Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Abandoned?


I was saddened when a friend brought this (robin's?) nest over to 
our home, just the other day... He had found it on the ground, 
near his garage where it had been built, attached to the door frame.
In a word, he said: "Abandoned!"

"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
    along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
    and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
    I will not abandon them."  
(Isaiah 42:16, NIV)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Who Has Time for Doll-Making?

Our Blue-Flag Iris are a bit sparse this year;
I did a rather radical "divide" and "thinning" last fall...


The Chinese Ground Orchid are just beginning to head...
(I moved them around too, last fall...)

Coral-Bell... it is a perennial favorite (pun intended!)

Ahhhh... Spiderwort; we have this "love-hate" thing going on!

So... back to the question: "Who has time for doll-making?"
(I love being in the gardens)

Be blessed... Daryle

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Between the Showers... Some Photos!


I slipped outside early this evening with my camera, 
these photos are untouched, other than resizing...

Astilbe... emerging after days of (much needed) rain...


Star-of-Bethlehem... a bit of a nuisance 
because it pops up everywhere, every spring!
But lovely just the same...


 Violet Columbine... planted last season; after picking
them up in Lancaster County at an Amish roadside stand.
These are first year blossoms!


This charming Columbine was brought down from Vermont
ten years ago... and has settled happily on the 
northeast side of our home.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Four & Twenty Blackbirds...


"Four & Twenty" nothing... truth be told, he is a solitary soul!
I'm thinking he's a Brewer's Blackbird.   For the past two weeks
he has been hanging around our backyard patio 
with our Mourning Doves (rather "odd" company, if you ask me!)
I snapped this photo as he tried to dry himself off 
from the all-day (much needed) showers here in South Jersey.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wednesday's Whimsy

This week's "whimsy" is a retro-walk down Memory Lane...
as I'm toying with the idea of creating a new satyr doll
for the ADQ challenge coming up in mid-June.

 This was my first "cloth over clay" doll, 
that I designed back in January of 2011...
based upon one of Aesop's fables.
I hope to start working on a new paper clay and
mohair version... soon!

(If I finish my spring gardening; as I have 
yards and yards of mulch to spread!)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Late April's Splendor!


Our garden's seem to be coming into their own
splendor a bit earlier this year.
Solomon's Seal, Forget-Me-Not, Lady's Mantle


We had some (much needed) morning rain...
and now boatloads of sunshine and a nice breeze.
Phlox from an Amish roadside stand, Confederate Violet,
and a perennial favorite: Wood Violet.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wabi Wednesday


The north side of this barn,  that sits at the end 
of our daughter's driveway in Vermont
has always been the perfect "canvas" 
for some of my favorite quotes.

Make some memorable moments this week... Daryle