Some much needed rain at the farm today

May 28, 2016

 

Sage, apples, lavender – everything is growing beautifully at the Woodwynn Peace Garden! With the weight of the fruit, some of the trees needed staking and that was on today’s task list.

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And we’ve been watering for several weeks now – with an easier system than last year… bigger barrels, more of them, and a pump with long hoses that spray. This is bliss compared to last year – small barrels, a holding tank, a short hose and the dip-the-pitcher-into-the-buckets-that-are-too-heavy-to-carry method of hand watering. This was slow, but it did give us a chance to assess each plant every time we watered. Now that the plants are well-established, they need less attention and less water as well so it’s still a task, but not as grueling as last summer. Just the same, all the water still comes from a distant pump on the farm and has to be transported with a truck.

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Even with our easier system, the forecast of a cooler summer is welcome to us! We were delighted with today’s rain. Glad that the volunteers who came out today were not afraid of the weather and we thank them for all the weeds they pulled! The compost heap is now Very Full. We have the weed situation basically under control, but we know that those thistles and blackberries would dominate quickly if we left things for more than a few weeks. That’s why we keep at it, every week, during the growing season.

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Oh and I can’t stop playing with panorama shots and iPhone “special effect” apps. This image is the east barn near the pump house.

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My thoughts on the Chemainus production of “Harvey”

May 14, 2016
I’ve already written this for my Facebook friends, but here it is again for others….

First, my super big “Thank You” to Chemainus Theatre and to all the supportive folks who visited or shared their best wishes to me for my glass-exhibition-artist-reception last night. My glass will be on display for the duration of the play “Harvey” which runs till May 28. I saw the play last night and absolutely loved it!
And here is my “review.”

The Chemainus production of “Harvey” is truly wonderful. I have always been deeply moved by the story and in this interpretation, there is all around great acting and a really magical transition from a grey world to one that pops with colour. I was reminded of exotic birds – revealing their glorious plumage in a dance of life. What a great symbol to represent the tension between our inner lives and the constraints of reality. To me “Harvey” is a gentle and perfect exploration of the things that really matter.

http://chemainustheatrefestival.ca/our-shows/harvey/
http://chemainustheatrefestival.ca/review-harvey/

Deryk caught a photo of me at the reception evening and I’m posting some other photos as well. I hope that light shining through coloured glass does a bit of what “Harvey” does: adding brightness to the everyday world.


I Recommend Pleasant

May 4, 2016

In the play (and movie) “Harvey” the main character says something that I love:

‘Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, “In this world, Elwood, you must be” – she always called me Elwood – “In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.’

That is why I was delighted when I was offered the chance to have a showing of my glass-on-glass mosaics at the Chemainus Theatre during the month in which they are performing “Harvey.”  What a wonderful opportunity!  A vintage whimsical play and mosaics — as whimsical as I can make them — from recycled vintage glass. There are 23 of my glass pieces in the exhibit.

Here’s one that I titled “I Recommend Pleasant”. It’s 16” by 29”, has zinc edges (thank you Deryk) and is built on a piece of glass shelving that was in our bathroom closet until just a few days ago (we are in the middle of a reno.)  Blue dots burst out of a heart-embossed blue bottle. The world is surrounded with colours from the forest and sky and sun. There are flowers and shells – even a bee and a lizard.  Things you might notice if you have a chance to relax outdoors on a summer’s day, as Elwood often does….

I need to take a good backlit photo of this piece – as it would appear if you hung it in your window. For now, hopefully these will give you the idea.

 

Here’s more information about the show:

http://www.twoglassyladies.ca/?p=9556

http://chemainustheatrefestival.ca/plan-your-visit/gallery-gift-shop/current-exhibition

 

 

 


Exhibition in Chemainus

May 3, 2016

I’ve written a bit on the TwoGlassyLadies blog:

http://www.twoglassyladies.ca/?p=9556

Here’s a photo or two of “getting ready”