15.6.12

Garden Flowers

I've been working on a few different types of flowers off and on for the past while, and last night I was able to put my first iris together...

Initially, I had been slowly making these as one of the submissions I had for the Annual Members Exhibit in St. John's at the Craft Council Gallery...

... tulips...

... many colours-- pinks, blues, purples, reds, etc...

...also daffodils...

... and the apple blossoms that I posted earlier...

...

... some small buds, and many open blooms.
I have ordered stands for them from Western Steel, and they will be done by Tuesday for some of them; others are meant to be attached to a wall with a screw. As this submission did not fit the theme of the overall exhibition, I now have all these delightful flowers in the studio.
Feeling flowery?
Come on out!

14.6.12

Beautiful Mornings!

With the weather the way it is, it seems difficult not to get out and enjoy a little bit... so mornings are now out on the water...!!
Yesterday was my first paddle with two dogs this year-- and it went quite well. My buddies were pooped for the rest of the day...

And for the first time, when I was drifting I saw a flat fish... quickly, I scrambled backwards to try to get a photo, and realised that there were cazillions of them on the flats... no wonder the osprey are always on the hunt!


As you can see from the refelction of the trees in this photo, it's been glassy early on in the day.

Very funny to see how they compete sometimes...

... and great to see how happy these outings make the buddies...

...more racing on the flat beaches in between the cliffs, and sightings of sandpipers, terns, ospreys, and even bald eagles!

Kala, being Kala, still spent a lot of time in the water swimming out to me, racing ahead on land and then jumping in trying to cut me off, but heartlessly I kept on, in the end convincing him that land travel is faster for him than swimming... swimming happens at the turn-arounds and at the end... sort of.

13.6.12

Fancy-ing Up the Greenhouse

Electrical insulators from BC...

... two bottles form Prince Rupert (Beaver Bottling and North Star were two bottling companies that used to be in existence out there-- a little digging in the sands at low tide can produce many treasures), and an old 'mdeicine' bottle dug up from an old dump site in the Stephenville area...

...Mountain Dew bottle, another pop bottle, and two Javex bottles from Ontario...

... a net float alongside canning jars...

... another net float...

... and a decanting bottle...
All treasures from the house!
And since the earlier post about glass jars and aso on, I have had many offers of collections-- some which were conveniently close by and arrived at the doorstep, so the gaps are starting to fill up fast. I am still on the lookout for some more interesting glass shapes, though, just in case there were any around that needed a change of scenery.

1.6.12

Cape Shore Water Dog

This is Kala, our little Cape Shore Water Dog. Actually, not so little, as at 11 months, he now weighs almost 70lbs. I have been exchanging letters with Rober McGrath of Patricks' Cove in Placentia, the man who breeds these dogs, to find out a bit more about their history.
Apparently, the dogs were introduced to the French Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon when the Basques sailors would stop over for liquor and other supplies. These same fishermen would also stop on the South Shore of Newfoundland to dry their catch on the beaches, and to resupply their vessels as well, often leaving a few dogs behind. The dogs were used to retrieve fish in the middle of the ocean, that had fallen off the hooks as they were hauled in, and seem to be fearless of any kind of wild water.


Robert's daughter Jacinta had been to spain and saw these dogs (as in photo above) jumping off the wharves; they look identical to Robert's dogs, and must be from the same line. Robert inherited the strain of water dogs from his uncle Dave (and has been breeding these dogs for over 50 years), who inherited the line from his father before him, Walter Coffee, who was the first person on the CS to have one of these dogs.

Here is Kala, just fresh out of the water, up to his usual tricks... he is not as wooly as some of Robert's dogs, but rather sleek as a seal; suits him just fine!

And there he goes, off to the mainland again!