Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Quilt Guilt?

The forecast calls for more rain the next four days.

Since Hurricane Earl passed through, our late summer/early fall weather has been unseasonably disappointing.  What few days that the weather has been merely passable have been spent mowing the lawn, splitting and stacking wood for the winter, and putting the gardens to bed.  There has been no hiking or paddling going on.

The not so nice days?  Well, let me tell you - I've been sewing.  I guess you could say that I've been in a sewing frenzy this year, trying every new idea that comes into my head and every pattern I come across.  I've been stitching (embroidering) and appliqueing, piecing and quilting, making quilt tops and handbags. 

Yesterday, The Ranger looked at me and asked, in all seriousness, "Do you ever suffer 'Quilt Guilt'?"  Now there is some serious food for thought. 

My first response was, "No, I've paid my dues, and now I can do as I please, guilt-free."

Not long after, I was sitting at my machine, sewing on a quilt, looking out the sliding glass door as I worked, and I just had to jump up and take a picture of these two doves taking advantage of the birdbath.

This, my friends, is 'Quilt Guilt'.....

A half filled birdbath highlighted with green scum.
I am SO embarrassed to confess that, yes, this is mine.
(Rest assured, as soon as I looked at this photo,
my bird friends had a clean dish!)

This is why.

These are just a few of the projects that I managed to finish
inbetween jumping from one Work-In-Progress to another.
(And starting yet another!)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stark Naked Beauty

Photos compliments of The Ranger

This area, a low wetland, was flooded by a beaver's dam,
therefore, over time, killing all the trees.

Friday, September 3, 2010

SkyWatch Friday

Looking Out Over the Meadow

What do YOU see?

There are lots more SkyWatch Friday from photos
"from all over the planet",
and you can see them by clicking HERE!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Prince Edward Island Bound

An oasis of gentle beauty.

Finally called my name after 8 years of living in the maritimes.
My journey began as a walk-on on the ferry
from Pictou, NS.

Encumbered with luggage, I anchored myself to one spot for the
1.25 hour journey across the
Northumberland Strait.

A distant lighthouse came into view, as I watched
the Northern Gannets dive for their lunchtime snack.

A bouy, out in the middle of nowhere,

provided safe harbor to this wayward cormorant.

Elsewhere around me was the hustle and bustle
of the other passengers,
free to roam the boat
once they left THEIR luggage
 behind in their cars!

It was a warm and gorgeous day for a journey by sea.

Once upon a time, PEI was only accessible by ferry. 
Sadly, there is now a bridge that spans 9 miles,
connecting PEI to New Brunswick, changing the whole flavor
of the island. 

Early Morning

My favorite time of day.

This is what I see when I look out my window.
The eagle is a resident.
It's pretty much a given that he'll be out there, somewhere,
on the causeway leading to the little island out front
(a little of it's shoreline seen in the background),
or perched on his favorite treetop
across the harbor.

I'm a lucky girl.