as the crone flies

Settling In is Slow

on July 15, 2019
Unpacking is progressing at a better pace this week and the house is starting to resemble a home with most of the books now on shelves with all those boxes out of the way I can see the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak and the kitchen floor.
I’m glad to have the task behind me and would love to say it won’t happen again but I am a reader, a lover of books so as long as I breathe there will always be books to unpack and shelves to put them on.
I did get in a little stitching yesterday afternoon not much because I popped something in my hand again earlier in the week so the tingling and numbness made holding the needle too uncomfortable after a bit.
The inner ring is nearly complete and after pulling out several stitches for the third time I put her aside.  While I was stitching I decided to change the color of the flower portion of the piece. I was planning a light lavender or green when it hit me to use rainbow colors, so I toss around the idea a bit in my head and looked at the piece wondering a different color of the rainbow for each flower, or each petal.  Then it hit me I unpacked a box of forgotten craft items some were hanks and skeins of embroidery floss, this Threadwork 1154 aka Bradley’s Balloons may just be what I was thinking of.
It has the rainbow quality I want, it’s a variegated floss so the colors will just flow so I won’t have to change colors for each flower or petal.
Lately I have had the urge to embroider a sunflower or two and somewhere among my patterns I have a kit with sunflowers on it, well time will tell what I have time for.  Did you ever get an urge to embroider something specific?
Speaking of flowers this week some lovely Mexican Petunias popped up in the front of my house.
I guess all the rain we have been getting urged them to come up, I’m so glad they did I love these pretty little flowers each evening the flower falls off and in the morning a new one appears.
I put my crescent moon statue out as soon as I pulled it off the truck,  I have a few other ornamental pieces to place in this area which will eventually be placed here and there.
20190712_143921 For now gardening isn’t even a consideration, our growing season tapers off in the high heat drenching rain summer days here in Florida, with the arrival of autumn I’m sure I’ll be more settled and have a few planters in place.
In the meantime I am thinking about what and where to plant, how to go about creating permanent garden out of this mess. My instinct is to fill in the hole that was to be a pond, the placement is wrong, the limestone wouldn’t allow for fish to thrive.

I do love the tropical plants and it has a natural vibe so I have been checking local plant nurseries.  I would like to make a sacred space in the clearing, perhaps a small labyrinth. But right now my body needs to rest and heal after the move, at 64 I may have made the mistake of not hiring outside help with the move.  By the fall I should be well on the mend so while I recover I can longingly look at my collected seed tin, look over some garden catalogs for native plants and gather my ideas.

Here is a link to one of my favorite blogs that I have been reading for years, if you haven’t visited please do.

The Evolution of Bealtaine Cottage…a Fifteen Year Odyssey


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