Friday, September 12, 2014

Autumn in the Bahamas





this time of year, 
I miss New Mexico...
you never forget the smell of hatch chiles 
roasting in the crisp cool air of autumn..
and the taste of green chile... on ... everything..

as well as the color blue... Taos blue is famous..
but...
 in my new home, I don't have to go too far to
find the color blue..








the gorgeous light creates the most fabulous shades of blue..

we had a short trip and only visited two islands, so we had a lot a lot of down time
which gave us time to read... reading which was a normal part of each day has now become a luxury
with all the things a new home requires...
I fall into bed each night exhausted and the list of to do's seems to grow..








so having time to just be and stroll and read and relax was very welcome...








this island was lovely...
called Coco Cay, it is a private island
used specifically for the cruise line passengers.. I love it because it is 
wooded and the grounds are very lovely...







palm trees, flowering bushes and Casuarina's are thick on the island...
there is a staff that lives on the island and it is very well maintained..








the Casuarina for those of you who do not live near one, is an evergreen and looks like a pine tree,
but it really isn't and the long needles are considered to be branches..







they provide amazing shade and look gorgeous..








blue is not just for skies and water in the Bahamas, 
you can find every shade on buildings too...
this one below was particularly stunning...








and I did not spend too much time in the water due
to these guys...
they look happy though don't they?
step on one and you will be anything but....







there is a lagoon on the island, which is home to large lizards, and I did not see one, since I was so busy shooting water...








when the clouds and the crowds rolled in, we were ready to leave to get back on board ship...
the tenders work all day long constantly bringing passengers back and forth...










I hate to leave you again, but we have another trip planned..
this one with family...

so you will have to wait for my travelogue to Nassau dear readers...

I am working on a small project in the studio, a tiny present, but alas, so much is still packed
 that I have nothing to show for myself...
the furniture is put together and I have more storage than I have had since Fort Collins...
just no time...


thank you so much for stopping by and understanding how hectic it all is...
I read all your comments and take each to heart... and 
I am grateful...

ciao, ciao!


xo


  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mt. Dora





all work and no play
makes Cat a dull girl...
So we journeyed over to 
Mt. Dora

not exactly a mountain...








but definitely hilly...
with a lovely lake..

and some darling shops..
it used to be an antique haven...







and I expected to take some photos of antiques to share with you..
but those days are gone.. or I should say, those shops are gone..

we did find one tiny antique store, but most are tourist shops..

and then there was this beautiful restaurant..
below...







it was stunning and we agreed to try it out the next time we ventured
to the mountain..







the tree in the courtyard of the restaurant was 
spectacular...
below...
and the clock was pretty cool too, I might add...









and the tropicals were beautiful...







then we walked...





out of the courtyard...








and down to the lake...






where this guy was fishing...
and he was so still... he was the perfect subject... 







So finally, the carpet has arrived, 
most of the furniture is put together...
just the flat file remains, and the house is starting to come together..








I have even put a few perennials in the garden...

so we are taking Labor Day week off
heading to the Bahamas...
living in Florida affords us the luxury of those fabulous
last minute cruise deals...

and you know how I love the beach.. 
grin.


I promise....will bring you another travelogue..

so Ciao, Ciao dear readers...



 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Littles





I am still waiting for 
the flooring to arrive..

dear reader.. 
and so have not been able to really unpack,

but I did locate the littles...







that I had been working on
before we left 
Chessy and got them out..







to varnish them at least..







it makes me itchy to get to work,
but there is so much to do..
I don't have time right now...
we still have plumbing issues..
and alas this home had not been maintained very well...

so we are playing catch up..






the tiny pieces here
are small canvas..
the butterflies are hand printed tissue paper..

which ripped coming out of the old printer..
which died and has been replaced..

the ripped tissue was at first a tragedy and then
I remembered that this show is about the patched.. and tattered wing
that continues to fly..
stitched and strengthened..






I smiled to myself as I found places for the tiny torn creatures..








they are untitled as of now...
but I am sure they will speak to me soon..







I am looking forward to new furniture
which we will choose next week..







in Chessy, I was working on a folding table...
not the ideal...
so we will remedy that next week...







and the days are just packed...
I am however painting...

walls...

not the kind of painting I love...
but painting nonetheless..



C4N!




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Welcome Home





It was a rude homecoming, gentle reader..

a musty smell 
and the sickening sound of rushing water...









we soon realized the problem was 
in the back guest room..
the room I had intended to use as my studio...









the culprit below...






I have been excited about this space for three reasons...
one, the light and proximity to the pool... it has a lovely slider
two, it has a small pool bath... perfect for washing brushes eh?
and three, it has a walk-in closet for storage...
  







so, I was dismayed to find that it was the studio that was under
attack from the toilet intake..






the problem was was not just the studio...
we lost the carpet and the pad because there had been a vapor barrier 
and that held in the water...
it had to be completely ripped out, because the floors adjacent to the Studio are all
hardwood and we did not want to loose those...







so we surrendered it all let the restoration company 
pull all the wet material and we submitted to the deafening sound of the dehumidifier and 
the fans..

this week I was able to start searching thru the boxes in the garage and have set up a little makeshift studio... below..




the flooring seems to be healing, but we will have to wait and see what kind of damage we have with the wood...

We have had a lot of rain..
the view below is of the the front yard and the forest across the street...









We have one neighbor on the next street
and you can see their house thru the greenbelt...
so it seems to be very private...





and there are lots of gardening opportunities..
and empty flower beds...
not a flower in sight on the property...
but you know I can fix that...
 grin...





the property sits on a "hill", which means it is a bit higher than the other homes and the backyard
slopes into the forest green space,  






I have seen monarchs and gorgeous yellow butterflies attracted to the one and only butterfly bush in the back yard..

and I have gardening opportunities in the pool cage as well..
so many things to do... but trying to keep my head in boxes and finding homes
for things...







So happy to be here and feeling so blessed that 
we got home in time to save the rest of the house...


I will be out to visit all your blogs, feeling hungry to know how you are all
doing...



ciao, ciao!





Wednesday, July 30, 2014

So Long Chessy





after moving so many times,
I have found it is easier to say goodbye...
if you don't put down deep roots...









still there are always things you miss 
about a place and you leave a little piece of yourself, lost in the energy of
each place you live...

I think...







but you take things with you as well...
what I will miss about Chesapeake is the charm..

I just had to share the quaint and 

Tiny





Farmers Market
which is located in Great Bridge under the tall pines
every Saturday morning...
I am a big supporter of Farmers Markets





This one is sweet and small
and corralled by a fence directly behind it 
which protects the Revolutionary battlefield
of Great Bridge





these are photos of the old baskets that
lie just beyond the 
fencing as you purchase your produce
in the lacy, tree lined, shade...







they are pretty fabulous are they not?
History is one of my weaknesses...
and I loved visiting these baskets each week...








but so is fresh produce and
flowers...






lots of tomatoes...






and a smattering of
baked goods...
which of course I cannot eat, because I am Gluten Free...
but lovely nonetheless...







but I think I will miss my morning walks
the most..
the herons and wading birds...








and all the ponds...
the water ways...

fortunately there is lots of water 
where we are headed...

the studio is packed and 
 I will be taking a long
blog break...
to settle in and get unpacked...

I hope to be back in a couple of weeks...
to share photos of new gardens and new studio space..
see you soon!

C4N!