|Thank you winter storm "Jonas" for depositing over 3 feet of snow in my yard, this past weekend! This is my driveway and looking down the hill towards the road, this past Saturday evening...what driveway and what road???|
|Strands upon strands of embroidery floss, threaded and stretched from floor to ceiling play off of light to create a fabric kaleidoscope.|
|Susan and me on a winter's day enjoying the Renwick Gallery.|
These first months of the year bring dark days of winter or bright, frigid sunshine. A time when I turn my attention from the lavender field and gardens and get a little rest and refocus on the coming growing season. Even on days like this, with 39 inches of snow staring obliquely at me outside my window, taking the time to appreciate all of the sights and adventures that wait just beyond my own backyard can be luxuries that I don't often take advantage of.
Getting off of the Farmlet, when we are in season can be a real challenge and takes lots of preplanning. However, January through March is a relatively quiet time here--if you ignore all of the snow that is waiting to be shoveled--as Blooming Hill is closed during the winter months. After all, who is thinking about lavender, other than P.Lorenz and myself? So, when someone just happens to suggest a road trip, believe me when I say, "I'm all in"!
|Imagine having to cut out all of these little cardboard paper pieces to make giant stalagmites coming to life and taking shape as an indoor canyon--and I thought pruning lavender bushes was tedious work--geesh!|
|Pods of twisted willow branches make inviting spaces to dwell in for mythical and practical everyday creatures, alike. Windows and doors are fashioned allowing people to walk in and out of them.|
|Shimmering, shooting stars dangle in this rather delicate looking chandelier. I kept thinking about the person who has the honor of dusting and polishing each strand of mirror, glass and light--I guess that is just the O.C.D. cleaner in me.|
|Made from the plaster casting of a hemlock tree, the sculpture itself was recreated using strips of cedar.|
What a wonderful cure for cabin fever--snow or no snow. The Wonder Exhibit will be on display at the Renwick Gallery until this summer. Of course, by then, the natural wonders of nature expand 100-fold all around my place, as I'm sure it does in your yard, too. Come to think of it, even on this snow day, wonder and beauty can spring out of the most usual of places I see everyday.
|I so enjoyed the Renwick Gallery last week but I must say that I also enjoy the artistry and wonders that occur daily in my own backyard, no matter the time of the year.|