Saturday, August 10, 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019


Not sure how that happened.  It feels like we were celebrating the Fourth with friends just last week

Here are a few of the new bunnies I have been making to wish all hares and rabbits!

 I have a very few day lilies that have not been scarfed up by the deer.  These are two of my favorites.  They have been sprinkled liberally with chili pepper dust.

I think this Oriental Alba is a surviver from the red beetle infestation of a few years ago.  It's tucked away next to the house.  It's probably a bulblet from the original plant.  The scent is wonderful.

And last, 'the littlest sunflower' or 'the little sunflower that could.'  It's growing next to a dead tree stump.  Obviously a bird feeder surviver!

Even though it was late getting started we are now enjoying summer.

Pottery, pool and popsicles!  That's the ticket!

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Friday, July 19, 2019

You Can't See Mee!

Ringo has no concept of his own size, 12 pounds and lots of floof.  Last night he crawled under the protective sheet of tyvek I have under the litter box. 

Head hidden, cat gone.  Is this a reverse Cheshire Cat?

He does this a lot.  His favorite spot is under my wing chair.  I still find it odd to see that the base of my chair has grown a tail!

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Sunday, July 7, 2019


They are about a month late, but at last the lilies have started to bloom.

The top photo is a true lily that I have had for many years.  It has survived red bug and caterpillar infestations so it's a real keeper.

I'm not sure where the yellow day lily came from.  I found it in a pot a year ago and stuck it in the ground.  It was just a couple of pathetic leaves so I did not have much hope for it.  It appears to be coming along nicely.  I knew it was yellow, but did not remember that it was double.  Surprise!

This is actually a darker red.  I bought it from Larry the Pond Guy when he was closing his business.  We still miss him.  He was a fount of knowledge on ponds and water plants.  I have yet to find someone in the area who is as knowledgable.

Summer has finally arrived.  We went from early spring temps to summer in the space of two days.  Guess I will open the pool after all.

Toes crossed that all enjoyed a Happy Independence Day!

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Friday, June 28, 2019


The ospreys have built a nest on top of a construction crane by the river in Westerly.  It's a good distance away so I extended my lens to its fullest and then cropped a bit.

In the first photo you can see the adult with the baby behind.  If I had been quick enough I could have shot the other adult bringing food to the baby.

The second photo is a shot of the nest on top the crane.

I have seen osprey nests on telephone poles, and cell phone towers, but this is a first.

Have great weekend, and as always, thanks for stopping by..............*s*

Friday, June 7, 2019


The perennials have been blooming like mad this year.  I think all the rain and the relatively mild winter have had a great deal to do with it.

My poppys are the best they have been in years, helped by the fact that monsoons have not beaten them to a pulp as soon as they bloom.

Columbine and yellow flags are blooming by the pond.  It's a very pleasant place to sit and drink morning tea.  The two oak trees that shaded it are gone, but the swamp maples are big enough to do the job.

Clean up progresses slowly.  We'll  see, grasshopper......

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Spring at Last!

Finally!  After many coy flirtations spring seems to be here.

The hibiscus have been blooming all winter.  It's not quite warm enough to put them out yet, but soon.

Meanwhile my columbine is thriving as is the white bleeding heart.  I just wish it weren't so difficult to transplant.  This one really need dividing, but I hesitate.

The first white violet is a tiny variety that seems to like to hide in the grass.  Shrinking violet?

The white and violet varieties grow all over the lawn.  Some might call them invasive but we do enjoy the way they look.  We also have dogtooth and bird'sfoot varieties, but they are harder to find.

And last, what would spring be without a frog?  We have several, but this fellow likes to pose on the edge of the pond so all can admire him.

My cataract surgery when very well indeed.  I have finally been given the go-ahead to work in my studio and garden.  Of course now that the weather is warm I want to be outside.  I think one reason this feels like it has been such a long haul is that I had to postpone the original dates due to a cold that didn't want to quit.  I was particularly incensed because I have not had a cold in years.

Never get too cocky, grasshopper....

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Sunday, April 28, 2019


Gwynneth @ posted a link asking for phots of corners.

This is a quickie taken on my iPad of my reading and drawing corner.  I figured I had better take a picture while it still looked reasonably neat.  I think there are still cobwebs around!

I’ve been away from my blog for a long time.  I have my last cataract surgery tomorrow so I will do a catch up post next week.  Time fugits!

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

So This Is Spring?

I am not a happy camper!  Woke up to snow this morning.  Fortunately it is supposed to be in the 40’s today and mid 50’s with sun tomorrow

We had two of our very big, very dead oak trees taken down recently.  There is lots of wood for next year and a lot of mess that comes with feeling trees.

More yard work tomorrow.

Enjoy the weekend.   Wishing all those who are experiencing extreme weather a good survival.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Plant A Flower?

Yesterday, March 12, was National Plant A flower Day.  To which I say HAH!  The only way I would be able to plant anything is with a pick-axe!

Instead I painted another Brugmansia on another tile.

I am not entirely happy with this.  The angle of the flower looks like it's taking off for outer space.   I also need to blend some of the greens a bit.

Another sunny day and the snow is beginning to melt a bit.  At least it is not as bad as last year!

Yes indeed, these are my flamingoes in a snowstorm exactly one year ago.  Cold comfort indeed.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Flower Friday

Yes, I do know that today is Saturday.  I posted this in Facebook yesterday then got involved in other stuff before posting here.

This is a purchased terra cotta tile glazed in Spectrum #799, majolica white, painted with my own mixed Mason Stains.  It will fire to a hot ^05.

The design is my take on Brugmansia.  I have grown these every summer, except for the last few years due to our caterpillar infestations.  The population crashed, and we have had a few dead trees removed, so we don’t have to be too concerned about branches falling on us.  I am looking forward to warm weather and redesigning the garden to accommodate all the sun we now have.

We’ll see, grasshoppper.........we’ll see..........

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

I planted all the amaryllis in one large planter a few weeks ago.  

They are sprouting nicely with a few potential bud stalks showing.  When I grow new bulbs the bud stalk always comes up first.  When I replant bulbs it’s anybody’s guess.

I had one bloom in July last year.  We’ll see, grasshopper....we’ll see.....

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Sunday, February 24, 2019


This is why I never leave yarn out in the open.  This was a very nice cake that I bought to experiment with bulky yarns.  

Several of the furbies thought it was pretty nice too!

One of today’s projects will be untangling this!  Put it in the live and learn category!

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Found Mug

Not really  found as I have known where I have had it hidden away.  Aloysius knocked it over almost as soon I took it out of the kiln and chipped one of the feet.  It's a prototype so I controlled myself and did not smash it on the floor!

I like the idea and the way the fish curves to fit the form.The rest of it needs work.
    1. The diameter is too small for the height.
    2.  The handle is too close to the mug, need to attach lower and have a bit more negative
    3. Feet work but they don’t feel strong enough visually.

Anything else?  I would love some constructive critique on this.

AQs always, thanks for stopping by...............*s*

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Time Passes

Good things come to those who clean!

A set of shelves needed to be moved so we can get at the overhead pipe that is leaking in the bathroom directly over my studio.  The fix is simple; it’s the getting there that is difficult.  This involved not just cleaning but emptying said shelved.

Et voila!  Way in a back corner I found this little cup (I also found a long lost drill chuck, but that is a tale fr another day.)  I designed it as an experiment several years ago when I was working on gargoyles and mermaids for my neice’s wedding.  At the time I considered it a throwaway, but now I think I want to work on this idea.

It’s terra cotta handbuilt over a balloon, glazed with Andrea Gill’s WOM, painted with Mason Stains, and fired to a hot ^05.
I turn off the vent as soon as the kiln trips and let it cool on its own.  Bailey kilns are so well insulated that I never have a problem with cooling too quickly.

It doesn’t seem possible that January is almost done.  Since Groundhog Day (Candlemas) is the midpoint of winter I have decided that my year is beginning now.  Resolutions anyone?

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Hares and Rabbits

Never a Christmas morning,
Never the Old Year ends,
But Someone thinks of Someone,
Old Days, Old Times, Old Friends.

Best wishes for a peaceful, joyful and happy New Year.

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