Monday, October 25, 2010

They lived Happily Ever After.....

My friends and family already know..... but I wanted to share with my blogger friends, as well.
I found a rubber stamp, not too long ago, that said, "They lived Happily ever after.... and then they had to go to work". I loved that, and I put it on the envelope to my son and daughter-in-law (oh joy, I can say that now!!). For, this weekend, they were married.....

The rain was coming down,
but they decided to 'go for it'
and see if we could beat the torrents
which were expected in late afternoon.
So, gleefully, we all set out for
Tilden Botanical Gardens, in Berkeley, CA......
a most perfect place ever......


We ignored the fog and rain, as we climbed higher & higher.



We arrived at the magical place of tall Redwoods,
where it was surprisingly dry and comfortable.
We felt protected as our Son & Daughter sang
and played the songs that they wrote.....
describing their love and journey, to this point.

Now, our tears were adding to the raindrops...



And so, they stood together
with a bouquet, gathered and put together
by Mothers and Sister-in-law


And we wrapped them in a blanket of love,
And they danced with feet so joyous

And then they had to go to work...
(Well, not until today).

We did continue this celebration
in a dry and cozy place
filled with laughter, love, and
many
good wishes.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Fall Stroll around the yard

I thought I would share some of the photos from the extended Summer, that we are having. Certainly, the flowers are growing more pale, yet, they continue to bloom. We have yet to have a hard frost, which, compared to last year,, is an "Amazement" So, take a stroll with me....


The Clematis are showing a bit of 'wear & tear'
but they continue to bloom.
Amazement #1


The Hawthorne Tree is bursting with berries
This is it's third year at our house
but the first real burst of berries.
Amazement #2


The Nasturtiums and "Mums" just keep
coming forth with luscious Fall color


These flowers will adorn my Son's Bride
as he marries his beloved
Joyful Amazement #3

P.S. Working on my Bromeliad.....and I almost had the first wash completed this morning, in class. Hopefully, I can photograph it next week, when the first stage is complete. You can watch this one a 'In Progress".

Monday, October 18, 2010

What is that squirrel clucking about???

A couple of short posts this week..... work is getting done, but early stages are mostly pencil drawings, so will share more later. Instead, I wanted to share my back yard buddies (better known as the local squirrels) that have eaten most of the Russian Olive tree (their personal favorite dining tree). Last week, they were especially loud in the back yard.... and when I looked outside, walking calmly through the yard was the local Fox.



The fox looked well fed and his coat caught the rays of the sun and fairly 'glowed' as he sauntered through our yard. We knew that he was in the neighborhood, but lately he had been frequenting the neighbors back yards, and we had not seen him in quite some time. So, I grabbed the camera (whew... had to run upstairs..and then back down,....) and I only caught the back side of him. Still, it was a nice break from work, and a delight to have him visit (even though the squirrels were not nearly so thrilled..).



Hope your day is a good one.

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Class on Bromeliads

I am currently taking a course in watercolor, painting bromeliads. Since I have been working with mostly colored pencils, lately, I am definitely out of touch with my painterly side. So, I am spending a lot of time practicing my painting strokes, and it's quite a struggle. I found a great Bromeliad to paint.... at the clearance area of Lowe's. There aren't a lot of Bromeliads to be found locally, right now. However, I am thrilled with mine, and I think it will prove to be the appropriate challenge for me.


My "Clearance" Bromeliad and my practice sheet



Up close and personal on the practice sheet.
Yikes, my painting needs work.
I want to just start over with colored pencil...



Arches 140 #, Hot Press paper
and a good #6 watercolor brush
and practice, practice, practice.....

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Nature's Bounty

The weather is changing rapidly. Believe me, I am not complaining, because at this time last year, we had inches of snow on the ground and it never let up until May..... but Fall is definitely in the air. Today is a cloudy and cool day..... and there is talk of frost in the coming week....so we picked the pumpkins last night. I will have so much fun arranging and sketching, and then, hopefully, eating these delicious treats of nature.

Just thought I would share the photos with you before I wash them up and cut a bit more of their vines. Enjoy your bounty.... what ever it may be.


What a bountiful year of Curcubita's!



A closer look at all of the goodies!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Redwood Grove

Hi ...... I am shocked at the lack of time I have these days, and that I am hardly getting online to check e-mails, much less, write my blog. With many things tugging at my shirtsleeves, I find that time is a precious commodity right now. So, "Hello" to you.

I am taking a class right now in Bromeliads (most famous..... Pineapple!) in Denver. It is keeping me busy and out of trouble. I will put my homework sheet on the blog, as soon as I take a photo of it. (Oh, how the domino's must fall... to get another blog written).

So, why am I sharing the lovely photos below? Because my son will be married in this Redwood Grove in the very near future and I can't wait. I think that it is the most beautiful of all Cathedrals... and couldn't be a more perfect place for nuptials. I am so thrilled at the choice for this upcoming celebration. So, here it is..... I share it with you in celebration of Nature and love. Both are grand.


The sun peeks through the top of the trees.



What a Majestic place...a perfect spot for a wedding!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

At work this week......

Thought you might enjoy a snapshot of what I have been up to this week. This flower was discovered by me, this summer, at a garden tour. I immediately fell in love with it and tried to find out where to get it (in this particular color of blue). I took a ton of photos and hoped that I could plant it. I discovered that it is called Montana Bachelor's Button (and, no doubt, many other names)......that it is invasive and most gardeners end up not liking it because it takes over.

Well, I still love it.... and I will try to find a spot for it next year. All I could find this year was a purple version... which did not fare well in the yard. The joy of the garden is in the discovery of the next plant you find.....


Montana Bachelor Button
(common name)

Enjoy your weekend!!