Greetings dear readers! I am making slow but steady progress on “Stormy Weather: Shine A Light.” The center of the top is all sewn together. Here it is on my deck with probably the best look at true color I’ve been able to show – better than the indoor light on my design wall:
The vines for the first border are all stitched down and all the leaves are made and basted down – only a few of them are appliquéd so still a lot of work awaiting:
Even so, rather than do the leaf appliqué just yet, I decided to do the vine applique for the second border next so I could move on to choose fabrics for the leaves and have a pile of those waiting to be prepped. It’s nice to prep (prepared edge so I turn the seam allowances under before appliqué) about 20 of these a day and spread that job out over time. We have 2 separate weeks of vacation coming up in July (Cape Rosier, Maine) and August (Cape Cod) and the appliqué of these borders might be my take along project. I am kind of wishing I’d decided to appliqué the vines, but not the leaves, with the machine, but don’t want to change mid stream so will stick with all hand work for the rest of this project. Here’s that second vine border, almost done:
And a couple more closeups:
We are in the midst of a 5 day heat wave here in the seacoast area of NH. When it gets this hot (mid 90’s), there are 3 choices for keeping cool – stay in an air conditioned space (we have window air conditioners and fans on both floors of the house so it it relatively comfortable), go to water – the beach or a lake, or go to the mountains. Yesterday we chose the latter and went to one of my very favorite places in NH – The Flume, a gorgeous gorge in the White Mountain National Forest. It is significantly cooler there and Al and I had a marvelous 2 mile hike. Plus the 1 1/2 hour drive each way in the air conditioned car and ice cream after the hike! The Pemigewasset River runs through the gorge and there are several water falls.
It wasn’t crowed at all. Look at these fabulous Jack in the Pulpits along the ledges in one area:
Loved the play of light on the boulders in the river – those stripes!!
The mosses and other plant life on the rock walls was lush and interesting:
This tree was growing right out of the wall of granite!
The waterfalls were so lovely! I feel cooler right now just looking at these pictures!
At a couple points along the trail there were openings with views of the mountains:
A stellar day!! It was still 91 degrees when we got home, but we avoided most of it for that day and were able to be outdoors.
I am not sure if I can post videos to my blog; I’ve never tried it. I may try posting a very short video from the Flume some time in the next few days just to see if I can do it. Would love you to hear the rush of the water from the river. I also have more museum pictures to share and some more interesting pictures from this hike so will do that next time.
Be kind, be grateful, stay cool (!), and cherish each day, Gladi