In gardening news, I completely dug up the two beds that flank the stairway on the back hill. I dug all the perennials out in clumps and set them on a tarp to be kept moist. Since I'm redesigning this as a rock garden rather than a perennial bed, I will give most of these perennials away. I had to spray Round-Up on the empty beds to combat the invasive and persistent whatever-it-is weed/grass that causes me to mutter bad things under my breath. I've battled it for years and I'm not calling UNCLE yet. Once the new plants are in, I'll use landscape fabric, which I normally shun, to keep this invasive grass from reappearing. The fact that I'm using landscape fabric means I'm desperate, but shhh, the weeds don't know my strategy.
So, here are a few photos from around the house. I reuse the same decorations year after year, but I use them in different places and in different combinations to change it up. The apple blossoms are artificial. I'll bring in real ones when they come into bloom, but these artificial ones were so lifelike that I had to buy them when I saw them at Ikenberry's Farm Store a few years ago.. We made the pysanky eggs over the years and that collection is ever growing (or shrinking depending on how many get broken.) They do break and I rarely flinch over that fact any more. I would probably mourn more over an egg one of the girls made when they were young than over a detailed egg made today. The end result of these eggs are beautiful, but the process of making them is just as rewarding. So, if it breaks, oh well, it was fun while it was being created.
|This is the wood sign I stenciled and painted at the retreat last weekend. So simple!|
|This basket was Steve's grandmother's. I rediscovered it in the pantry and thought it perfect to use for the eggs.|
|When teaching a pysanky class, the back left egg is good pattern for beginners. They are much easier to make than you would think. The back right egg is a freestyle floral pattern. Also very easy.|
|I love the browns. It's hidden by the basket handle, but that's Audrey's Lord of the Ring egg : )|