Sunday, September 13, 2009
This is a quick rendering of one of my views coming home last night. If I had my druthers, I would change the grasses in the forefront -- Still, it's a pretty accurate painting of the hayfields I'm seeing less than two miles from my home. I have to admit that I love scenes like this - and even when I was in Italy, the citing of a hayfield made me feel so much at home!
Yesterday's Open House went well. I am especially pleased with the incredible job my staff did in helping create a well-flowing, colorful, exciting display of information and activities for adults and children. From vegetable, small scale, container, and lasagna gardening to an emphasis on soil and water, information about the arboretum, raffles, give-aways, a rain-barrel demonstration, and planting vegetable seeds -- it was fun. I believe my face even got a bit of sunshine since my display was in the bright sun all day!
I came home to do laundry and prepare to leave again tomorrow, and with C's jam here today, I'll be resting and trying to get a leisurely sketch in before another busy week. It seems the weeks grow in intensity ....
It was downright cold this morning when I went outdoors to feed the kitties, but temps in the afternoon are as high as mid 80s. We picked more grapes on our walk last night - no time to make more jams - just out-of-hand eating. The cool nights have turned them mighty winey-sweet. But I'm still checking the wild persimmons. They've begun to turn orange, and it won't be long before they're ready ....!
Have a restful day!