Last night we took the boat out for a little cruise around Lake Union. For the first time in the 7 years we've owned the boat, we were the only boat out on the lake! It was amazing. It felt like we had the whole city to ourselves. The water was glass and the air was crisp. A cold, clear night.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
This is, in fact, the project that never ends. There is a small bit of light at the end of the tunnel, however. This past weekend included setting the stone atop the stair walls and beginning the shingling of those walls. We had to remove the temporary steps to do that.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Since this has been gifted, now I can show it to you!
For my brand new niece, Sophia, shown here giving her best impression of a grumpy gnome:
Her room is painted a lovely shade of green, so I knew I had to use that. Plus, of course, no quilt from me would be quite right without a bit of orange, so here it is.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Next up we have the Evening Primrose. The cooler nights seem to have killed off the aphids that LOVE this plant, and in response it has started blooming again. Nice.One lone Echinacea blossom. I have a hard time deadheading these during the summer, which would cause them to bloom longer, because all the little tiny birds love the seeds. So I sacrifice blooms for food. The whole garden is pretty much like that. Plus, seedheads are interesting during the winter.
This is a Solanum of some sort - from the same family as tomatoes and deadly nightshade. It's an annual - we planted one outside the fence last year, this year we had a bunch come up, including this one, which is inside the fence in the middle of the gravel patch. It's about 4 1/2 feet tall.
These are just beginning to bloom, and frankly, they're a little early. Mahonia 'Winter Sun' usually starts blooming in late November at the earliest. Last year the blooms got wiped out by our ridiculous cold snap in December, so this year perhaps is compensation. Hummingbirds like this, too!