Saturday, July 12, 2008

Lady's Mantle with Dewdrops

I love the way the dewdrops collect around the edges of my lady's mantle. I added the postage stamp border with a great free on-line photo editor called Picnik. I am off to recycling. Enjoy your Saturday.

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Design on an old cement pot.

I made the mistake of planting a boxwood in this great old cement pot and it is beginning to explode. I am afraid it will crumble to pieces if I try to repot the shrub. What a shame. I love the design and the way it has weathered over my 30+ years of ownership. Boo Hoo!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Bees are few & far between!

I have a lot of clover on my 2-acre property. I love it. Not many people have it these days since it is considered a broad-leaf weed. Who decided that things with a broad leaf don't belong in a lawn? Do children get to look for 4-leaf clovers these days? That was practically a rite of passage in my childhood.

The landscapers love those "weed and feed" products. Homeowners should take a stand and stop these applications! Or start taking care of their own lawns. I turned mine over to a landscaper last year and it broke my heart. They used those weed whackers around all the trees and injured the bark. I am doing it alone this year (as I have always done in the past) and have never been happier. I don't have a string trimmer...I use the old fashioned kind that you have to squeeze by hand. I once read that the best thing for a property is the footprints of its owner. Words I shall live by! I try to mow in stages so that the few remaining honey bees will stay around. This colony collapse disorder is a huge problem.

Enjoy your day! Over and out.

Content in a Cottage

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Meet Tabitha

She is the best cat in the world. I got her for my mother in December of 2006 from St. Huberts Giralda, the local animal shelter. It was founded in 1939 by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge. I think she loved animals more than people because that's who got the greatest portion of her considerable estate. We looked at 3 previous locations that were having cat adoptions that day but just couldn't find the right one. We should have gone to St. Huberts first but didn't...can't remember why. We got our dog Webster there. Anyway, we looked at almost every available cat and put them all back. I kept avoiding this one because the note on her cage said she had "hairball" trouble. And they had named her BEACHBALL because of her shape. We were given a private room to test out the felines and when one of the workers brought this cat into the room she immediately picked us to be her family. She nestled herself in and started purring. We took her home and have never looked back. Hairballs don't seem to be a problem either. She gets plenty of outdoor exercise on the long walks we take together and she's lost her beachball shape. The new name Tabitha suits her.

I need new friends.

It is official. I need new friends!!! Here are some comments I have received upon showing off my new blog to existing friends and associates.

•What's a Blog?
•Wow, that's the first one I have ever read.
•Where do you find the time?
•Can you help me do one too?
•What's the value?
•Why would I want to read it?
•Who reads it?
•Who took your pictures?
•What site did you use?
•Do other people have blogs too?
•Who taught you how to do it?
•How much does it cost?

So far only four of my old friends have shown any genuine interest...♥Stacey, ♥Kelly, ♥Lynn, and ♥Marybeth. I have a link to Stacey's Blog. See my section called Sites that I Like. She is a fabulous cook and you will love her recipes and dialogue.

My photograph for the day is a bluebird perched on top of a birdhouse on my property. Who took the picture? I did!!! That is the main purpose of this blog. I needed another creative outlet for my photography and this is the perfect venue. I hope you will check in each day to see my new posts.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mowed grass this morning.

Today was perfect for mowing. Overcast and breezy. I was way behind and it took me quite a while to do half of my property. After 3-1/2 hours I decided to call it a day. Plus the sun came out and I was so hot I could die anyway. I have a huge project going with the grass clippings. I normally don't save them in the grasscatcher on my snapper riding mower...but lately I have. I have been spreading them quite thickly in areas with weeds and it is working beautifully. When I bought my first house in 1975, I bought a book called How to have a Green Thumb without an Aching Back by Ruth Stout. I still follow her teachings. Mulch away and don't be afraid to put it on thickly. Grass clippings are the best. Plentiful and free. You practically never have to water anything either. The picture I chose for today's posting is from an antique engraving dated May 1st, 1806. I like this barrow so much better than the orange plastic one in my garage. Actually I hardly ever use it. I much prefer my Garden Ways Cart with the big bicycle first purchase on becoming a homeowner. I put it together myself and it has served me well. I couldn't have collected all those grass clippings without it!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Blue and White Checked Curtains.

I love blue and white checks. The fabric for these curtains has been made and remade 5 times since 1972. They started out life in a New York City walkup on West 74th Street. They covered a large sliding glass door that opened on to a deck. They are currently on a tension rod that fits inside the casement. They are still going strong. Never lined. This woven fabric is only a little faded on the reverse side. I wish I had more for the great price I paid on the Lower East Side. I am always shocked when I see the prices for designer fabric. So I shall be content with what I have!

Content in a Cottage

Monday, July 7, 2008

Fun with Photoshop Elements

This beautiful apple is from an antique natural history engraving dated 1806. I deleted the background and placed it on a one of my leaf studies. Nice, isn't it.

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Leftovers tonight.

Mac and cheese leftovers tonight. Watermelon too. Yum. Easy and quick comfort food.

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Hearts in Nature

This flower was planted by a bird. I once had a feeder hanging over this spot. If you look closely at the center, you will see little hearts. Click on the photo to see a larger image. I did not even notice the hearts when I was taking the picture. I was so surprised to see them when I did my photo editing with Photoshop. Isn't Mother Nature amazing?