Thursday, May 4, 2017
Aaaah! Lovely May days have arrived. Foxgloves, daisies, and honeysuckle are blooming along with hundreds of wildflowers. The air is now warm and humid, but pleasantly filled with the mingling of damp, sweet earth and fragrant flowers. Every morning and evening the doors and windows are flung open to fill the house with the sound of birdsong and the rich perfume that fills the air. It's a glorious time of year. We have been spring cleaning!! How do we manage to collect so much stuff in our tiny little house? A carload is being packed up to be delivered to the Salvation Army charity shop. It feels good to have space to breathe.
The foxglove sketch was done in my Daniel Smith watercolors that I've had for a year now but have been too intimidated to open and use. They're glorious! They make me feel like a better painter as they honestly do a lot of the work for me. Such a great investment, and I am not afraid to use them anymore! The curved steel leaf is one I forged at a blacksmithing symposium at Tannehill Ironworks. My two boys (great big strapping boys now!) have taken up an interest in blacksmithing, and I couldn't resist getting in on the action. It's a whole new world of creative possibilities!! Dear husband has set about building us a home forge, and we are super excited to get cracking. The boys want to make weapons, of course. I want to make decorative pretties - drawer handles, towel rods, curtain rods, garden tools, etc. I have so many ideas!!
The tiny little potters wasp nest and the intricate trails left by the leaf miner are some of the small natural wonders which captivate me. Nature amazes and thrills me on a daily basis. Every walk in the woods feels like an exploration, an adventure! Naughty Shep upset a turkey from her nest early one morning, and feeling very proud of himself, delivered me the gift of a still warm egg. I couldn't bear to scold him. I thanked him and put it in my pocket.
Wishing you the joy of many May flowers in your neck o' the woods :-)