Sunday, February 21, 2016

Yikes, another month gone!

I have become a very lazy blogger while I am here in Holetown. And it's certainly not because of lack of internet - trust me, I am able to see everything and keep up with emails, Facebook and my "work" work. I guess the days just pass in a rhythm - kind of a Caribbean Groundhog Day - and I forget that I have things to share.

I am not one of those who can turn my back on everything when I am away - and the length of time we stay is more like being at a fabulous cottage for the summer than being on vacation. There are meals to prepare, laundry to wash - it's just a far more beautiful location for the BRRRRR months.

In the past week or so, I have received rugs to share from students in two different schools. The first came from a Loyalist Student who has adapted one of her husband's amazing paintings into an incredible hooked piece. When she does this, it is not exactly the same - the interpretation in fibre always adds that extra dimension. But how wonderful is this!!

If you are attending the OHCG Annual in Deerhurst in the spring, you can see the real mccoy, which is always so much nicer than a photo.

While here in Paradise, I had a visit to Huntes Gardens and saw flowers and foliage that was extraordinary beyond belief and this hooked piece makes me think of many that I saw both there and at the Annual Church Garden party, where the second picture is from.

This island gives me a whole new appreciation of flowers and flower arrangement - either man made or by Mother Nature. By the way, Barbados is a huge winner at the Chelsea Garden Show in England - which is kind of the botanical Olympics, correct?

Continuing on the floral theme, another student from this past fall's OHCG School forwarded me a lovely primitive sunflower mat that is going to become a chair pad. She professes to be the slowest hooker in the world - a statement I have heard countless times. And it begs the reminder that hooking is as much about the journey as the destination.

The more exotic plants may be the winners in the tropical department, but there is still nothing more beautiful in good old Ontario than a field of sunflowers against an azure sky.

Thanks to both of you for letting me share these.

One more plant-inspired tidbit to share. Since my head is already spinning with things for the upcoming Zen and the Art of Doodling class at Trent this year, I realized that practically everything I look at here is another inspiration for doodling.

Case in point, here is a picture of the foliage at my little back table here.

And here is a quick doodle that resulted from it.

Mother Nature not only makes amazing plants for us all to enjoy, she is the original "tangler".

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