Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lycklig Resa !

Daughter Anna, nieces Elisabeth and Jessa, and sister Tina ready to leave for the airport on their Scandinavian adventure ! Wish I was with them !
July 19th

Taken in Dalarna by Cousin Per Ingemar
July 24th

Koigu KPPPM 105D
Reminds me of an antique Victorian Christmas - faded velvet, burnished gold, the tree,......

What Is to Come

WHAT is to come we know not. But we know
That what has been was good--was good to show,
Better to hide, and best of all to bear.
We are the masters of the days that were;
We have lived, we have loved, we have suffered...even so.

Shall we not take the ebb who had the flow?
Life was our friend? Now, if it be our foe--
Dear, though it spoil and break us! --need we care
What is to come?

Let the great winds their worst and wildest blow,
Or the gold weather round us mellow slow;
We have fulfilled ourselves, and we can dare
And we can conquer, though we may not share
In the rich quiet of the afterglow
What is to come.

William Ernest Henley

Monday, July 23, 2007

Lavender Festival

...To lift the spirit, cheer the heart and make all sweet.

Kind friend and coworker Debbie treated me to the Lavender Festival in Sequim this past weekend. It was so relaxing and alot of fun. Eight Lavender farms were on the tour, plus a street fair in town. Everything made with lavender-cheesecake, ice tea, ice cream, BBQ sauce, lotions, soaps, candles, plus much, much, more. The fields were beautiful and the fragrance wafting everywhere smelled lovely.
We stayed at a charming bed and breakfast on a farm which has been in this family since 1870. We sat in the evenings on the big wrap around porch with a view of the Straight in the distance, knitting and watching the cows meander about. The smell of salt air is so wonderful. Ran into Port Townsend for a few hours and checked out two yarn shops. I managed not to buy anymore thank goodness ! Debbie picked up some Misti Alpaca to make a hat for her daughter.

A little pink amongst the lavender.

Hanged up in houses,
it doth very well attemper the aire,
coole and make fresh the place to the delight
and comfort of such as are therein.
~~By John Gerard, 1597.~~

My lavender products-linen water, honey, lavender citrus lotion, and candle.

Mother Alpaca and her nine day old son.

Debbie knitting while waiting for the ferry.

This came from Leena Riihivilla while I was gone. I couldn't resist ordering them ! They are beautiful.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The sun feels good

Det är en ny lugn dag. Min lilla damm med vattenfall låter
behagfullt i bakgrunden, medan jag skriver. Vädret är perfekt. inte för varmt, inte för kallt.
I morse plockade jag lite smultron att ha i min smoothie. Dessa små
bär smakar så gott. (REALLY edited by PI)

Proverbs 18:4
4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters,
but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Ordspråksboken 18:4
4Orden i en mans mun äro såsom ett djupt vatten, såsom en flödande bäck, en vishetens källa.

Gallica ; Rosa Mundi
12th Century
Named after Fair Rosamund, the mistress of King Henry II of England
(Heirloom Roses)

Portulaca grandiflora ; Moss rose

Feverfew ; Tanacetum parthenium

Haven't progressed much with my knitting. This yarn is from my stash. I bought it at the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat Marketplace. Lovely yarn created locally by Rainshadow Farm. Don't know why I'm in a purple phase !

Evelyn suggested awhile back that the nystpinne is an excellent way to wind up scrap yarn. Thanks again Barbro !


Love dies
Knit one
Purl one
Cast off.

linda jenkinson

This sums it up !

Monday, July 09, 2007


Anna, Ryan, and Marc are on the annual 4H Natural Resources Whale Watching trip on San Juan Island right now. It is a wonderful opportunity to see these wonderful creatures. It is awe inspiring to see them breach, swim under the boat, spy hop, and more. Cell phone service is pretty non-existent so haven't heard if they've seen any yet. They have the digital camera so no picture taking for me until they return on the 13th. Ryan started a painting of this sunset. It is looking wonderful so far.

Picture taken by Lee on San Juan Island 2006

A heart's sunset

Out over the ocean, its waves are silent where they lay; a magnificent orange orb of fire drops down to be swallowed by the ocean.
The orb's spears of light slice through the water.
Down and deeper it cuts
This is the magnificent beauty of the sunset.
Everyone has one in there heart.
Can you find your sunset?
A priceless sight that the heart can conjure,
as the orb seeps below the horizon, to the signify the dawning of the new day.
The new day will bring new changes and people.......

Natalie Vail

Pictures courtesy of the Center for Whale Research

Psalm 104:25-26

25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

Psaltaren 104:25-26

25 Se ock havet, det stora och vida:
ett tallöst vimmel rör sig däri,
djur både stora och små.
26 Där gå skeppen sin väg fram,
Leviatan, som du har skapat att leka däri

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July !

Climbing Rose "4th of July"

We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear-brought experience.
George Washington