STITCH LINES...... Ramblings on life as a quilter, stitcher, traveler, photographer, gardener and lover of books, cats and fine chocolate....

Friday, October 30, 2009

Creepy Creatures....

I am so happy to tell you, I have finally finished all my outdoor work. It feels so good to know it's done for the year. All beds are now covered in thick leaf mulch and the chicken wire is on to hold it down in a windstorm! I raked and finished the last small area this afternoon. I always like to have this done before Hallowe'en night, as you never know who's roaming around. I'm just "in under the wire" this year! haha Now I can begin my hibernation - in my studio!! Yeah! I have spent some hours at my machine this week and it feels sooo good!! Next week is our Guild Annual Retreat so I am finishing up some little things for that- can't show you any pics right now, but check back on Monday- I'll show you one of the little projects (great for a Christmas idea) that all attendees will be receiving.

Getting back to my gardens- I'm always a little sad to see the end of the gardening season come. While chopping down all my perennials, I'm making mental notes of what needs moving, splitting, etc. for next year. I guess it's true what they say about gardeners- we work all summer and dream all winter.... It's always fun to look ahead to next season and think about what you'll do differently, and also to think back over this season. There seeemed to be more failures this year than usual; I'm blaming that on the poor weather and lack of sunshine.

Part way through the summer, I treated myself to a new digital SLR camera, along with a zoom lens with macro capability. So I've had fun playing with it a bit. I still have lots to learn, but thought you might enjoy seeing some of the creepy creatures that visited my garden this season. There are many creepy crawlies that I hate to see (like lily beetles, slugs and earwiggies) but those pictured here were not so bad. In fact they were quite co-operative in posing.. :) Hope you have enjoyed viewing some of my gardening efforts through the summer. I'm already counting the days till next summer and gardening season again.....

And now, I will leave you with a little poem for Hallowe'en

Hallowe'en Wishes

Since this is the time for witches and bats,
Hallowe'en spirits and ghosts and cats,
Weird happenings and witches brew,
These are the things I wish for you:

May the only spirit you chance to meet
Be the spirit of love and warm friends sweet.
May the tricks that you are asked to do
Be a trick to help you gain a friend or two.

So, by tomorrow pick three friends sweet,
And give them all a Hallowe'en treat.
You only have one day, so hurry!
Leave a treat on the doorstep, then flee in a hurry!
~ Author unknown

Happy Halloweeeeeen
"Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf's a flower".
~Albert Camus


Laura Hubbard said...

The third picture down is possibly a new favorite of mine...
Way to go, mama!


GailM. said...

Wow, what a nice idea. Who knew that bugs could make such a nice focus feature in photography. I'm feeling the need to learn how to use my macro feature on my camera. I agree with Laura, the green bug picture is a star.

I hope you have a wonderful retreat. While you are at the quilt retreat, I'll be home having my own little quiet time in my sewing room.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe pictures of creepy things can be so amazing! Great photography Linda & I am looking forward to a peek at the retreat attendees project. You actually make me think I could be a gardener! LB

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