Monday, June 28, 2010

Tuned in to Radio

This weekend was a busy one with weaving and gardening.While I'm in the studio I tune in to CBC radio 1 and 2 depending on the time of day. Friday evening I worked late to get a piece finished and at about 7 I looked out to see a young male moose devouring the new leaves from scrub alongside the studio. The radio was on with some music drifting out the door and then the news announcer's voice changed the atmosphere. As soon as that male voice came on the moose turned around and walked toward the studio door which is only screen!  There he was staring at the studio from not more than 20 feet away. I didn't have the camera! Yes, I was a little worried that he might decide to come in but for the most part I was thrilled to see how beautiful this creature was and to realize that he was just curious about the sound. He went on his way quietly after staring in the door for a couple of minutes. My husband saw him the next day down by the pond below the house so I'll be camera ready if he visits again! 

 On the gardening front I've been trying to get some perennials established in the yard around the studio and have planted lots of annual seeds. Sunday afternoon in the studio I listened to Tapestry on CBC radio 1. It was a repeat show on spirituality and gardening with Joni Mitchells  "Back to the Garden" playing throughout. It's not profound but I know that the best flower beds I've created are the ones I dug the deepest in the beginning. Just a thought. On that note here's what nature planted while I labored in the front yard.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Back to Baskets

Here's the finished basket that I started last week. It's woven with my favorite kingfisher blue and smoked reed. The one below is another new one with a few felted flowers added to it for a summer feel. The forget-me-nots in the garden are finishing up but they inspired the little buds on the front.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Studio Open for the Season

It seems like the summer season has finally reached us in Cape Breton. Even with the snowflakes hanging around in the windows the studio felt warm and summery today. Yesterday I couldn't even leave the doors open for fear of them blowing off the hinges. What a difference a day makes!

With the housekeeping part finished up I can get back to weaving. Turquoise was the color of choice today.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Fowl Friends

One of the wild sort..............

and one domestic...........

She doesn't seem to mind that the deck needs painting!

June Blooms

All of a sudden the shrubs have burst open their blooms. One of my favorites in the yard is Kerria 'japonica'. It has bright green stalks that look great in the winter and sprouts the neatest little yellow pompom blossoms. It's accompanied by the mauve lilac and creamy white viburnum flowers right now.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bird Feeder

Now that the leaves are filling out on the trees everything looks lush. The color of the American Goldfinches that visit pops against their green backdrop. We've had an abundance of them at the feeders the last couple of weeks and they are good inspiration!

So here's my version looking longingly at the lilacs .....

They go with the Black Eyed Susan pins......

Have I mentioned the fun I'm having? :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Garden Season

Things are starting to look lush in the garden. We have had a stretch of much needed rain so perennials and bedding plants are getting a good start to the garden season. I've been trying to get a few bits and pieces made to go in the garden at the studio. The little yellow narcissus are still going strong long after the tulips are finished. I love these little guys with their multiple blooms on each stalk. Now if we could just get a little sunshine.....perfect!

Monday, June 7, 2010


An almost daily commute this time year is the trip to the studio in River Bennett. I thought I'd share a picture of one of my favorite parts of the trip. It's a short ferry ride that gives us travelers a brief pause to just look at the scenery. This was a rainy day just starting to clear off. It's a great place to bird watch as well. The spectacular bald eagles are accompanied by lots of sea birds like cormorants and gulls follow the fishing boats as they come and go in St. Ann's Bay. There is also a beautiful fox that saunters up the road occasionally on my trip out!