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Wrinkles

Monday, June 10th, 2013

More show up on my face every year. Some say one should be proud of wrinkles as it shows a life rich with experiences and history. That is true, but I’d rather not have them :b I started thinking that I wanted to make some figures that have wrinkles and still look beautiful, I’d call it sublime if pulled off. Not sure that I have or not, but this is one of the wrinkles pieces.

wrinkles

Cut down all of the lettuce about seven heads left, all having bolted :( bummer. I retained the core and plan to try and move them to a shady spot. I love going out back and picking dinner. The tomatoes are doing great and are taller than I. I planted a variety, some grape tomatoes, heirlooms, yellow, romas and I can’t remember what else, there are so many different kind.

tomatoes

There is going to be so many that i will have to jar them or give them away.

My gigantic romaine

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

thrills 😀
Romaine

California weather

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

The back yard is looking green, with near 80 degree weather and intermittent showers everything is growing.

yard

this is what the yard looked liked before we moved in last year:
hgtv back yard view And then we graded it:

I think the grading somehow stimulated the weeds since its knee deep towards the back fence and sides. Ferocious weeds.

there is still much to do to get the property in shape but it will take time. I did get some peppers and tomatoes planted and want to get some artichoke plants.

I also took last years Halloween pumpkin and cut off the top, and put soil inside and watered leaving the seeds intact. Then later dh cut a circle from the bottom and planted the whole thing. I’m thinking the shell will naturally compost itself.

pumpkin I’m excited about it as I would love to grow a whole bunch of pumpkins and the vines are especially pretty and the blossoms edible.

Bird not to be

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

I have had this root sitting on my dresser since last summer. I was going to turn it into a found object bird, but I noticed today its growing.

bird

bird growth

and these are acorn heads

acorns

Happy Easter :)

Sunflower against an Ojai Sky

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Sunny disposition from a flower
moody disposition from an owner

vacillating
daily, surreality
little reminders, bigger reminders, obsolete reminders

The computer has been recomposed. Grateful to the other half.
Still, I have only lost May, June, July.
In the biggest scheme of things its not much.
Whatever it was is gone. gone. gone.

Today.
Walking is in store.
Painting.
Groceries.
Music. Adele. Sarah Jaffe. Christina Courtin, Duffy. Sarah Siskind.
And some mundane.

I am friends with mundane.
We get along quite well.

Off the art topic and on the life topic

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Because life and art co-mingle like besties:D
We moved out to Ojai in January (in case you are not a regular follower of this blog) into a real “fixer upper”, both the property and the house had barely been touched for some forty years. So, we knew we had a challenge on our hands and because the house hunt and then the moving in process and then the fixing up process usurped so much of my time I have only recently been able to start making art again and that has been like “going home”:D

Now I’d like to share the story of our back yard.

When we first moved in back in January it looked like this:

The terrain was very rugged with mounds of dirt from all the gopher tunnels, there must have been 40 gophers until the hub aka Jerry gopher hunter spent weeks eliminating them. As cute as they are we still could not have them because they destroy all manner of growing things and we have a vision for a yard that is full and thriving.

The ragged terrain also had many weeds and under the surface besides gophers we had wasps, and jerusalem crickets aka “Ninos de Tierra” ( Children of the earth) which give me the heebie jeebies and nightmares. CrEePy!!

Before we dealt with the ground we had diseased trees removed and all the other trees pruned, as they were completely over grown because they had not been touched in so many years. Then we had the ground tilled and graded to even out the surface and create an area for water run off.

The dirt was misery making, as it was very light and with the slightest breeze dust would rise and there would be dust layers on every single thing including the inside of the house where windows were open. The dirt would stick to the soles of our shoes and we would carry it indoors and so I was constantly, all day long laundering throw carpets and towels.

During a particularly stormy day the fence on one side of the property fell down!

So, we had to put up a new one or contend with the neighbor’s dog Thor coming over and doing his biz 😀 HA, anyway, it really freshened up that side of the property 😀

The redwood fence is so pretty!

We also put a new fence on the side of the house where we can drive a vehicle through and a shed because there is no garage.

here is a pic of the fence ‘before’

We had a sprinkler system installed and several stations for hoses with twice the amount of water pressure, now we can keep everything green!

We chose flagstone where the brick path use to be. We both love the colors in the flagstone.

section with spread out pieces of flagstone.

Section on opposite side of the house leading to a shed.

the back yard now, pretty yes?

During the past 7 months, our blind pug has had a hellacious time adapting to the dirt as the area for him to do his biz. So, he would not go until he absolutely could not hold it, during the middle of the night inside the house. He is accustomed to doing his biz on grass. It has been miserable for the both of us, all of us!

Look at him now!
Grass worshiping!! LOL As soon as he steps on the grass, there he goes!! yipppppeeeee!!

We have plans for jelly bean pebble border with maybe rosemary and Mexican sage.

The hub built two fantastic raised beds

(we clearly need to replace the back fence). With the left over sod we created a special pug patch for both the pugs to do their biz. 😀
And so a garden is in the near future, better green living, and a potting shed and composting bin. I also see more fruit trees, rose bushes and lots of flowers. It will take time, but I will enjoy the journey.

Hope you liked the story about our backyard and how meaningful a little grass can be haha..

amaryllis

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

making me cheery

roots

Monday, August 29th, 2011

I should have propagated this amaryllis plant two years ago!

Its much more difficult separating the bulbs!!

Fixer upper on a dreamy property

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

On the weekends the husband and I have been looking at properties, our next house is a fixer upper, LOL!

But seriously, this dilapidated mobile home sits on a piece of property I adore. we went back to see it a second time last week and I still think its my favorite of all the properties we have seen over the past six weeks or so. Someone has made an offer on it, we might make an offer on it too.

One of the things I love about the property is how natural it is with so many different plants. The pretty passion flower I posted earlier was growing up around that mobile home where there is a little gate that opens into a big area that must have once been a flower garden, (be still my heart). From the other side there is a nearly hidden little path that leads to the area I am referring to.
I love it so much.

There are several huge oak trees over a very shallow creek in a corner of the lot. There is a huge walnut tree, and a persimmon tree. I already showed you the artichoke plant. There is also two different apple trees, a lime tree, an orange tree, a lemon tree and a fig tree. Its heavenly to me although everything is completely over grown and covered with spider webs, ickkkk. This stalk is the blossom growing out of the blue agave in the front of the house.

We probably won’t be able to get this property but I can still love it.

I found this rock under one of the fruit trees, it appears to be a fish painted on it.

One of the other things I love is driving up to the property because you go through a tree lined path. Its so pretty. This is looking out to the street:

I can dream…

There is also a house on the property, which I do like but its the property itself and the shape of it that I love. I did post a few pics of the house in a previous post. one of the things I like about the house is the little court yard behind this big doors. The house is shaped in a U.

I do not like the kitchen or bathrooms. I do like the long hallway and tile floors.

Passiflora or the Passion Flower

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

I have written about the passion vine before there are several varieties, this one was growing on a property that I went to see yesterday and its intricate unreal looking beauty is always so bewilderingly perfect.

I learned a little interesting tid bits about the passion vine from Susan Ford Collins who writes about it in her flickr set. In fact she goes into great detail about many wonderful exotic plants, great photos and information.

The shape of the stamens is other-worldly! Purple, white and green spots cover these creature-like stamens. Yellow-green pollen hangs ready for attracted visiting bees.

The Jesuit priests who saw natives of the New World eating Passion fruit took it as a sign that they were hungry for Christianity. In the red species, the color symbolized the blood shed on the cross, the 5 stamens the wounds, the 3 styles the 3 nails, the vine tendrils the ropes and scourges, the 3 secondary leaf bracts the Holy Trinity.

In the blue/purple species, white symbolized the purity and blue, the heaven above. The flower is usually open for 3 days representing the 3 years of Christ’s ministry on Earth.

And this woman uses the passion vine to her advantage

Purple Passion, Passiflora, Passiflora violacea