Thursday, August 15, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

peekin at poppies

It's amazing the subtle beauty you can find if you look closely, like the different  numbers of stigmatic rays on a poppy. The more notches that radiate, the more seeds a poppy will yield, even if the capsule is smaller because these are the parts that take the male pollen grains.

Monday, August 12, 2019

tomorrow's treasures

Since that first net, more treasures washed up on our rocky beach, and I learned they are for lobster bait! I prefer to fill them with other things though...
What's next to come I wonder?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

model home

This adorable five inch wide sculpture by artist photographer Mike Goede captures a cozy little alpine or maritime life of simplicity.  I'd love to add some pants to the washline and some windows to the home.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

made me smile

sweet lil ladybugs line the lawn
of the two-room schoolhouse
on Big Tancook Island

slow stroll

What a dazzling shape these wee tiny snails have, out for a stroll at low tide this morning.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

feeling florally in fiber facsimiles

I like this photo with and without filters. The two below would be interesting to translate into rugs, either hooked with strips of velvet or as cut pile wool yarn, with saturated glowing color.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019


It may not look like it, but recent rains have restored the incredible softness to my favorite place to stand in bare feet. Under the lilac trees grows a luscious moss, possibly sand-hill screw-moss or great hairy screw-moss, and it is a heavenly experience your toes will not soon forget.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

stone and seaweed

 Here's a lil something I hope you like, I like it very much, I do. A tiny submarine creature, stone and seaweed cemented together, very different materials but perfectly proportioned for moving through thick imaginary water. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

the art of the engineer

Henri Riviere took hundreds of photographs and made hundreds of sketches of the Eiffel Tower for twelve years after it was built in 1888. He then wanted to make prints of the different views of the architectural structure and started with a few woodcuts. With thirty-six prints each in five colors, the process proved too labor-intensive, and Riviere turned instead to lithography. Based on Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai, Les Trente-Six Vues de la Tour Eiffel is also a beautiful collection of landscape prints with great style. These views from that time period from various locations and distances from the city in all seasons instill even more grandeur to the undertaking the building of the observation tower was.

Friday, July 12, 2019

see some sedum

Sedum is a beautiful groundcover and rock cover as well. Also known as stonecrop and orpine, this hardy plant loves the maritime weather here in Nova Scotia. The camera really doesn't capture the actual colors the succulent leaves and star shaped flowers have on overcast days, their wonderful glow has to be seen in person. Bees and butterflies love this darling plant, too.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

red white and green

Christmas in July! 
Rhubarb Cake
cream 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
and 1/2 cup butter till fluffy
add an egg
in a separate bowl mix
2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda 
and 1/4 teaspoon salt
alternate adding dry mixture
and 1 cup milk to creamed mixture
fold in 1 teaspoon vanilla
and 2 1/2 cups small rhubarb pieces
pour into shallow greased and floured pan
sprinkle sugar on top
bake for 40 minutes at 350°
until cake tester comes clean

Monday, July 1, 2019

happy Canada Day

Here is Canada's flag before the maple leaf was adopted in 1965 (courtesy of Wishing Stones Gallery). There was a lot of debate over the redesign of the national flag in the preceding two decades, but especially after the Suez Crisis in which Britain was one of three countries to invade Egypt while Canadians led peacekeeping efforts. More concern was expressed to have a national flag that was distinctively Canadian, and so after many committees formed and dissolved and nearly 6000 designs were considered, a parliamentary committee unanimously voted on the maple leaf design by George Stanley.