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Weekly Photo Challenge – Transformation

There has been some Transformation to our bathtub and boat vegetable garden beds!!! After a seriously good harvest season that went until mid-November, the beds are now totally asleep for the winter. Mulched with rabbit droppings, dead leaves, and a final layer of seaweed that will completely yet slowly break down over the next few months to create fertilizer and soil just in time to start planting again in mid Spring. Sleep well little beds and dream of plump produce!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Experimental

For the last two months or so, the Cortes Island Museum has been putting out a call to contribute a square to a community quilt they are putting together entitled “Where Do You Come From”. So I took the opportunity to work and play with an Experimental thought that has been playing in my mind for some time. Doing a painting with accents of embroidery to make a part of the painting pop!!! So I am very happy to share the square I contributed to our community quilt. I used acrylic paint, collage and embroidery for this piece called “Peace Is For Everyone”. I had a lot of fun creating my square and I got a lot of practice with the idea of marrying embroidery and paint; I love the effect I got and I am thrilled to have participated!

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Peace Is for Everyone by Laura Balducci

Weekly Photo Challenge – Round

This past weekend, I attended a Mushroom Workshop on Cortes Island facilitated by Brigid Weller. It was such a wonderful day – blue skies and great company!!! We all took a walk around the Smelt Bay area in the woods together and found many varieties and colours of the Round button mushrooms. unnamed

We learned how to cook the edible ones, and which ones are poisonous in our region, and we also learned that we can make paper out of mushrooms, that leather is being made from them in Eastern Europe and – my favorite take-away of the day – which mushrooms can be used to naturally dye fabric.

The photo above is of an edible mushroom found on Cortes Island, and below are photos of paper and leather (which does not do well in the rain, btw) and of some of the beautiful colours you can turn hand-spun and naturally-dyed wool! All works are by Brigid Weller who graciously shared an abundance of info with us all!!!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Scale

Harvest season is over and I can honestly say this has been a great season! Our freezer is full and so are the shelves of our pantry. On a Scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this year’s yield an 8. We are two points shy of a 10 because not everything we planted – such as our zucchini, basil and potatoes – were as “bumper” as the rest of our garden. But hey, life goes on! As for the potatoes, even though there were not that many of them (we only got a small boxful) they were all about the size as the one you can see proudly displayed on the Scale below. So yes, half a pound per potato is great and a small box of them is better than none, but nowhere near enough to get us through to next year’s crop as my man loves his potatoes. I still look forward to eating them! xoxo

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Pedestrian

Behold the Pedestrian-only (for both the bipeds and four-legged family members!) path to one of the most beautiful spots on the Salish Sea: Hanks’ Beach!!!

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But do not be mistaken! Even though this is a foot-path, I would never call it Pedestrian as its appearance is ever-changing with the seasons; so it’s never a dull trail to walk and the source of constant inspiration with something new to see and experience every time we walk it… wink wink ; )

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Window

The Window of warmth has officially been lit!!! Even though the sun is still shining here on Cortes Island on the beautiful West Coast of Canada after a couple of much-needed serious rain falls that took the dust away. But in the late evenings and early mornings we have been a tad chilly – mind you, other parts of our country already have snow, but this is cold for us! This Window makes me feel so cozy and is a sight of what’s ahead for fall and winter as I spend a lot of time creating in my studio. xoxo

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