This morning Nils will attend the commencement ceremonies at Linfield, and then another term will be behind us. As we move towards this luxurious time of summer, the wisteria on the back deck are breathtaking, but fleeting with our unusually warm spring weather. It is seldom that this time of year would bring us day after day in the 80's, so the azaleas, rhodies and all the other glorious spring blooms are even more treasured. I didn't even have time to pick a bouquet of lilacs before they were withered and dry.
But the heat and sun have been a shortcut to garden success, and never, in a lifetime of gardening, have I seen such a picture-perfect vegetable garden. Everything is super-sized, perfect and delicious, and we look forward to months of home-grown organic food. Fortunately we built a 7 foot tall deer-proof (we hope) fence around the garden as yesterday I spotted a doe with a very newborn fawn by her side. After watching deer all my life, I am still always delighted by the fragile beauty and vulnerable charm of the fawns while being amazed by their strength as they run full speed through the forest to keep up with their mothers.
Summer will bring more time in the studio again, and we both look forward to creating new bodies of work. Also on the agenda is creating a clay mural for the side of the house, which we will do collaboratively. My blog will follow the whole process of that creation.
Summer will also bring photos of the studio and some step-by-step views into the process that allows me to create my assemblage pieces (as well as glimpses into the cluttered world that is my half of the studio!).