Friday, July 12, 2013

Wildflowers around the homestead

 Bunch Berry
 Mariposa Lily
 Green Wintergreen
 Barn Roses with pink Spider accessory
Miners Lettuce

Family Forest

They used to be called Tree Farms.
Now they are called "Family Forests".
We now have the official designation.
Mike wrote up a management plan and submitted it
to the state. We were approved.
We got this rockin' sign.

Mock Orange on the Half Shell

I found this blue shell on a walk, I carried it with me on my finger tip.
Then I smelled the mock orange in full bloom. I had to take a big bouquet home with me
and I knew the shell would get crushed in the process, so I made this little still life and left it on the rock.

Monday, May 13, 2013


A work in progress.
The old barn is becoming a garden.
I built a gate.
Yep! All by myself.
Every part of it is repurposed
except for a few random screws.
I even used the screws from the ski bindings
where I could.
The hinges were part of the old doors on the barn.
Wait till you see the latch.....
There are some bad@s$ roses in and around
this barn. I have trimmed them up
and tied them up
and cannot wait for their grand performance.
They are likely wild, but are thriving so
they are as high as the walls, and the hips
on them are BIG.
I wonder what color the blooms are?

Blooms 2013

Daffs from the yard,
those big doubles get heavy and fall over
I am forced to pick them!
This must be the year of the trillium,
they are abundant down by the Creek
this year.
The crab is getting ready to burst into blossom!
Purple Trillium.
Bad composure.
I tried several times to get the creek and the flower just how I wanted
No dice.
Breathe in.
Do you get that?
Oh My!
I love that smell.
There are bees too!


Mike started a detail in St. Maries, Idaho in January.
He finished the first week of May.
These fotos are from his last day there.
I came down for the weekend starting on a Thusday.
I snapped these shots Saturday morning while I waited
for him to clean out his office.
His lodging was a one bedroom apartment
that has been converted into guest suites
this is the front yard, basically.
Gorgeous, eh?
It is gorgeous, but deceiving.
There is an ugly, industrial sort of parking lot
between the front door and this.
I just closed my eyes to that part!
It was gorgeous on those cold & frosty winter mornings too.

Full Moon

OK, so the full moon was two weeks ago
but I am just getting to the fotos.
Barb and I headed toward a certain Lake
with satchels full of goodies.
The snow stopped us from getting there
We had an alternate adventure,
found this new place,
a knoll with a brilliant view of the Cabinets,
and stumps for a perfect picnic.
(too bad the foto didn't turn out better!)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Deer LOVE tulips.
I haven't planted them because of that fact.
But last fall, I caved and purchased a few bulbs
 I planted them in the garden
where they are safe from deer.
I love this pop of spring color!
If not for deer, tulips would abound in my world!

Old & New

Old nail in the mossy log wall
Wild Roses
New blackberry patch
Rusty Hinges
Moss Garden
Free Fencing
a work in progress
Hauling manure and water to the new plantings
New garden in the old barn


Ruby Peonies
Lemon Sorrel
Daffers & Red Orach

The Question

What Burns In You?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Fools

 Free skiing all week at 49° North.
We made the Monday pilgrimage.
 The "boys" travelled up from Spokane where they have been fans for the weekend.
(NCAA Womens Tourney) and us girls came from the east.
This cracks me up!
When visiting a ski resort, don't you sort of expect an INCLINE?

Easter Sun Day

 Yes! Sun Day!
We keep having them, sunny day, after sunny day!
No complainin' heard in these parts!
I had company and we took a long walk
looking for elk.
We didn't see any elk.
But the evening was glorious in my neighborhood!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Quarter Year

So that is what I missed, from Winter Solstice to nearly Vernal Equinox....without blog posts.
I intend to review the fotos I snapped along the way and perhaps do a flashback post.

Captain Safety Meeting!

 A fellow blogger, who also stopped due to the fees, sent me an e-mail saying that she was able to post some fotos. I quickly went to her blog to catch up and then decided to try it for myself!
Wheeeee! It worked! Here I am!
I have a purpose for my pictures again!
 It was Crazy Days at Turner Mountain on Saturday.
Here are a few crazy costumes.
unbelievably, these are the only fotos I took all day.
See? I have been distraught about what to do with all my fotos,
I just don't take that many anymore.
Well, the landscape is not the best for stunning fotografy right now...
what with a winters worth of dog poop and beer cans surfacing from beneath the snow....
But yeah, I will get back in the saddle and post a few things here and there.
Stay tuned, unless you have already moved on.....