Saturday, May 05, 2007


I was up and out for my walk at 5:00 this morning. With the humidity at 86%, it might as well have been raining.

Almost finished with this quilt. It won't be very large and might be better as a wall hanging. Here are some details as I get on with the quilting.

More rain. I know we need it, but every day? Well, we did have a bit of a break yesterday, and I transplanted two of my clematis that will be in the way of the new addition...if we ever get that far. I've been transplanting the contents of two beds, gradually, for the last several weeks and so far, everything has revived immediately.

The beautiful iris again. See how black that bud is as it prepares to open? Like black satin. Little raindrops decorate the petals. (You can click on the picture to enlarge.)I found this little bit about the symbolism of the iris:

Since Iris is the Greek goddess for the Messenger of Love, her sacred
flower is considered the symbol of communication and messages.
Greek men would often plant an iris on the graves of their beloved
women as a tribute to the goddess Iris, whose duty it was to
take the souls of women to the Elysian fields.
- Hana No Monogatari: The Stories of Flowers

I finished All Creatures Great and Small last night and closing the cover was like saying goodbye to an old friend. There are still more of the Herriot books to re-read, though, and so it will be only temporary parting.


  1. Isn't it wonderful to love a story so much you don't want to finish the book?

    Beautiful iris. Makes me want to go plunk down $600 for a new SLR camera.

  2. I like the orange and green together in top photo. That purple iris is so pretty! Last night I went to your book blog and when I read titles of books you read I was curious how you choose your reading material. They all sound very interesting. I also checked out the Bookmooch site...sounds great for the avid booklover/bookbuyer.

  3. Those dark iris blooms really are scrumptious. You are in inspiring me to re-read some favorite books. Despite the stack of new reads that are waitng for me, there's something special about revisiting old friends, in written form.

  4. I love the Herriot books, and they are also on my list of re-reads. I laugh and cry while reading them.

    Your irises are gorgeous. I had hundreds of them back home. Out here they grow tall and bloom early, but the blooms aren't as vivid as they were down South.

  5. Rian - Oh, yes--the kind of book that moves you into a world you would like to live in!

    Connie - Someone else asked about how I choose books recently, and I did a post on the topic and asked the question of others. Enough answers and methods to keep me reading for years!

    ACey - I'm in love with these iris and am going to have to move them (along with everything else I can salvage) from this bed. I'm so grateful to Thomas for sharing them with me.

    Re-reads do hold a special pleasure, don't they?

    Vicky - Hope you get to read the Herriot books again soon as they are just as charming the second time around!

  6. i like the graphic quality of the quilt. and i am inspired to lace one of these beautiful iris in that quilt garden of mine.

  7. I LOVE those books!! I didn't read them while in school, but my daughter had to read them as part of her English class, so I read them after she was done with them. And I've read them several times since then. There aren't too many books that you can read over and over and still enjoy immensely.!!

  8. anon. - Thanks. I'd love to see your quilt garden!

    Marcy - They are wonderful books, and I'm glad to hear that your daughter had to read them as an English assignment.


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