chapels, convents, churches, palaces, cafes, restaurants and bars are all part of this beautiful city.

To see Portugal by car is the best way to get acquainted with its friendly people and beautiful and unspoiled countryside.  

Wishing you a great week. 

It's snowing here and it's the middle of May.  


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fashion Police

What you don't know about me. 

You don't know what I wear in my garden.

It's not what you think.

I garden in silks. An ankle length frilly silk skirt to be precise.  

Can you guess why?

When the wind blows just a little or a lot, the silk flutters in the breezes...
and scares the mosquitoes away.

What do you wear when you garden?   

Have a fabulous Sunday, dear Friends, 


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday morning is for taking it easy.

My little corner of the world. 

Where Sky and water meet as one. 

Where Spring is late this year. 

Where Blintzes rank supreme on Sunday morning.

And little errant tulips, when gathered together, make a big splash. 

That is how we celebrate Sunday morning. 

Wishing you a most wonderful and peaceful Sunday. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

We are celebrating

All of Spring City, Utah is celebrating because 

Heritage Day is just around the corner. 

Every year, at the end of May, our little town celebrates Heritage Day.

Many of our historic homes are open to the public. 

So are the many Artist Studios. 

My studio will be open.

Everything from tiles to plates to bowls to murals will be for sale. 

And, as I have done every year, I will demonstrate the art of maiolica painting. 

 A method of painting, on tin glazed ceramic tiles,  which has not changed in the last 600 years. 

Why not join us? 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

A little Sunday morning quiz

What do you think?

Can you identify this pink flower?

Happy Sunday to you all. 


Thursday, April 20, 2017


Confection, as in Architecture

Bussaco Palace was designed by Italian Architect Luigi Manini (1848-1936) 

Palace Hotel do Bussaco is located in Luso, Portugal, a short distance from Porto, Portugal. 

We drove through Portugal this past late March and early April,
the perfect time to visit Portugal.

We travelled from Pousadas to Castles to Convents.  All transformed into beautiful and luxurious hotels. 

The People of Portugal so welcoming. 

Deep in the Forest stands Bussaco Palace surrounded by a magical forest.  

A forest with a collection of 700 varieties of trees including 300 exotic species. 

A Palace of extraordinary beauty.

A place where you will feel like a princess 
(or a Prince).


You may choose from sixty rooms.


Interior and Exterior walls are covered with large Azulejo tile murals. 

Azulejos are hand decorated, tin glazed earthenware tiles.

The technique of painting on tin glazed ceramic tiles was first introduced to Portugal by Italian Potters in the late 16th century, 
where they are known as painted in the Maiolica style. 

No architectural detail was left uncarved. 

Breakfast and Dinners are served in this large and very ornate dining room.  

The same technique of painting with color pigments onto ceramic tiles is known in Italy as  Maiolica

These ceramic tile panels were painted by 
Jorge Colaco (1868-1942) depicting scenes from Portugal's colorful maritime history.  

The very same technique of painting on tiles is still being used today. 

The only part that has changed is that kilns are now powered by electricity rather than wood. 

It makes it so convenient.  I don't have to wait
6 months to see how my ceramics turned out.  
All it takes is 30 hours from firing to cooling.  

Have a great week dear Friends,