Monday, September 1, 2014

Work week

It is Labor day, the last day of summer for a lot of people. Children are going back to school, or have already started. It is a warm muggy day. This summer has been one of the coolest, most days in the seventies and low eighties, just right for me.
Doug and Christina came up a couple of weeks ago and spent the whole time working. They stacked the wood, mowed the lawn, weeded, cleared brush, and weed wacked the overgrowth. Most of the old wood got burned in a big bon fire.
A shed that was falling apart was taken down and was part of the bon fire. Doug put in new windows in the barn studio. Christina sorted and cleaned. She is a wonderful organizer. The van was filled three times for dump runs. After a week Christina went back to Amesbury and Doug stayed and kept working. Old houses are in constant need of repair.  I can,t keep up with what needs to be done, so I do what I can. I am blessed to have children that take care of this place. I am blessed to have children that are loving and caring, creative, interesting children, that are wonderful adults, making the world a better place.There are so many interesting people in my life. There in not on person that does not influnce another. We are entangled.
While Doug was working I went out to the shore with the dogs and painted.
As the expression is a picture is like a thousand words so I am including some images of work week.

Doug and Christina at Homer,s studio Prouts Neck

Doug spends a lot of time on his I phone

The wood pile

Garden in the front of the house

Starting the fire

Bon fire

Weeds in the garden

After weeding

Stacked wood, Doug weedwacking in the back of the house

New windows in barn studio

Watercolor painted when Doug was here

Watercolor painted while Doug was here

Watercolor with Christinia,s dog. Dogs were with me when I painted.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

animals

I am outwitted be the animals and bugs. After planting my vegetables, to keep the chickens out of the garden I enclosed their coop with a flimsy enclosure, then one day about a week ago I saw them roaming the yard. I thought I fixed the place they got out but when I went out to weed who should appear but the two chickens looking for worms as I pulled the weeds and uncovered the dirt. I put them back in their enclosure and watched. One of they them is smarter then the other. The original way to get out didn't work so the darker colored chicken jumped up on the the pen that is part of their coop and after looking over the situation took off and flew over the three foot wire fence. Now the both of them are happily free and going where they please. One photo shows them taking a dust bath up by the flower bed I just weeded. 
These chickens lay huge eggs as you can see in the photo.
Now I must spent time building a higher, stronger fence. 
You probably think I have beautiful prolific gardens, because I take great photos of the flowers and vegetables. I don't show you the weeds and bug eaten vegetables. Well here is a photo of a bug eaten kale plant, hardly surviving.
One day I was talking to Doug, my brilliant son on the computer with face time and the lamp shade was over his head. It was so funny I took a photo with my camera of the computer screen.

The cove I live near. The place I paint. The place where I swim and go for a paddle in the kayak.

friends
   Sorry we are not home right now. We flew over the chicken coop.
Would anyone like to help mow the lawn and weed the garden?  I need goats not chickens.

Is this an angel or a guy with a dunce cap?

big eggs

This is fun. Taking a dirt bath.

where are we going? 

always together

the bugs are wining

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer

Summer is here at last. It was a long wait. Some things in the garden are doing well and others not. I have been eating lettuce for weeks and now it is bolting. Nothing else is ready to eat. Last year I had the best carrots I have ever grown and this year very few have come up. Bugs are bad. They have their favorite vegetables. They have eaten all the broccoli and most kale. Even the summer squash is not doing well. It is a sad day when I have to buy zucchini.
Water is still cold in the cove. I have been in a few times but not for long. The older I get the colder the water feels.
The fire flies have been great this year. I love watching them. I haven'y walked much at night because of the mosquitoes.
There is more to do here than I can handle. My main objective is to keep the weeds in the gardens to a minimum so the vegetables can grow. I do not understand why weeds grow so much faster then the vegetables. The grasses and other plants that grow in the so called lawn are now about 10 inches high. I haven't  mowed for about three weeks. The perennial flowers in my overcrowded, overgrown garden are big and beautiful. They bring so much pleasure to look at.
I have been sitting in the galleries, walking the dog and going to the jazz jams twice a month, and the reading group once a week. I paint as much as possible, thirty two so far. I have painted some small ones but they take as much time as the larger paintings. I just can't do loose and fast.


Sage in flower.  First time I had it winter over. It is a mystery to me

White Mauve with the sage.  Beautiful flower. Not invasive like the pink one

Feverfew comes up every year.  Seeds itself. This is the largest plant I have had

Sun drops

Poppies in the vegetable garden. Come up from last summers seed

This peony has a beautify color the camera can not capture

Here it is July 9th and I am planting basil again along with cucumbers and kale.
Bugs and weather have done them in.

Sage and garlic

Garlic scapes, so beautiful

Young cabbages

Beets and Johnny Jump Ups

Friday, June 6, 2014

Great Art

Yesterday I had to go to Damariscotta and in the book store found a new book by Andrew Wyeth called Looking Out , Looking In. Most of the paintings in the book I had never seen. The Farnsworth Museum has 1000 of his paintings and drawings. It is astounding how much work he produced. When I got home I looked the book  up on amazon to check prices and seeing other interesting books I ended up on a site that had hundreds of images of many artists, living and dead. I was very humbled and inspired by their works. It is amazing how many great artists there are that I don't know anything about. I tried taking photos  of some of the paintings with my camera shooting at the computer. To my amazement many came out pretty good. To be living at a time when anything we want to know can be found on the computer is incredible.
Below are some of the painting images I took from the computer. Four of the paintings are mine. which three are they? They are easy to pick out.