Friday, April 18, 2014

Petals and Stitches


After a long wait, crocuses have started to appear in the garden. With equal predominance, however, I'm discovering small holes that have been dug. I suspect that explains the healthy looking squirrels this spring. (I've noticed some reddish ones, as well as the usual grey and black; must be the "good eating" in my yard.)



Colour choices for little knitting projects have been influenced by this new season, or earlier, by the anticipation of it: fresh greens, sky blue, lovely lavender, sunny yellow, and sprightly coral.


For those who may be interested, here are some pattern links on Ravelry:
Lavender and yellow kitchen cloths
Greek Key design
Coral hearts:
Green heart


Back to seasonal choices, they also occur inside my house. When fall arrives, I want cozy warm throws and pillows. Come spring, lighter and brighter colours call to me. Even some items on the walls move from room to room. The autumn scene print in the dining room migrates to a room at the back of my house, and the old mirror with the leaf-coloured frame comes forth.



Changes and choices (seasonal or otherwise) can be eye-opening, surprising, rewarding and, on occasion, come with a pair of spring-green eyes.  After 2 months here, my foster puss, Claire, is still waiting to be adopted.

From my (our) home to yours . . .




 Happy Easter
Happy Passover
Happy Spring
 

Thank you, as always, for visiting and for your comments.
-Karen

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Bloggers' Tea with Poppy View, Lavender Cottage and A Garden of Threads

Front Window
About a week and a half ago, Poppy ( Poppy View) shared an open invitation to join her for tea at The Old Curiosity Tea Shop, not far from Toronto. I wasn't going to turn down the chance to meet her; I get so much pleasure reading about this transplanted Canadian's life in Greece and seeing the gorgeous colours of her home, the countryside and the sea.


Judith, Yours Truly, Poppy and Jen
Thank you to the waiter for taking this photo.
Having now spent a few hours in her company, I would say that Poppy's heart is as warm as her smile.

It was also a great pleasure to finally meet Judith (Lavender Cottage). She was very kind to me when I began blogging, giving bits of advice and encouragement. I enjoy reading her posts and seeing her appreciation for nature, gardens, and tea parties. If I knew five percent of what this generous Master Gardener knows about plants, I would know a great deal more than I do now.

Her friend, Jen (A Garden of Threads) is also a Master Gardener. I will now be visiting Jen's blog regularly; her photographs are remarkably beautiful and have a delicate, ethereal quality to them. Photography, I learned, is clearly a passion for her.



Our first course, followed by more than enough sweets.
Along with plenty of conversation, there were pots of tea, tiny sandwiches and a staggering number of dainties for dessert.


I'm very glad to have met these women and found that my sense of community grew through this experience. (They were certainly gracious when, having zigged where I should have zagged, I arrived late.)

Should you have the opportunity to meet other bloggers, I suggest you take advantage of it. All it takes is a special someone to get the ball rolling.

 
Doing what bloggers do; keep those cameras handy!

Thank you, Poppy, for bringing us together.

If you are not yet acquainted with these bloggers, please pay them a visit:

Judith at Lavender Cottage
Poppy at Poppy View


Wishing you a lovely day,
Karen

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring has Sprung (to some degree)


☀Sunlit Sunday, my winter link-up, has been put to bed and it's time to celebrate the new season. I'll be picking my own tulips in May, but (for now) these purple ones are adding a jolt of spring to my living room. All but a few patches of snow have melted and, eventually, I imagine the ice in the rain barrel will do the same.




This morning, I  dug out a wreath for the front door





and spotted a bit of yellow on the forsythia branches I'd brought inside a week or so ago. It will be quite some time before the whole shrub is ablaze with yellow.




The loveliest thing indoors is Claire, who has yet to be adopted. I was pleased that my foster girl stayed in the same room when I had a friend over yesterday. Part of me wondered if she'd run for the hills, or under the bed, but she's clearly developing the social graces!




In the garden (insert three cheers) there are snowdrops in bloom.




All is well when the snowdrops outnumber the snow patches.

It's time to move from this chair and pick a project that needs doing. I wonder what the best way is to remove paint from door hinges . . .

Saturday, March 29, 2014

☀Sunlit Sunday: Our Final Week


Having been asked where my foster puss was last week, Claire is back for our final Sunlit Sunday gathering for the year.




I hope that, like Claire, you've enjoyed keeping your eyes open for some sunbeams over the past few months.




Thank you for catching some of them and sharing the light here.



With our pooled effort, we've all been able to soak up a few more rays than the climate, at least in my part of the world, would generally provide during the winter months.



Here's hoping you've made a few new friends and plan to keep visiting them. Please remember to "follow" their blogs if you haven't yet done so.

Have you any comments/observations regarding this meme?

Wishing you all well,
Karen

Bring on those sunlit posts!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

☀Sunlit Sunday: The Second-to-Last Week


Welcome to the second-to-last week of Sunlit Sunday for 2014. 

I'd be thrilled to tell you that these are my daffodils next to the rushing spring stream.

It would also be fun to say that my stone table with its meandering rivulet (similar to yours, I'm sure), was set and ready for you to join me, but I can't. Judith from Lavender Cottage and Linda from The Crafty Gardener would be able to call me on these fibs; I know that, like me, they recently visited Canada Blooms in Toronto.

All of the "sunny" photos I'm sharing today were shot indoors. My own garden, by the way, received a light dusting of springtime snow overnight. Doesn't Mother Nature have a sense of humour! Maybe I will knit those socks after all . . .




When the weather does warm up, you'll find me sporting one of these outfits when I pop out to the local grocery or hardware store. Perhaps the dress in the upper left corner? It'll be a change of pace from blue jeans and a shirt, don't you think?

It's your turn.

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