Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mom's Latest Stitch

Design - "Star Spangled Summer"
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - Aida
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands
Started - 1 August 2014
Completed - 20 August 2014

My Mom has been stitching away this month.  She just finished stitching "Star Spangled Summer" by Heart in Hand. 
  

Sunny August days are often Lazy Days.

Though it does pay to be ever-vigilant!

I am enjoying the show the Western Wood Peewee puts on in the last evening - swooping and diving to catch insects then returning to the same perch only to sally forth once again. 

Not much of anyone sings in mid-August.

The exception seems to be the young Black-headed Grosbeaks.

My female Western Tanager came by again...

...as always it is just for a minute or two.
Long enough for me to see her, grab my camera and attempt a photo or two.  Then she's gone again.


Speaking of yellow birds...
On Tuesday morning my Wilson's Warbler came by for a short visit.

This bird is not much bigger than the Goldfinches and it does not stay still!

I think this is the best series of shots I'm ever going to get of this small bird.

The White-crowned Sparrows are back once again and it is pleasant to see these pretty little birds.

One a year ago today Mom and I once again found ourselves at Heathrow - this time with better results! I blogged a recap of lists of many of things we did during our three month adventure

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Robin Red-breast

I worked on the Prairie Schooler's "May" yesterday and managed to get the Robin stitched.  Now I have to 'plant' some grass and add some blossoms, and stitch the name of the month.  Then this will move from being a WIP to being finished! 

After a couple of days in the 90's today is to be cooler.  Let's enjoy the more moderate temperatures and take a walk.

This is the newest Creature in the Forest!
My father bought this small bear last week and it has not failed to startle me each and every time I walk past it.  Yes, I visibly jump!

The pine trees are showing stress from lack of rain and many of the needles have turned brown.

The Douglas Fir continue to ripe.  You can see a drip or two of sap on the left and the cones are just beginning to harden off and turn brown. 

The Dogwood fruit is plump and ripe and pretty...

...as are the blackberries.

The oaks are festooned with galls. I don't know that I've ever seen this many before.  The thing I don't see though are acorns.

As best I can tell no eats Snowberries, or at least they are a berry of last resort.

The small seasonal creek-beds are completely dry. 

Still there are lots of shades of green to enjoy in this montage of thimbleberry, blackberry, and sword fern.

I was surprised to see this Large Leaved Avens (Geum macrophyllum) in bloom this time of year.

Sometimes the Sword Ferns look tired and dusty by August, but these still are healthy and glossy looking.

We have lots of large thickets of what I call Hazel Brush. The squirrels and chipmunks and jays have striped the plants of the ripe nuts. 

And now everyone, deer included, are feasting on blackberries.

An early sign of Autumn. With almost no rain the past two months, the trees are stressed and so the leaves have begun to turn.

That's it for our walk today.  Time to go back inside and grab a large glass of ice water! 

One year ago today Mom and I headed off to Heathrow...and then...well, I'll let you read about it!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dallying in the Dahlia Garden

A bit more progress on "September's Morning Glory".
I've finished the squirrels, the owls, all the falling leaves and the sentiment.  Now I've begun stitching the morning glory blooms.  They are in purples (4 colors) and blues (4 colors) with rather complex shading. 

It's Tuesday and this week I thought I'd share my sister's Dahlia Garden as part of the Tuesday Garden Party

This has been the Year of the Bunny, so even though the garden is protected with a deer fence, my sister had to add an interior bunny fence to stop them from munching on her young plants. 

Dahlias come in different shapes.  I like collerattes.  This is David Lam.

Sean C. is a pretty two-toned collarette.

My sister planted 240 dahlias this year.

Clearview David has a lovely hint of lavender.

A nice stand of Haley's Dream.


Isn't Pam Howden a pretty dahlia?

With the prolonged hot weather we've had this summer, the dahlias are about 2 weeks ahead of a 'normal' year.  This means we're able to enjoy lots of color by mid-August. 

Camano Cloud

A trio of Crazy 4 Jessie

The garden moves from pale colors to 'hot' colors - oranges and reds.

Lakeview Glow will be the Flower of the Year at the Lane County Dahlia Society Show in September.

There are several kinds of bees hard at work in the garden and I've seen a hummingbird or two as well.

Chimicum Les C. and a pollinator.

Red Velvet - reds never are 'true' in photographs. This is a deeper, darker red. 

Kelsey Sunshine - this might be my favorite dahlia.

It's a big garden and lots of work. But I think the garden is well rewarded with the display of color. 

My sister is also growing a row of marigolds - Red Metamorph. They are just coming on and are going to be a long low hedge of color.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the Dahlia Garden.

One year ago today Mom and I spent our last day in London visiting the zoo.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Attack of the Giant Frog


He may be a little frog, but I hold him responsible for all my stitching woes yesterday.

I was stitching merrily away on the right side of the vine when I got to the bottom and realized it did not line up with the flower at the bottom. 
Off one stitch.   
I took a deep breath, and decided to stitch on the bee skep for a bit while I pondered the problem. I found the error.  It was on the vine on the right side just below the flower on the right side. A row of two stitches off-set one over from where they should be. 

Really I had no choice.

So I frogged out all the "off one" stitching - about 1/4 of the vine.

I don't know why he is smiling as I did not find it at all amusing.

I plodded away for a couple of hours in the evening, and got most of the error restitched. Thank goodness I have a large skein on GAST "Baby Spinach" so at least I don't have to worry about dye lots issues.

I hope I've said goodbye to the frog at least as far as this stitch is concerned.

Maybe this patient turtle will guide my stitching efforts this week. 

One year ago today Mom and I took a walking tour around Hampstead.