here for the Free PDF Download from the Hermès website. Have fun tying yourself up in knots.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Here is a nice little slideshow featuring a collection of LOVE STAMPS from previous years. I don't buy many stamps these days since I learned how to pay my bills online. I've shown my favorite one above. Love Stamp Series Slideshow
"A Group of Tulips" from Robert Thornton's The Temple of Flora published in London in 1799. I scanned this image from the cover of one of my reference books on flower prints from 1799-1900. It's nice to think there are tulips beneath all of this snow that will be blooming in a couple of months.
We had a rather balmy day yesterday with the thermometer hitting 60 degrees. It's cold again today though. I decided to tackle shoveling the snow from my balcony off the living room so I could get to the bird feeder. The snow was over a foot deep and it was wet and heavy because of the melting temperatures. It was a rather difficult task because I had to throw the snow over the railing and it was pretty strenuous. I did it ~ wonder woman that I am. Now I don't have to worry about the melting snow dripping through the floorboards on the patio below and freezing once again. One more job I can check off my list.
Monday, February 14, 2011
"It’s a wonderful book which reaches far beyond recipes (or receipts as they were called long ago) and into the social lives of women, the struggle for equality in regards to learning how to read and write, and the struggle of women to become published authors." via
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Happy Valentine's Day. I took this picture a several years ago and I still marvel at the heart-shaped stamens. This is an actual photo right out of the camera. I didn't even notice the heart shapes until I copied the photos to my computer or I would have taken more. I have never seen another sunflower like this either and I always look when they start to bloom. This one self-sowed and came up near the birdfeeder. Read a previous post about this flower.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
I have always cut my echinacea down to the ground in the fall but now I see the beauty of leaving them untouched for the winter.
Piet Oudolf on Designing a Winter Garden Gardens in winter are typically deemed dormant, but Piet Oudolf believes that they shouldn’t be. Mr. Oudolf, who is Dutch, is the leading exemplar of the new Perennials Landscape Movement, which holds that plants should be chosen for shape and texture more than for color. See his SlideShow via NYTimes
One of Mr. Oudolf’s ideas is that a garden should be designed to have a life throughout the year, not just in the spring and summer. “The garden in winter is an emotional experience,” he said. “You think in terms of decay and disappearing and coming back. You feel the life cycle of nature."
"If you make a four-season garden you have to learn to accept decay and see the beauty of it. It’s about the texture and shape, the seed heads and the skeletons. So instead of using the scissors you use your eyes," said Mr. Oudolf.
This is a miniature Hen on a Nest that sits on my windowsill over the sink. Did you know that genuine milk glass has an orange peel color when you hold it up to the light? The sun was shining through this piece when I took the photograph.
Je suis une brave poule de guerre
Je mange peu et produis beaucoup
Artist: G. Douanne, 1917 or 1918
Paris: Union Française; Comité National de Prévoyance et d'Economies. I saved this poster from World War I to go with my own little chicken.