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At Last…Plus Some Artwork

Posted by mrssmythe on April 29, 2018 in Art, Baking, Garden, Week in Review |

At last, we are starting to see definite signs of Spring! So many, in fact, that I felt confident about planting spinach in the Hugelkultur beds on Saturday.

I also added some arugula and some cilantro – plus some seeds. I’m not sure how well the seeds will do. I planted them in roughly composted material as opposed to traditional soil. But, we’ll see. It never hurts to try.

Out front, I finally have some pansies set out – a welcome shot of color this time of year. These were flying off the shelves of the garden center this past weekend!

And, the Bleeding Heart is off to the races. It looked especially pretty after a rain storm earlier in the week. The flowers are just now starting to appear.

Inside the house, the cactus is putting out another shoot.

I can’t wait for the weather to be warm enough to get this guy back onto the porch. Also the geraniums. The geraniums have done remarkably well inside, though, and bloomed straight through winter! I think it was because Ginger was taking care of them. She has a way with plants.

Ginger also has a way with baked goods. Here you see her first ever batch of French Macarons.

I was hesitant to let her try these when she first showed me the recipe. The ingredients are spendy, and they looked difficult. But, in the end, they weren’t as hard as we expected, and they were delicious! Very worth the effort. If you’re interested, this is the recipe Ginger used: French Macarons

And, finally, in celebration of Earth Day, our church held an open art studio today in its fellowship hall. People were encouraged to stop by and spend time experimenting with paints and other art supplies to create artwork that centered on earth-related themes. I manned a poetry booth and Pepper helped with the painting. When she wasn’t coaching younger kids, Pepper was sketching and coloring, herself. Here’s one of several pieces she finished:

I love it! And, it was such a pleasure to have an entire afternoon set aside for drawing or writing or painting in the company of other people who also enjoy doing those things. The thing I kept hearing people say was, “I should do this more often!” I agree.

From the dining room table, hoping to fit in a bit of sketching this evening, myself,

Mrs. Smythe

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