Saturday, April 25, 2009
As I turned back to ascend here were, between a rock and hard place, these colorful succulents who seem to need no more than a little pulverized rock or a dust pocket to thrive.
I might have mysteriously pushed buttons, or perhaps my camera had sensed my disappointment in its prowess...
but somehow I took these pictures.
I have not changed them in any way...I am so glad that sky is blue and not pink...aren't you?
So what kind of new camera would you suggest I look at?
Friday, April 17, 2009
a virtual quilt show and being I have actually
finished a quilt I want to play too...
I pieced the blocks quite a few years back...
A Cathedral Window...
Here's Jacob's Ladder...
Eventually I pieced them all together. Last year I finished the blue edging, hand quilted it and gave it to a dear daughter for her birthday present... Our girls liked to climb trees and make forts and although they liked tutus, they both tended to eschew pink. Some of the fabrics were vintage and others I purchased in a little independent fabric shop in Sonoma County, California that is long gone. I would say I drafted all the pattern blocks to size myself, but as I recall my husband was an able and willing helper when it came to geometry and calculations. I like windowing special designs and usually use clear plastic for my cuttings guides. This quilt is for a twin bed. Here it is just covering the top of a queen sized bed. It isn't the only quilt I have finished, but I don't have any photos of some of them. I was thinking today of a quilt I made for my baby niece who is herself now pregnant. I guess I better get busy.
Well I am off to share this quilt blog with the quilt show...You can visit the blogs of other quilters and see their handiwork at http://parkcitygirl.blogspot.com/2009/04/quilt-festival-spring-2009.html But I also hope you will come back and enjoy other pages of both my blogs.
Thanks for coming by...and I do appreciate your comments. It makes it so much more fun to know that someone was actually "here."
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Internet research being such a breeze, I read about several groups intent on helping others.
The way I navigated, thank you Google, to TACO was through the UCSD Graduate Christian Fellowship because the Fellowship came right up in the search result when I typed in "San Diego Soup Kitchens." That's because they are big on getting out in the community and helping.
Our new San Diegoan ( is that what they call themselves down there?) is grateful that she already has a job. We are grateful too.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
On the Deck A few weeks ago I transferred basil sprouts from the greenhouse to the garden bed. Basil is touchy at the ocean, so I decided to put the next batch in a pot on the deck and compare how they do. This is Italian basil. The leaves look a little stronger than the seed marked "Sweet Basil."
These succulents got a little too wet this winter, but they'll be warm & dry soon and thrive again.
Suzy sent me this little ceramic Mary Mary Quite Contrary, I call her Gardener on duty.
I love this sink on the deck. Mark put it in for me. Today it did big duty as I was cleaning many of the orchid pots and soaking them in vinegar to get the mineral deposits off. It's great to be warm in the sun while you're splashing water.
In the Garden Camera in hand, I remembered some new blooms I'd seen earlier in the day. Flowers remind us that time, like their brief prime beauty, is fleeting. The iris are fragile. Most of the iris are shades of blue or lavender. These golden iris are etched with burgundy and umber shades and today is theirs.
In the Greenhouse I re potted some tired orchids to see if I can get them to re bloom and then found at least a temporary home for the new plants we got on the way home from San Diego. I need to learn more about them and in addition to reading up on them, that will mean experimenting with where they will be happiest in the greenhouse.
Aechmea Del Mar, will I remember your name tomorrow? Perhaps I will think of a nickname to help me. A pronunciation guide might help me too. And you know typing in these plant names is driving "spell check" crazy.
An epidendren Orchid...I love it's height..yikes it's pink too.
And then there is Tillandsia Cyanea Anita who indeed may have to become Tilly for short.
Here they are hanging out in a very old bathtub together...with a little lemon button fern that I will soon re pot.
On the Cliffs Meanwhile, back outside, the light ever changing as it is, was gilding the rocks and the Pride of the Madeira that the hummingbirds and butterflies visit daily. I took a few early sunset pictures, thinking especially of those who I miss and who would visit if they could. Remember how many postcards were emblazoned with words that are a nice thought but ruined the picture? I'll just say what I'm thinking and leave you three lovely shots unobscured...but I do ....*Wish you Were Here!*
Saturday, April 4, 2009
traveling in the van down to San Diego to take SB what she couldn't carry herself. You'd think I would have taken a picture of the strapped in motorcycle, the boxes and bags and plants, the bicycle, but I didn't...it was all a blur.
You can see the old Mission and all the busy town that surrounds it in this shot.
Cactus and shadows of time and trees...
But we were just stretching, not touring, it was back in the van for us and south to San Diego.
In the morning we explored highway 192 by Carpenteria ...a photo advertisement for a nursery enticed us and we saw more greenhouses along this route than I could imagine. The nursery was indeed lovely and we soothed ourselves off the road amongst the flowers. This is one that came home with us, it's a Dwarf Blue Tango Bromeliad Aechmea 'Del Mar' .
Here is one of the displays we saw...inspiring.
Well, I must away, the day has warmed up and I better go take care of the new plants.