Aug 25, 2012

Notice

Sometimes we get caught up in the minutia & chaos of societal ills, that you forget to see the things that matter...This week I  had a reminder of that...I read an article entitled Notice...



It was all about noticing the things that we take for granted...little things....momentary things....

Like a little Chippy on the shed (see him in first photo) a very strategic site to a bird-feeder full of sunflower seeds...

For me it is the things of Nature we always have around us....my gardens & the ecosystem that exists with in it...... My own little Farmer's Market...


 As I have watched the drought & wildfires in the west take away from people the very things that are a constant for me, I realized that all it would take would be a lack of water to take all I have away....or even too much water or wind could do the same as hurricane season begins to ramp up...


Nature is a balance of Yin & Yang...giving & taking....flourishing or destroying...light & dark....
This is what teaches us to appreciate the small things in life & avoid sweating the needless ones...
We just need to attend the class...

So I went back to class....Walking around my home & really looked at the abundance of our "wealth"....Blessings that have a way of keeping us in the presence....The substance
& experiences of the Natural World...

like our corn garden...

  Hearing the excitement in Hubby's voice at seeing the first ears for corn showing... This is his first corn garden & when you do it for as many years as I have you forget the excitement of something as simple as the first sight of that silk popping out over the top...


So it was fun to relive it through his eyes...& it reminded me it had been a few years since I planted corn, so this homegrown taste will be
especially good this year..:)

 
or walking into your backyard to cut some fresh   sprigs of herbs for cooking....
( the rope is holding up my rose bush until I get a crib in to hold the canes up in case you were wondering about that)

like Basil, Cilantro, Sage or Oregano....

or stepping out into the garden to pick a bowl of Swiss Chard, grab a couple tomatoes, some cukes or  green beans for supper...

Have you ever tried Swiss Chard in place of lettuce on a sandwich??  I tried it this week....Delicious!!!

Noticing my first little crop of crab apples....
Horray!!

Happy at how a first year crop of Echinacea, whose blooms I hope will attract some more
Hummngbirds next year, has grown...

So I hope this week you take the time to notice the small things within the bigger picture...no matter what venue it appears in.... your home, job, projects, anything.....Notice...

Have a great weekend!!! 

Aug 22, 2012

Wednesday Women- The MacDonald Sisters


Margaret & Frances MacDonald are two artist sisters who had a great impact on the art world but it was overshadowed by Margaret's husband Charles Rennie Mackintosh the architect with whom Margaret worked with later on, creating some of her well known gesso panels for homes... 
Margaret, Charles & Frances with her husband Herbert MacNair, were known as "The Four"  a loose collective of artistic talent that began the Glasgow school which had a huge impact on what defined Art Nouveau in the late 1800s. The women's artistic talent is said to have had an influence on the artist Gustav Klimt...not surprising when you see their work...

Some of the art of Margaret MacDonald





"In the mid 1890s the sisters left the School to set up an independent studio together. They collaborated on graphics, textile designs, book illustrations and metalwork, developing a distinctive style influenced by mysticism, symbolism and Celtic imagery. Frances also produced produced a wide variety of other artistic work, including embroidery, gesso panels and water colour paintings."
Some of the art of Francis McDonald which in my opinion was more beautiful but sadly overshadowed.. many of her works were lost when destroyed by her husband after her death...









Very magical, organic art...after reading some of their biographies, it is not hard to see 
how they influenced the art world...


Photo Credits : Daughter Earth

Rare Albino Hummingbird...




Marlin Shank, a very talented 15 yr old photographer, captured some extremely rare images of a albino ruby-throated hummingbird....
These images were taken in a park in Staunton, Virginia. There was on other sighting in Colorado. Marlin's dad who runs Nature's Friend magazine said these little beauties are nearly extinct. Their coloring makes them highly vulnerable to danger in nature... So these pictures are an amazing  treasure...& I would call this sighting very auspicious for Marlin...










I think Marlin has  his life work 
all mapped out for him......



Photo credits : Animal Planet

Aug 20, 2012

RIP Scott McKenzie




Scott McKenzie died saturday at the age of 73...
he is well known for his song...
"San Francisco
 ( be sure to wear flowers in your hair)"
which captured the spirit of the 1960's 
flower power movement...



** RIP **

Aug 19, 2012

Throw Out The Rules.....

When it comes to decorating.......
I read once you should always decorate with things you love....not what is socially correct but what you love to see out & about your home... 

Throw out the rules & burn the box!!! 
Then have fun...















 My hubby told me the other day I wasn't afraid to try anything in the house... If you are afraid, you will never find out what could look amazing & unique.... It is what I love about this online community I follow...Nothing is off the table...The artistic streak is indulged....Try it.... you will find it is alot of fun...

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