I’m hurrying to beat the deadline for Friday’s Hunt. We’ve had a beautiful weekend here, 70s, and spent a lot of it in the Great Outdoors. Now, down to blogging business!
We are looking for Starts with F, Week’s Favorite, and Heart.
F is for Flower, Camellias are in bloom.
My Week’s Favorite features a Mourning Dove on a blustery day.
Heart–I should have taken pics of some of the valentines I made! Good thing I played around in my art journal. Background stencil from Stencil Girl Products, designed by Traci Bautista. (Work in progress)
Share Your World
Wednesday? Who stole Monday and Tuesday?
My daughter gave me an extra planner she had on hand so now I can see where my days disappear. It’s much easier than remembering!
Here are Cee’s questions (and my answers) for this week:
Are you a traveler or a homebody?
I lean more toward homebody.
What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it.
Personally, I’d like to make them all go away.
Describe yourself in a word that starts with the first letter of your name.
List some fun things for a rainy day.
Mixed media and embossed card recently made with my Sizzix Big Kick–shown in this post: https://pattisjarrett.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/willy-nilly-friday-5-92/
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Let me check my planner…I’m grateful for a warm day last week to clean up the flower beds; I look forward to the Million Bulb Walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden–viewing two miles of Christmas decorations before they open to vehicular traffic.
Well, there you have it. Please share your answers with us–you can link a post to Cee’s blog, or respond in the comments. I always enjoy reading your responses and getting to know you better.
This week the hunt is on for Starts with Q, Week’s Favorite, and Fall or Spring
This is part of a quilt I saw at MAQF 2016. I wish I’d gotten the artist information.
Breakfast at my favorite place, Panera Bread.
Fall, one of my favorite fall photos from Norfolk Botanical Garden.
Japanese Garden at Norfolk Botanical Garden
This good fence serves the botanical garden well. It is one of my favorites.
I probably won’t get to visit linked blogs until the first of the week. Taylor returns to Hope of Life in Guatemala this weekend.
Wild Bird Wednesday
Sorry I haven’t been able to visit as much this past week, life’s been a little busy around here.
This was taken ten days ago, when I escaped to the botanical garden where all is right with the world. Or so it seems. A raccoon foraged for food about 3:00 in the afternoon. That seemed a bit early for a nocturnal animal, but considering it was spring, there were probably little ones somewhere waiting to be fed. My camera is still acting up, and I couldn’t get a decent shot of it. Frustrating.
I walked my usual trail, hoping for some birding activity. As I neared the dock where I often see the Great Blue Heron, that’s where my gaze was focused, off to the right of the path. As the path curved left ahead of me, I caught movement in my peripheral vision. Turning my head, what do I see but the Great Blue Heron smack in front of me in the middle of the trail, holding a fish! We were both startled, and since it had wings, it took off for the dock.
Content with what might be a decent photo, I moseyed on my way and hadn’t gone far when I saw what I believe to be the underside of an Osprey close overhead. Sorry, no photo of that one, either. That could explain why the heron sought the cover of the tree canopy, evading others that might want to snatch away his dinner.
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday where anyone can join in the fun, or just stop by to see birds from all over the world.
Great Blue Heron
This week’s prompts: The letter X, Week’s Favorite, and Water or Wet
Starting with water, Norfolk Botanical Garden borders on Lake Whitehurst. I eased onto the low bench at one of my favorite observation spots. I’d hardly gotten situated when I saw a Mallard‘s head pop up in the marshy area in front of me. The water level is higher than usual with all the rain we’ve had, bringing the water’s edge closer to the bench. I got the camera ready, and in focusing, I saw several little heads pop in line right behind her – seven to be exact. And off they went. I felt badly for having disturbed them.
My Favorite shot is one I struggled all week to get. Grayscale makes the silhouette more visible, otherwise the shot was trash! This is a young Downy Woodpecker
hanging on for dear life figuring out how to get into the Starling-proof suet feeder.
Young Downy figuring out the feeder
Yes, I saved X for last. Thanks to my gluten-free granddaughter, I happen to have this on hand.
This week we’re looking for something that starts with J, week’s favorite photo, and a cuppa.
Japanese Garden at Norfolk Botanical Garden
A favorite photo from this week is a quilt I saw at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.
And here’s a huge cuppa found when we were strolling Fredericksburg’s Old Town.