Another ritual of the season is pond work. It is not often done with snow flakes in the air, but double clicking on the picture will bring some into view. A brisk wind and 36-degree temperatures made the job a difficult experience this year.
The upper level of the deck installation is hosed as Dave Young, partner of Clearly Aquatics, makes his way up the walk after working on the lily pond behind the barn.
An early algae growth on the stones is treated with powder as Dave finishes "sucking" up last year's residue. He doesn't enjoy working on the cobblestone base of our construction. He and his partner flip a coin every year to determine who draws our work. Dave lost!
Bill stays bundled up and performs his duties as resident Kibitzer and supervisor. After the workers leave, it takes a few hours to refill the ponds with water. We have a well with unimited capacity, which helps this part of the process!
The April meeting of the Genesee Valley Quilt Club was held last Thursday, and as you can see, we had our usual large attendance. With almost 400 members, most meetings draw well over 200 attendees.
One of the regular features of the meetings is the Sale Tables, where members can offer their things for sale.
This month, Beth Brandkamp brought in several of her books and fat quarters and sold almost all of what she had for sale. Keeping her company is friend Bev Kondolf.
For the other sale table, Priscilla brought in many of the treasures she has collected on her recent trips to India, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Sitting to Priscilla's left is her daughter, Barbara, who came to help at the tables.
I wore a jacket to the meeting that I got from Priscilla that she brought back from one of her trips and received many compliments on it. Anne asked for a picture of it so she could make a version of it for herself.
A long, hard winter is being followed by a late, cool spring (Hardly seems fair!). The familiar signs of season change are near.
We've added hoops and protective netting over the tulips in our raised beds, in hopes of deterring the deer who've already been grazing here. The daffodils that are blooming in the back bed hold no interest to the deer.
Our weeping willow trees deposit a collection of branches and leaves that are raked up into piles. Some bush trimmings from the front row line of trees join the collection.
The old tractor picks up more refuse and heads for the burn pile out back. The tractor has been sent to the repair shop for some tune up work. As a 1968 vintage, it may need a lot of rejuvination. We'll find out when the service manager calls!
The peepers will soon be out, and a tree frog sticks to the studio window. Maybe he likes quilts?
Beth has progressed beyond the background fabrics for her Lions composition, and you can see the beginnings of the lions taking shape. There's still a lot of intricate piecing on her agenda!
Priscilla (who is hiding under her quilt....) has moved into the quilting phase with her Leaves composition, and is using "invisible" thread on her leaves of many colors.
Priscilla is working to get the quilting done on this piece for an upcoming show. We keep telling her that she can no longer claim that she's not a quilter.... :-) That title is now added to her other titles which include Wearable Artist and World Traveler.
Suki makes sure that she helps all studio visitors feel at home -- by taking naps on their chairs when she's not asking them to let her in and out of the studio door.
The studio was built by New Energy Works (Timberframers, Housewrights & Joiners) as an addition to the west end of our existing house. The timberframe structure is 23 x 33' and was built using reclaimed douglas fir timbers. The interior cabinetry was made from reclaimed rustic beech, and the countertops
from Australian Jarrah wood. The construction started in April, and we moved into the studio in August 2007.