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Friday, August 7, 2020

Apricots

 Hanging in the tree yesterday morning. 


Made into Apricot Preserves this morning.  



There is only one tree in this valley which bore apricots.  All others froze, including mine.  



Apricots make my favorite preserves. 
I asked around, even on Facebook. 

Low and behold, only a street away, my good friend M'lisa has an old Apricot tree and it is loaded with apricots.  

It pays to have good friends.  Cherish them as long as you can. 

Gina 

 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

A Fire in the nearby mountains


 changes color in the valley.
It bathes everything in a special light. 



Even simple things take on more importance.



Little flowers glow in the light. 



Open fields are greener.



Old does not look quite so old. 



Even one lonely hollyhock, growing through a crack,  is bathing in the sun.

The fire is almost out, they say.  

Have a safe and happy week, 
Gina



Friday, July 31, 2020

Beauty Trick


Need a color lift? Paint a Lamp shade.




I have painted every one of my lamp shades. Either on the inside or on the outside. 




 All of my wall colors have been painted with at least 3 different colors.  One on top of the other, leaving open spaces for each individual color to shine through.







I always begin with a color that is darker and livelier than the end result should be. The adjustment is made with the next two color applications.






The walls are glowing. The mood of the room has changed. And  with a flick of the  switch  complexions improve. 





Peach, Umber and Terra Cotta.  One coat of paint on top of the last.






Faces soften,  lines  disappear and the sun is always shining.



Wishing you a safe and happy  rest of the week. 


Gina



Tuesday, July 28, 2020

It is Rolly Polly Time



Or if you are more sophisticated you might call them 
Ronde de Nice. 

The perfect Summer squash.
They are good when golf ball size or even a little larger.  
  You can almost watch them grow. 




 But first I will collect a few blossoms and fry them covered in beer batter. 




What makes Ronde de Nice so perfect is that the entire vegetable can be used.  The skin is soft and when young, seeds are not developed. 

The yellow squash in the back is also a Rolly Polly, only this one is now too old to eat but is perfect for saving seeds.




Squash bread is delicious and 




so is squash soup.

Ronde de Nice are prolific growers. Soon I will be putting them up on Main Street.
If you're lucky there may be a few waiting for you. 

Have a wonderful week and be safe,
Gina


Sunday, July 19, 2020

I know, I know.

It is a weed.


But I watched it grow...right after the snow melted.  
It looked so interesting, so promising, so sculptural. 




Sleet and snow and heavy winds couldn't topple it.  





Now a new one is growing. 
Shall I let it continue to grow?  My friends are shaking their heads. 
I'm told that it is a noxious weed.  




Germans call it Königskerze
(King's Candle). 
What do you call it?

Stay safe and be well dear friends, 
Gina 


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Color, Color.

Everywhere.


Salpiglossis, Nemesias, Skyblue Petunias and Poppies are blooming in my Garden.  

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, 
Gina