Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hollyhocks and Sweet Peas

The field behind our house is golden and the barley will soon be ready for harvest. The air has that late summer feeling. We see trucks loaded with cut wood coming down from the high mountains, flocks of blackbirds gather in the trees and there are small patches of yellow leaves which have just begun to appear in the aspen. But it's not over yet! The hollyhocks are still standing tall and are in full glory. Each tissue paper blossom is perfect. The sweet peas are climbing up the windmill and are blooming in pink and purple, red and orange. Every day I pick a small, fresh bouquet of sweet peas because soon the snow will fly and I will miss these delicate, old-fashioned flowers.

What do you cherish most about these last few days of summer?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Photos and a Fish Festival

This morning I took a few photos in the kitchen

...and then we drove over Galena Summit to the gorgeous Sawtooth Valley to go the Stanley, Idaho Salmon Festival...

Friday, August 19, 2011

First Post!

This is a big day for me! This morning I began to learn how to use the new camera, how to download the photos onto my computer and now I am beginning my first blog. I'm thrilled.

Well. Now what? Hmmm...thinking back on the many creative blogs that have inspired me over the years, I guess I'll just begin by telling you a bit about myself and posting a few of the photos I took in the garden and around the house this morning.

My heart, soul and spirit are 26 years old, but they are currently residing in the body of a 59 year old...which just seems weird to me. I was a social worker for many many years, but, due to state budget cuts, my job ended over a year ago. On the day the office actually closed I was in the Bahamas with friends and have been enjoying the lack of structure ever since. It is a luxury to have time to pursue my passions and I am appreciating every moment.

The days fly while I'm making recreated antique jewelry in my studio which overlooks the canyon and hills behind our house. Sometimes I paintings are primitive at best. I have no training, but I love doing them and only display them in the tiny alcove room upstairs. This spring I did a lot of work in the garden and I'm glad I did, because I haven't followed through with it this summer. The preparation work paid off in gorgeous roses, tall hollyhocks, sweet peas and masses of feverfew. Our garden was beautiful this year, but it is beginning to wane now that fall is on the way.

I'm looking forward to this blog evolving into a new facet of my life and the friends and experiences it will bring.

I hope you enjoy the few shots I took this morning around the house.

What inspires you to create? What do you love to do when you have free, unscheduled time to yourself?