Friday 30 October 2020

Morning Walks as Winter Approaches


Rusty Pup Ginger
Ginger has turned out to be the mischievous one
Hole digger
Constant tail wagger
Loud barker
Overwhelming greeter of visitors

Our morning walks are getting colder and colder
I don't like winters
The Rusty Pups love them of course.

Rusty Pup Brandy has turned out to be the quieter one
Though she will follow her sister into any mischief
She just loves being with you
and often stays inside lying at my feet
instead of joining her sister hunting or digging outside

Mushrooms and fungi are a mystery to me
I have friends who hunt them down
who study them
who know which ones are edible or poisonous
I just think they are beautiful.

Some look like they have been baked
like an angel cake!

Others dance with Fall leaves

Some are iconic

Others can be mistaken for the strangest things
This one made me think of air raid wardens helmets
from WI or II comedies
"Dad's Army" anyone?

That is how my mind wanders as we walk the woods!

I hope your walk is a meditation today.

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Not so Blue About Blue Anymore

Had to go buy blue threads

Now I can continue working on my first all blue piece!
I have a problem
Don't like the two rectangles slap bang in the middle there
Need to decide how to eliminate them
That might take some time!

What I do love is the texture created by my couched stones.
There will be more stones

A crowd of stones
in a time of isolation

 Every isolated individual
forming a community.

Where will this piece lead me I wonder
There are several new blue ideas in my head

Hope your day is full of blue skies

Sunday 25 October 2020

Messy Beginnings

Beginnings for me are always a messy business
Boxes are rummaged through
for every potential colour and texture
and there are soooo many!

Fabrics and threads end up piled onto every flat surface
After all any change in colour or texture
affects the whole story.
I am not too precious about my fabrics
Always prepared to cut into them
well....that's a bit of a lie
There are some precious ones!

Friends interrupted my beautiful mess
They came around for a day of discharging
Had to tidy up as best I could
Piled everything on the floor beneath the design wall
'Creativity is not a pretty sight"

When I make a decision to get started
As you can see my starts are usually nothing
like my initial play on the design wall!
Just stitch and the story will start unfolding
But I have to go through that messy initial auditioning.
It's simply how it works for me.

I started by stitching messy shrubs along the water's edge
Didn't like that
Too literal
So then covered the shrubbery in a mass of tree debris.

This is a piece about the Canada that I love
The tangled backwoods
interrupted by hundreds of thousands of lakes and rocks.
Where wildlife can flourish if we don't mess things up.


Wednesday 7 October 2020

Thank You Josie

I'm no gardener
For years my huge flowerbed overwhelmed me
and so it became a jungle of grass and weeds.
Josie came one day to examine a lilac that wouldn't bloom
and to my amazement offered to come and help dig up my flowerbed
She simply loves all aspects of gardening!
We dug up weeds and roots
and rocks galore
Some rocks have had to stay 
because even Handy Hubby could not budge them.
We dug up plants and cleaned their roots
We sifted the soil
We fed the soil with sheep manure
which thankfully the Rusty Pups were not interested in!
We raked and levelled
After a month..... finally...... was time to go shopping!

As Thanksgiving approaches
I am full of gratitude for our friend Josie.
It takes a special friend to come and actually enjoy
helping a non-gardener to tame a jungle!

Thank you also to Joan who was very busy with her own garden
but who helped inspire and shared her plants.

Handy Hubby worked hard too
He replaced all the faded green boards around the front porch.

The flowerbed is kinda protected from wildly interested Rusty Pups!
Rocks are waiting to be placed in the flowerbed.
Mulch will be put down because we all know
I won't enjoy weeding!

What an accomplishment!
Thank you all so very much.

Perhaps now I can stitch again!

Monday 5 October 2020

Early Morning Inspiration

The best start to my days
Early morning walks with Rusty Pups
Always something new to inspire.

On a dewy morning
Spiderwebs billowed in the breeze
throughout the meadow.

Walking with inquisitive pups can be a problem
When one shows an interest in something
Of course the pups want to know all about it
and so
Apologies to any siders who lost their webs.

I reckon some spiders were still working on their skills!

Some were huge and perfectly crafted.

Some were kinda baggy.

Mist was still lingering over the Basin.

 A new day
A new beginning