It is 11:14 a.m. EST, here at Plum Cottage, in s.e. Fl, it is 86 but with the humidity the real feel temp is 96. I think we’ve had rain just about every day for nearly two weeks. Finally earlier this morning the sun came out and I thought now’s my chance, I need to mow. I didn’t get to last week, and rain is predicted every day up until the 9th. So, out I went, it felt good to be outdoors, it took me 45 minutes to mow. I am happy to have that done. I enjoy mowing, have since I lived at home and my sisters and I took turns mowing. There are rain clouds gathering again. The picture below are rain clouds from this morning. It did rain for maybe 5 minutes, then cleared and the sun came out.
It’s been an indoor week needless to say. I’ve done some cleaning, still more to do. I rearranged the mantle for fall, by putting out a cluster of alabaster grapes my dear husband had a friend of ours get when he went to Italy on leave. (This is while we were in Spain, while DH was in the US Navy.) The alabaster has been sprayed the reddish color. It does have a real grape vine section for the stem. I have different scented candles, pine, mulled cider, cupcake, Frangelico, and black cherry that I have sitting on the mantle too. Now that fall is here I feel like lighting candles to scent the room.
This morning another needleworker showed her workspace on her blog and I was relieved. I’m not the only one with a messy work area. That inspired me to take pics of my space after working in here this week. Here is my desk.
This is beside my chair, containers of beads, books, stretcher, etc.
Here is my work space, what a hoot! I need to clear it off, just so I can mess it up again. I ordered 23 tubes of beads yesterday as they were 20% off, so now I’ll have a good selection of colors. I got the email notice while I was working on a beaded embroidered piece.
I finished these two pieces. This coming week I want to get several pieces into my Etsy shop. It’s been awhile since I last had anything in there for sale. Losing my ‘loving encourager’ has taken a toll on me in different areas of my life, that is for sure.
(Edited ~ 5:02 p.m. ~ I just got an email from a friend who is buying the ‘hope’ heart, so it won’t be going into my Etsy shop.)
Blooms at Plum Cottage.
Vanda ‘Miss Joachim’ with morning sunlight hitting them.
This is a wonderful lavender, Lavendula ‘Pinnata’. This does very well in FL. I love the scent. In the background is a bloom of ‘Rose de Rescht’.
Blue Pea vine blooms on the back arbor.
Here are yellow dwarf Poinciana blooms with morning rainclouds behind.
The next three photos are of ‘Kathleen’ one of my favorite roses.
Isn’t this little rose bud sweet? I don’t know what kind of rose it is, but I am enjoying it.
This is a full bloom from the same bush.
‘Rose de Rescht’, what a wonderful scent. I love it. This is from my friend Deb and her hubby Charlie.
This might be ‘Bon Silene’. I’ve still not tackled the west paths in the main garden. Maybe this coming week, in between rain and if it isn’t too hot out.
‘The Paul McCartney’ rose.
One morning this week before the rain started, I felt like doing something different in the ‘creative’ dept. I had these bucket of brass pipes with two holes at one end, that a friend of ours had been going to make wind chimes with. He gave them to us before he passed away a few years ago. They went into our stash of things to do. Well, I got inspired to dig them out after listening to nice you-tube videos with wind chimes making their music. I also dug out a rusty gear DH had in his stash, which I wire brushed, then strung monofilament through the tubes and tied them onto the gear. There are 6 tubes. They sound wonderful. I need to find a round wood piece to hit the pipes and a metal piece to catch the wind. So far I’ve not found what I wanted.
That’s it for now. Enjoy your last weekend in September.
I’m off to take a nap.