Monday, March 30, 2009

Green Clean Monday

It is time to put away the March decorations.

It is time to celebrate the bee.

April is full of Spring delights.

When I put away I make sure the rugs are clean.
I like wool rugs for the kitchen and entry.
I use the cotton novelty in the baths.

The dirt cup on the vacuum makes for an easy dump in the compost.
I like putting the dirt back outside from where it came!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A walk in the forest

I love the trees in the Quinault Rain Forest.

We walked in the rain.

Steller's Jay

the Varied Thrush, the ferns and the moss
call this forest home.


When the Carolina Wrens come to the deck
I am instantly joyful.

This pair are always together now.

It is Spring.
Soon they will nest.

The white tulips began to open this afternoon.
The sun was strong and the temperatures rose.

The daffodils are trying to pop back up.

The snow is melting.

Let us hope Winter has had his last dance.

Spring Snow

The birds brought comfort.

I was so sad this morning.

Behind the lens of the camera I could see the beauty.

Being one with the tulips

and the daffodils was sad.

I will wait to see if the lilac blooms.

The Red bud tree held tight to her blooms,
as the ice melted she once again showed her Spring fashion.

I am watching the hyacinths.

I am affected by Mother Nature.

Her Spring ice and snow are beautiful.

I am sad for the daffodils.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Alpaca Show

I have been looking forward to the Alpaca Show
for months!

This is the first time it has been held in my city.
It was my first show.
My friend's alpaca farm was one of the sponcers.

I was concered when it began to sleet this morning
that it would be too icy to go.

My husband was very nice to take me.
When I walked through the pen area
I forgot all about the ice and snow.
I was in Alpaca heaven.
Each one is different and charming.
I listened to their little sounds.
I let them smell me and remembered they are head shy.
I watched as they were judged for their fleece.

This dame seemed to know she won first place!

I talked with different breeders.
I felt lots of fiber.
The fleece that was the softest came from the Paco-Vicunas.
A true golden fleece.

I talked with the breeders from Hickory Ridge Farms.
They have Paco-Vicuna fiber for sale.
They invited me to visit their farm and these rare animals.

There are Alpaca Farms all over North America.

Some are bed and breakfast.

Learning about the alpaca is fun.

The show was delightful!

It is snowing and the drifts of daffodils are covered in white.

I saw branches in the pines broken and on the ground.

Tomorrow I will bundle up and walk the gardens.

Tonight I will stay warm and think of Alpacas.

Long Beach, Washington

We stopped on our way to Lake Quinault, Washington.
We stopped in Long Beach.

We stopped to see the kites.

Please join me.

I have a kite tale.

Friday, March 27, 2009


We had an amazing time
in the Pacific Northwest.

Being with our daughter and son-in-love was delightful.

Spring has come to Portland, Oregon.

I am starting the laundry.
I still have the mail to pick up.

I treasure each moment I spent with my daughter.
I already miss her!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sitting with Daffodils

The daffodils on the south side of the gardens are opening.

A few of the all white opened this morning.

I will be leaving the daffodils for a week.

I took my lunch outside.
I sat with the daffodils.

We planted our potatoes last evening.

They are mulched and waiting for the spring rains.

I am packed and ready to go.

The forecast is for rain in Portland, Oregon.

I do not mind.
I am going to see my daughter.

I have my book for the plane.
I hope to be inspired.

We have our plans for the eight days we will be away.

We will visit a Kite Museum.

Kites are good.

I will be celebrating the first day of Spring with my daughter.

May you have a happy Spring equinox.

I am up, up and away.