Holiday Update

As Santas’ are wrapped and placed into their bins and Christmas garland is hung in the storage closet,  colors of white and red, hearts and love begin to adorn doors and mantels. Valentine’s Day may be a month away but it’s never too early to celebrate!

Valentine's decorations 2020
Valentine mantel decorations
Valentine's Day decorations 2020
Entry door Valentine decorations
Valentine's Day 2020
Valentine wreath
Valentine Day 2020
Valentine shutter

When we moved into our home in 2004 the former owners left a treasure trove of shutters! The green shutters on the fireplace mantel were already painted green!

Valentine Day 2020
Potting Shed door

All I need to do is to walk into the woods behind our home to cut down grapevines and create wreaths, hearts and garlands.

As always, thank you for stopping by!

 

 

Letting Go of Christmas

Most people count down the days until Christmas, I on the other hand count the number of days I have until the last decoration is placed gently into it’s designated bin. As of today I sit have one tree fully decorated and floral and pine accents adorning the house. From year to year I usually follow a set pattern for decorating relying on photographs of past Christmases to help my memory.  This year  I chose to mix it up. I tried to create vignettes that would gracefully flow into a winter theme. I found the most challenging aspect of this holiday season was NOT buying into the year-end treasure trove of holiday decorating sales. I’m still visualizing the white pine bough garland that I could have bought for $6.00 a bough to change next year’s theme. But alas, storage eventually becomes a challenge!

THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!

Christmas 2019
Welcome, Come in…
Christmas 2019
The door into the dining room
Christmas 2019
Walk through the door into the living room
Christmas 2019
The fireplace mantel and living room tree The door on the right leads in to the master bedroom
Christmas 2019
The master bedroom
Christmas 2019
Upstairs guest bedroom
Christmas 2019
Upstairs guest bedroom
Christmas 2019
Family room Christmas tree – Tinsel and vintage ornaments
Christmas 2019
Santa’s workshop

 

The Last of the Winter’s Snow

It began as dusk descended, as fine as the sand on a crescent beach

The light from passing cars reflected their crystalline structure

These wind-blown diamonds struck my cheeks It felt as though a thousand pins had assaulted me

Soon the wind died and the snow crystals  were attracted to one another as the north and south poles of a magnet

They cascaded  bumping into one another combining to create snowflakes 

The night was no longer dark – White enveloped the landscape

I awoke to a quiet stillness

snow February 18, 2018

Snow 2 February 18, 2018

Snow 3 February 18, 2018 wind sculpture

Snow 5 February 18, 2018

Snow 4 February 18, 2018

Snow 6 February 18, 2018

 

sunrise snow February 18, 2018

Kaleidoscope

From the moment they emerge and unfurl their wings their symmetry is unmatched

Whether muted or vibrant colors the intricacy of design is mesmerizing

I am always drawn to these gentle creatures

The following photos are of those who settled just long enough for me to capture the memory

MOTHS

Pandora Sphinx July 4, 2017
Pandora Sphinx July 4, 2017
Eight Spotted Forester moth August 15, 2017
Eight Spotted Forester moth August 15, 2017
Unknown moth August 20, 2017
Unknown moth August 20, 2017
Ailanthus Webworm moth August 24, 2017
Ailanthus Webworm moth August 24, 2017
Unknown moth October 21, 2017
Unknown moth October 21, 2017

BUTTERFLIES

Tiger Swallowtail May 24,2017
Tiger Swallowtail May 24, 2017
Spicebush Swallowtail June 4, 2017
Spicebush Swallowtail June 4, 2017
Great Spangled Fritillary July 1, 2017
Great Spangled Fritillary July 1, 2017
Question Mark Butterfly August 15, 2017
Question Mark Butterfly August 15, 2017
Hackberry butterfly September 19, 2017
Hackberry butterfly September 19, 2017
Cabbage White butterfly October 18, 2017
Cabbage White butterfly October 18, 2017
Monarch butterfly October 18, 2017
Monarch butterfly October 18, 2017
American Painted Lady October 21, 2017
American Painted Lady October 21, 2017
Buckeye butterrfly October 21, 2017
Buckeye butterfly October 21, 2017
Alfalfa butterfly October 21, 2017
Alfalfa butterfly October 21, 2017
Pearl Crescent October 21, 2017
Pearl Crescent October 21, 2017

I wonder who 2018 will bring to this space?

If anyone knows either of the two unknown moths please help me!

 

 

A Walk Beyond the Garden

The garden has become familiar.

I know it’s rock walls, the plants who have made it their home.

I’ve shared it’s life, death and rebirth cycles.

Today I walked beyond it’s boundaries and this is what I saw…

A local CSA, Terra Fauna, had planted a plot of Indian corn. Neighbors respect one another and the corn is waiting to be harvested.

Further down the road is the sheep farm. Lambs born this past February and March reach out for freshly cut hay.

Across the street, next to the homestead,

a cow rests in the barn.

Scattered around the property are remnants of farm implements.

Continuing on I pass the silos of a dairy farm. They and the milk tank are all that remain of a once vibrant local industry.

As I make the turn onto Hillside I look back upon  the dairy  farm

and pass homes decorated for Halloween.

My last turn onto Valley View brings my home into view. Once again I will work in the gardens and continue to co-create with Gaia.