Monday, April 24, 2017

Travel Essentials

Yarn and a hook are a must when traveling.
It is my preferred form of in-flight entertainment.
I also take along a book, magazine and word search puzzles for times when I need a break from crocheting.
All of the above were crocheted on our recent flight to Amman, Jordan to attend the wedding of our friends' daughter.
During car travel and on the flight back, I also managed to finish a heart and three washcloths.
Our trips to Jordan are always enjoyable no matter what we do.
I'll leave you with photos from our walk near the hotel on the first afternoon.
 Patterned pavers.
 Grape leaves.
 Islamic Educational College established 1947.
Side streets.
Brilliant sunbursts.
Wall art in front of the British Council.
Coffee roaster.
Have a great Monday!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Gloomy Weather

A cloudy day calls for a crocheted cloud coaster, don't you think?
(Pattern can be found here.)
We've not seen the sun in over a week now.
 The skies have mostly been filled with dust but for the past couple of days there's also been clouds in the mix.
It tries to rain but just sprinkles and splatters everything that is already covered in dust.
 The good thing is that the temperature has been a bit cooler during the day.
So I decided to put on my walking shoes and go for a wander.
First to the park where I left a heart.
And then around the neighborhood.
Back at home, I was so surprised to spy this one little gardenia bloom from a bush that's not done so well since last summer.
It's aroma is truly delightful.

I hope you all had a blessed Easter.
Wishes for a wonderful week.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Urban Wilderness

One of my team members at The Secret Garden recently went to the States and, upon her return, surprised me with some very lovely gifts.
This quilled artcard of a purple finch is handcrafted by artists in Vietnam.
These gorgeous seed packets are works of art themselves.  I sure wish it wasn't the end of our growing season, but I will have something to look forward to come September (or October, or November, depending on the weather). 
 And finally, this book, written by a father, inspired by his daughter and all the questions she asked on their school walks.  The every day things we walk by and often take for granted are magical to a child.  Nature is all around is, even if it's only a tiny weed in the crack of a sidewalk, it is something to to be grateful for.
You all know how I love to wander. And last week, after getting a haircut, I passed by this house which prompted me to immediately pull over and park my car to get a closer look.  It wasn't the house that impressed me, but the front yard that I was interested in.
So many gorgeous hollyhocks, standing so tall and proud.  Certainly not to be missed as one is driving by.
Don't know why we didn't plant them at the community garden, but I told the garden group that we are definitely planting them next year.
They sure do put on a beautiful show.
 I did some more wandering.  Love seeing homeowners add curbside appeal to their entrances.
 Especially happy to see homes where natural elements are allowed to take over. 
So many people just seem to live in concrete boxes and don't leave room for any green space so I am always grateful for those who nurture a green environment.
Beautiful bougainvillea.
A painted wall.
The lovely note I received with my gifts.
I am equally grateful for those who add a bit of beauty to this world.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Weeding and Seed Collecting

Although the weather is still really nice right now, it is starting to warm up during the day and before too long, summer will creep in and temperatures will go up, up, up.
Since the end of our growing season is near, we decided to do a weed and seed activity at The Secret Garden today.
I brought envelopes and colored pencils and markers so that we could get creative with our seed storage.
And one of our newest volunteers who is doing a course in sustainable gardening brought some of her own French Marigold seeds to share.  A garden visitor helped to label and package them.
I had a teeny tiny shiny garden guest of my own who was overseeing my seed sorting and storing.
One of the eight-legged variety that was hopping all over the place.  I'm not a spider person but this one was pretty amazing with it's silvery appearance.

Keep your sense of proportion by regularly, preferably daily, visiting the natural world.
(Catlin Matthews)

Happy Saturday!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Stages of a Wildflower

Man has created some lovely dwellings, some soul-stirring literature. He has done much to alleviate physical pain. But he has not ... created a substitute for a sunset, a grove of pines, the music of the winds, the dank smell of the deep forest, or the shy beauty of a wildflower.
(Harvey Broome) 
 In October I planted a packet of wildflower seed mix and, although it took months for flowers to appear, there's been a continuous variety of blooms ever since.  In fact, something completely new recently popped up and I'm looking forward to seeing what it becomes.  Since I unfortunately threw away the seed packet after planting, I have no idea what was in the mix.  
All of these images were taken today representing the life stages of this pretty little pale pink wildflower.

Who would have thought it possible that a tiny little flower could preoccupy a person so completely that there simply wasn't room for any other thought.
(Sophie Scholl)
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