Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday Morning Snaps

Thought I might try out hubby's new camera, I refer to it as 'the beast'! It's quite alot bigger than my 'pocket rocket' camera which fits perfectly in my hand bag.
Unfortunately my little camera is playing up so until some clever person can fix it for me, 'the beast' will have to do.
I took 'the beast' for a little roam around the garden Sunday morning. A beautiful , sunny morning, I was a little bit snap happy, but have just chosen a few favourites to share with you all.
These Tulips just keep coming up year after year, creating a splash of colour in my front garden.
The cat has his afternoon nap in this garden bed and the chooks often head around here when my back is turned and they scratch away the mulch but these Tulips keep on keeping on.
Their colour is stunning and the camera has captured it perfectly.
The standard roses above the Tulips are Camp David, beautiful ,deep, red roses, with that wonderful rich scent. I love them, they provide me with many blooms to cut and take inside and fill lots of vases with.

Crab Apples, don't you just love the combination of raspberry pink buds opening to a paler pink, mixed with the green leaves.
Click on the photos to enlarge and enjoy all their beauty.

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

The Nashi Pear is flowering. Love the contrasting little black 'dots' on the stamens inside the flower .
If you have never had a Nashi Pear, it's like a cross between an apple and a pear and they are lovely, sweet, juicy and crunchy.
Can't wait until the tree is fruiting.
When you are out in the garden working away and need a break, just grab one of these and sit in the shade and enjoy it, mmm................

Yes, more book covers . Three very different styles.
The chicken fabric has been sitting in my stash for way too long, so I whipped up a couple on Saturday afternoon while I watched the AFL grand final. I'm not a huge football fan (or should that be a huge fan of foot ball, hmmm! ) but this game had me on the edge of my chair for the last ten minutes or so.
In the end it was a draw and they have to come back next Saturday and do it all over again.

I was quite happy with how this turned out. It's a bit different for me but I think it's quite cute and I found a lovely saying to go with the picture:- "Man's heart away from Nature becomes hard." Standing Bear.
Whoever Standing Bear was or is, I think he made a very good point, don't you?
This week is a busy one with work, so not alot of sewing will be taking place. I will have to wait till Saturday before I can really crank up the sewing machine.
I hope your week is a productive one and full of creative moments.
Don't forget to take the camera with you and snap some of the beauty around you to share.
Till next time, take care,
Claire X


  1. Wow you get up early on a Monday Claire !
    These covers are just riveting - I am so taken with your skill and designs - you better be having a market stall when we visit the big island next year !
    The Beast certainly takes excellent piccies - well worth the investment - your tulips are glowing.
    Our Crab Apple is just at the same stage - it is a purple flowering one, and the apples are deepest purple in autumn too.

  2. Wow...great photos..that is some camera! Beautiful flowers and I simply adore those red tulips!!!
    Seriously in love with your book are so darn creative!
    Keep up the beautiful work

    Janet xox

  3. Hello Claire, your tulips are so fiery and healthy, hope you post pictures of the roses later too. The book covers, wonderful!

  4. Hello Sweetie, I have been so busy I have neglected my blogging pals...sorry...I hope you are your fab makes...

  5. Am trying not to feel too jealous as I sit here in my jumper and big socks, watching the rain fall and a cold wind gust through the trees - I know that in a few months time it will be turn about, so I will enjoy spring again through your camera, and pretend I can smell the lovely blossom. :)

  6. Wow! I think you and the beast should spend more time together. Your photos are gorgeous! I Love the nashi flowers. Might have to plant one of them in the orchard.

  7. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Your flowers are so pretty, I love the bright red tulips!
    The books covers are beautiful too!
    Have a great weekend! :) x

  8. Claire, I don't know about your particular quote, but Standing Bear was from the Ponca tribe, and lived near present day Omaha, Nebraska (where my daughter goes to school) He was an amazing person, because he stood up for all native americans when he went to court to tell the American Government that Native American people were "people", that they had the "same blood" running through their veins as white people.

  9. Hey Everyone, thankyou so much for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely, encouraging and thoughtful comments.
    "The Beast" has certainly taken some fab pics unfortunately hubby has taken it away for the weekend, so it's back to using the "pocket rocket"
    Julie, there will definitely be photos of the roses in a couple of months, I just looooove them.
    PG I feel a little envious thinking about your rainy, windy weather! Big jumpers and socks and heaters, mmmm........ I shall enjoy our Spring on your behalf.
    Jenevieve, thanks for visiting all the way from Scotland, oooh I love that place.
    Gayle, thanks so much for the information on Standing Bear. I would like to think it is one and the same person. The saying I chose for that book cover will have even more meaning now that I have a bit of background information.
    Have a great weekend everyone.

    Claire X


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