Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I'm Going Batty!

So... our VBS theme this year is "Cave Quest"
I bought a hard hat and a (very cool) headlamp
that fits over the hat...

All that was missing was... a bat!

He is one of the five-day "Bible Buddies" who are
part of the curriculum for the week...
His name is "Radar" (he's just too cute!)

I will attach him to the top of my hard hat, so he will be 
standing just above the flashing (red light) headlamp.
Too much fun... (and the kids, no doubt, will love him!)

He still needs a coat of Gesso... and then a wash of color!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Snake Mountain Revisited... Ten Years Later!

We just returned from spending five days with family, 
back in Vermont. Nestled in the Champlain Valley, 
Addison County, is the town of Addison.
This was our home for twenty years; 
as seen from the top of Snake Mountain.


Our youngest daughter (Emily) and I 
made the climb to the top (in one hour)... 
much to my surprise, 
as it has been ten years since we climbed it!


Along the journey, we kept finding red efts, 
these immature eastern spotted newts... 
wherever there was a little moisture and moss.

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!)