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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

we've been having gorgeous weather these past few days ...
and met lots of lovely friends on our walk
like the white-breasted nuthatch
who made us laugh pulling out leaves and debris from a tree stump
still patches of snow and ice in various spots ...
I loved seeing the mirrored image of this sweet, content couple
where the snow had melted ♥
the chipmunks were eager to see what we had for them
& look at how wonderfully camouflaged his tail is !
the high point of our walks is always the black capped chickadees
and they were EVERY WHERE
feeding from our hands
this little sweet heart stayed on my hubby's hand long after he had eaten his seed
so I took the opportunity to take a photo of his gorgeous plumage ♥
we waited our turn leaving the park
& followed the leader : - D

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Texture Tuesday ...

stay little sparrow ♥
texture: kim klassen ~ stay
this week's theme : For the love of _________.
of course, it has to be
For the love of Sparrows.
Linking to Texture Tuesday today.

Monday, April 7, 2014

ranunculus & pansies ...

made our first trip to the nursery this weekend
to pick up a few flats of pansies ...
now, it feels like spring ♥
and of course, you never visit the nursery without finding a few other plants :-)
especially when you walk past the most gorgeous ranunculus
I found out the hard way in previous years that our garden bunnies love ranunculus as much as we do & will completely finish off all the petals ... so this year I will have to plant them in some out-of- bunny reach places
as soon as I see pansies I think Spring ...
and love that they are so frost hardy
and can be planted long before our usual may 24th weekend planting rule
but for the time being
I am enjoying them sitting on my kitchen table
basking in the sunshine
just like archer
just like sweet robin ♥

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

april ...

I always feel so fortunate that although I live in the city
I am surrounded by water & wildlife ♥
between the trumpet swans and sea gulls there are plenty of lovely white feathers to be found on our walks  & pretty twigs and grapevine branches, leaves that have been covered in snow for months and tiny little heart shaped stones & I love bringing home these found treasures and setting them up on my art table to draw.
~happy april~

Monday, March 31, 2014

maple days ...

we were fortunate to have a beautiful, sunny day
for our traditional maple syrup farm visit
the wind was cool
but the warm sun had the sap running freely
there was a gap in the wire fencing just large enough so I could snap a photo of this gorgeous turkey
we admired his stunning colours as he strutted around his pen confidently
and then we walked towards the cattle ...
{BIG time}
the calves took turns licking their mama
who was basking in the sunshine
pure contentment
the piglets were playing
and so funny to watch
{hadn't noticed the two different tails until I uploaded the photos}
another watchful eye ~
and a precious new life xo
and flocks of happy, chubby, chirping sparrows
helped make it the perfect day ♥
May you always be connected
with Earth & Sky~
drawing energy
from both
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie~

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

save the page ...

I thought the cover of the April/May/June issue of Somerset Life was so gorgeous!
Inside, my water coloured friendship flags & bookmarks can be found on page 74
in this exceptionally gorgeous issue  ♥
I will (and do) paint on just about anything
and found that muslin was fabulous at holding onto paints.
I love the subtle hue of the Spring time shades with the sun shining through.
they remind me of melted crayon art and wax paper :-D
~Gather Joy~

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

carving out a beautiful day ...

 finds from our walk today ...
  nests that we've passed
and taken photos of
through the seasons
were found blowing across snow & ice covered fields
 I couldn't leave them there to fall apart (although one of them did)
they now sit on a stack of lovely aspen logs ♥
 the frozen lake
 so still and beautiful
 at home, I've been carving out stamps ...
coming up with some whimsical designs :-)
which once I was finished created a lovely little nest,
a resting spot for one of my birdies ♥
carve every word
before you let it fall
~Oliver Wendell Holmes ~