Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Quince Tree

This old tree has been producing fruit like crazy
ever since the center portion of the trunk rotted out and broke away a few years ago.
It's so overwhelmed with fruit that it's being dragged to the ground.
 I 'd been postponing this chore till my sweetheart and I had time together to do it.
But, when I heard yesterday that a flooding rainstorm was rolling in, I rushed out to unburden it.
Though the skies were mostly grey, it was quite warm and it turned out to be an enjoyable task. 
I was so energized afterwards that I went on to the next much needed chore of clearing out the rain gutters.
That was a messy job, indeed!
But, If it hadn't been done our house would now have water flowing like a waterfall from 3 sides of the roof. 
What a difference here in the before and after photos.
The old tree looks light and perky again - no chance of being broken down in the storm.
 I've never known what to do with the pretty, but dry and kinda pithy, fruit other than to display it in bowls. 
It fills the house with a delightful pineapple-like aroma.
One year though, as a novelty, I found an old Minced Meat Pie recipe and made one using Venison, Quince and Brandy. It was pretty good, but most folks would only take my word for it.
This year though, I searched for recipes using Quince
 and I found 2 that I will be making soon.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Meet Babette

a bird of a different feather.
She's the beguiling one. 
I do enjoy creating these birds.
Each with a different personality,
and story to tell.

  This is where Babette originated. 

She's Got a Black Heart

Madame Lizzette

 Finally finished - grouted black.
Well, almost finished;
still need to fashion her hanging hardware.

Look at the light reflected from the mirrored border.
Don't let that halo fool you.

Interesting how dramatically her color changes in different light.
Her true color is somewhere in between these two,
as seen in the top photo.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Madame Lizzette

Madame Lizzette

She's got a black heart.

Almost complete - still needs to be grouted - black (no doubt).
There'll be updated photo's for sure.

 Madame Lizzette is the second in a series of birds.
Remember Coquette? She was the first.
Now, on to the next.

Sunday, 8 July 2012


 Enjoying the garden.

Enjoying my high-speed internet connection.
Finally ditched the dial-up.

Enjoying the ease of uploading to create this blog post.

Have been missing blogging.
And, my muse, she's been hard to find. 

Contemplating making changes.

Came across this today.
Soon, I will take a leap of faith.