Wednesday

Peace



May PEACE... LIGHT... and LOVE envelope each and everyone of you


...MERRY CHRISTMAS...

and the Best in the year to come.....






Saturday

Sunrise and Seasmoke




...click pictures to enlarge to feel the effect and imagine looking out from high on a bluff...



The extreme cold of the night has given way to a most delicate sunrise... a little later in appearing today.... due to the mass of seasmoke rising, mounding and billowing above the surface of the Bay of Fundy...

...blocking the view of our neighboring province... Nova Scotia... 30 miles away... altogether...





To watch this happen is like receiving a gift.... from the world... such anticipation...




Light and colors changing... as... and when Nature decides...




Across the snow covered yard...




Past the village below... out into the Bay of Fundy...



The Seasmoke rises... illuminating the tidal marsh ... in various shades of beauty...




It is Glorious!............................ It is Magnificent!..........


...actually words can hardly describe the emotional response this draws forth....





It can't be packaged.... bought or sold...

It gives itself... free of charge.... to anyone who waits for it...


...or if that soul happens upon it by chance.... they will never forget it....
and they too... will become one of those who wait....





This is Mother Natures offering............ her way of saving grace when she causes us mere mortals to endure these -20C temperatures...

A Balance, I would say.....

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Tuesday

My Assistant Picks a Winner




The graceful queen of the household ... No... that wouldn't be me... That would be Tabitha... has agreed to be my assistant on this happy day... She wants to select the winner of the Robin's Egg Blue earrings from my last post, Out of the Blue ...





Here she goes... and with one little dip of her tongue...she has it... pretty helpful isn't she? she has picked that special name out of the bowl..

... yes, an unconventional method of selection but leave it to Tabitha to think her way around a matter... I suppose it isn't any different than licking your finger to turn the page of a book.. naughty habit, I suppose, but I have been known to do it... or really not much different than a frog flicking his tongue out for a fly.... but I digress...

...we should see who's name she's picked.... before she eats it!!





I shouldn't have doubted ... She has it all under control... good girl!! you will get a TREAT for this...

Now Hold it steady, Tabitha and let me have a look... ah I see...





The winner is..... drum-roll...ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta..... Asti.... from Lilys House all the way across the Atlantic Ocean... to England... YEA!!!!!
....oh.. you should see the gorgeous yarn she has been spinning... it looks like a rainbow touched down on her spindle.... she even uses Leicester.. one of my favourite fleeces.... oh I think I will have to bring out the spinning wheel after seeing this... so inspiring and beautiful...

Tabitha and I are so pleased to be sending this little pair of earrings off to you... maybe I'll let her lick the envelope, too!!!


Thank you everyone for joining in and leaving your names, your thoughts and your wonderful comments... you are all special..... it wouldn't have been any fun without you..!!!





This..... is when the Instigator made her appearance... That would be Gabi... the 1 yr. old ... the puppy.... Did she hear the word TREAT?....





"Come on Tabitha..... don't you want to play...... aren't I cute?"





"Maybe this will get her attention".......... Queens sure don't like to play much!...

or maybe they do....... just have to get them started...





When the word "Treat" is mentioned .... even if it is whispered.. I think every ear perks up no matter where they are in the house.... Pirate and Toby aren't going to miss out on this either...

jumping... barking... wagging...growling...yipping... licking... sitting pretty... out and out begging.... and downright stealing...


well... gotta go ... the whole place has gone to the dogs!!!


Congratulations, Asti!!!

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Out of the Blue




BLUE........ brings to mind...

the sea... a clear sky... eyes... old glass... berries...

birds... flowers... robin's eggs... blue-stockings...

music, if plural... la la la la la...

true blue... ribbons at the fair... feelings... out of the blue...

mountains... baby blue... into the wild blue yonder...







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The Copper Angels



Way back in the early 1990's, when we first started making things from copper, this angel came into being...

I drew it out on heavy cardboard and traced it onto the copper... John cut each one out with hand shears.. till his fingers bled, I'm sorry to say... copper edges are sharp and not the easiest to manipulate around all those ins and outs and corners... then they were hammered and the edges smoothed...

We made quite a few... She took care of our whole family for a while... with the sales of her sisters... they fed us... they clothed us... and kept us warm... this is the only one we have left now... and all of those earlier memories are inside her...






We developed a method... to suit ourselves... of patinating copper... to bring out its beautiful verdigris... as you often see in old church roofs... with glimpses of its original color still visible...

...the variations were always different ... always a surprise...

I still find it one of the most beautiful surfaces...





At that time... in our never ending searches for old interesting things, we stumbled across an old church that had collapsed with age and neglect.... long years earlier...

...from this site, we were able to salvage some beautiful weathered wood.. protected under other debris... still sound...and solid... with the grains showing the strength of differing growing seasons, when the tree had more sustenance...

We used portions of this beautiful wood for the bases.. they suited each other perfectly...





We came across this book with its wealth of information on Angels... almost anything, in writing and illustration, you would ever want to know on the subject, I would say... in great detail...


Angels have a reputation as being Divine Messengers... most often they are envisioned as a winged being in Human form... existing as such in the beliefs of the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.... They are also present in Hinduism and Islam...




In Christian tradition, Angels are spiritual beings... created to act as intermediaries between Heaven and Hell.... what ever you perceive these to be...

and not to forget, the Archangels who are said to protect against Demons...




... connected to Angels are Halos... Scrolls... Cupids... and Musical Instruments...




They say there are Angels to watch over almost everything.... The Moon... The Four Seasons... The Planets... The Hours of the day... The Days of the Week and so forth...





Although to balance things out, under the leadership of the Archangels are the Angels of Punishment... who rule over the Seven Divisions of Hell... again, whatever you imagine that to be...



Particular angels are assigned attributes, such as...

Michael..... the Sword for Judgement

Raphael... a Pilgrim's Staff symbolizing Protection...

Uriel...a Book for Wisdom

and Gabriel... a Lily for Mercy...






There is even an Angel's Alphabet........ an Angelic Script...





... most often... innocence, kindness and beauty are associated with the Virtues of Angels....






...a small copper verdigris Star we made at the time... I love the combination of the two textures...




Many believe Mortals have Guardian Angels to protect them through life...

May you be watched over... wherever you are... whether you believe or not....


I am merely the teller...




.... first two masterly illustrations are by William Morris from his book "The Kelmscott Chaucer"
...."The Four Angels of the Winds" by Durer... "The Angelic Script" and the small woodcut... taken from "A Dictionary of Angels"...



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