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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Stained Glass

I love stained glass,  especially the way the morning light shines through the yellow and orange colors.
Pictured is one of two in my sister's kitchen window.  She drew and enlarged the pattern to fit.  There is a shade at top of  window  to pull at night for privacy
there are two windows in the kitchen with the same glass,  the clearer glass at the base is where she sits her Christmas candle, can be seen nicely from outside

This one is in the bathroom upstairs

This is a mosaic stained glass window that I made for her garden , she is going to hang it when she finishes with the supports for it. 
Click on to enlarge

My favorite colors - red and pink

Thursday, June 24, 2010


It was 101 here today but felt like 110 degrees.  What better day to get out and dig in dirt that feels like cement.  I guess I am trying to see what a stroke feels like,  just can't stand staying inside.  Here are some pictures so far of my laying some slate to sit my little table on.   The area is not pretty and I really seem to be making it worse by digging and rearranging.  Hopefully it will not look this way too long.  I found the slate in the ground mostly covered by grass and dug them up.  Will move them again in an area not directly under tree limbs.

not here, will have to move them a third time

will put them in this empty space
 there is a hole in the boxwood because I was going to  place a pot of flowers in there, pot of flowers have dried up.

Its getting dark , but the pictures turned out o.k. , will fill in with sand and pebbles

a cement leaf I made from a large Begonia leaf
The columns were here when we moved here, I just stacked them and will plaster cement on them maybe

will do the same to these columns,  I may just mosaic them with pebbles

will shape this one and probably put in the ground
will be back at it tomorrow

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

flowers and yard art

   My vase in the hallway

I read that the native americans used the root of the Hydrangea as a diuretic , to cleanse toxins.   The language of Flowers say that the flower means boastful, and heartless.   I have also read that they mean preservation , and that is why they are a good choice for wedding flowers.   I like them no matter what they mean.  To me they mean Flamboyance. I love showy flowers.

The rest of the flowers are not doing very well this year
I have some Zinnias with buds , I hope they bloom and not dry up.
I separated this hydrangea last fall
from this large bush in front of porch
Steve purchased this yard sculpture  from the Strawberry Faire here in Ashland

steve loves yard art, here is another
Flowers at front entrance
A boxwood I am training

The carpet flowers are blooming so pretty despite the heat

my window box

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Round Town and other Things

Lynn and I took a  ride downtown Richmond to look around late the other day and came upon this neat building with
graffitti .

We saw this building, not too sure of what it was but it had this statue I had to take a pix of
Lynn is on the left

We then headed to Broad Street to
St. Patricks Church , built in 1850's by Irish Immigrants to Richmond Va.

Sorry,  the last bit got cut off

an idea of how large this tree is

the limbs spread over much of the park

sign on broad street across from St. Johns Church


My grandmother used to live here
built in  1900
Old iron fence in front.

I remember the inside of this home very well,  the stairs seemed so long and narrow, there was a skylight in the hallway
Grandma and I, along with her friend - Nanny, would sit in the yard eating lime sherbet.
I have always had fond memories of this place
She let me go across the street to St. Johns Church and sit  in the yard
It was fenced and of course very quiet
I remembert the time like it was a few moments ago (sitting on someones above ground grave) I didn't want to sit on the grass and being a kid,  I didn't even think about it

Across the street, advertisement still visible

Grandma used to work here - and would bring me paper that was used for covering gift boxes to draw on
It has been turned into apts.

Looking up the hill from Pohlig brothers-if you click on pix , you can see the larger picture

Pretty home downtown, lots of these fine old places have these very nice wrought iron railings

Very old home here

across the street from Pohligs is this Gallery called - Windy Hill Gallery
I hope to visit there next week as it was closed

Now to show you my table I got from my friend

I love it,  sits on my porch

I purchased this mirror for three bucks at an estate sale

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