Saturday, November 26, 2011

And the tree came tumbling down...

I've used this Chinese Coins tree as a frame for pictures, and as a subject in and of itself.  The birds used it as a lookout, and as a refuge or resting place.  It was glowing yellow in bloom, and sparkling when frosted. 
The winds took it down last week. 
It hadn't been healthy since a storm last year almost ripped a limb completely off;
and, we knew it was only a matter of time, even with our efforts to shore it up.
Still, it was sad to see it go.

Here, my husband has already been cutting the branches off,  though you can still see the break.
We heard it go down, although we didn't know it at the time. 
After hearing a crash one night during the howling of the storm, we went outside to see if there was damage.  It was dark and still raining. What we could see didn't show damage to the house, the vehicles, so, we went back in.  The next day, in daylight, we noticed. 
Our view is lessened by its demise.
Now we are asking ourselves, "What should we put up in its place?"

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Quilting on the West End

There are quite a few quilters here on the West End, quite accomplished some of them. I know quite a few, and enjoy quilting myself - though I don't count myself as an expert.
I recently joined a group of blockmakers online at Block Lotto . This picture is of the block pattern for September - a Curved Rail Block in batiks. Simple stack and slash type of construction. It's a lot of fun making just a few blocks, testing a new pattern.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Forecast is... what?

The forecast for today was for cold but partly sunny.
Our Forks weather usually calls for "liquid sunshine",
but frozen sunshine?
Ah, the surprises and delights of Mother Nature in Forks.
These were taken at the beginning of the snow this morning.
It lasted all of today.
And will go on into tonight.
And tomorrow.
Maybe I'll make a snowman!