It's a little sticky here this a.m. I woke at 4-ish to very heavy rain. But it did not last long - not enough to show any measurable amount in the rain gauge. The street, however, looks polka-dotted in front of our house: between the rain and the wind so many crepe myrtle blossoms are now on the ground. There are still plenty in the tree, but the street is covered too, as well as part of our front lawn.
And, as long as I'm talking trees, I will show you how our apples are growing this year - at times they look like huge grape clusters. LOL I took these pictures because Colin was curious.
It's obvious in the smaller picture that a lot of the apples are already damaged - mis-shapen, bad spots, etc. But the sheer amount of them is amazing.
And, finally, still on the gardening side of things, Fletch is using some of our bamboo to create hand rails along the top of the garden fence. He spread wood chips on the walk-ways, but the other day he tripped and almost fell, so decided that handrails were needed. He just started to install them late yesterday.
I do love the look of bamboo. Years and years ago, Fletch built a bamboo bridge over our boggy area. I wish that still existed, but 3 decades took its toll on that! You can also see the HUGE rhubarb leaves (like platters) in the above picture. I need to get out and harvest that (again).
OK, time for a Tiny Needle update. Progress has been made on both the large (very) Sampler Aux Bouquets and the Cacti Triptych. First up the large piece.
The vase is beginning to fill with flowers and there is even a little bird perched atop! I would have been much further along, but I had a lot of frogging to do this week...The center stem on the top pink flower was missing some stitches and once I got the flower stitched and then the bird I could see that it was way off, so it all had to be ripped out (tedious work at best) and then re-stitched with a little more length. Here is where it stands overall:
This does not show all of the empty cloth to the right...there is still a ton of stitching to do on this one!
Yesterday afternoon I was able to spend some time on the cacti triptych that Colin sent me. It is a bit more detailed than I initially thought, but I am thoroughly enjoying stitching it. This is the start of the Prickly Pear section.
There are a few more "paddles" to be added as well as more flowers. The little thorns! - kind of hard to see, but they are there.
Obviously I have lots to fill any free time I may come across in my life! LOL Wishing you all a pleasant Tuesday. May it be a gentle one.