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the picture zone… AKA our visit to the Halifax Public Gardens.

Front gates

Front gates

So many pictures from a truly amazing day.  This post will be about the garden visit, and I will do another post about the rest of our time in Halifax.

Truly I am exhausted, in a happy, seen a lot of beauty, sunburned kind of way.  We had the perfect day for our garden tour – it started off a bit cloudy and cool, and then brightened up considerably as the day went on.

We met Helen and Tracy at Horticultural Hall, and were introduced to many people (I would list names, but alas, my memory does not retain names very proficiently!) who were all so pleasant and welcoming.  Helen and Tracy walked us around the garden – sharing stories, history and knowledge.  I won’t recount everything we heard – I’m still processing it all – but I encourage you to visit the Halifax Public Garden site for more information on this scenic, middle-of-the-city treasure.

I think one of my favorite areas was the Duck House.  It’s a little shed/cabin on the edge of a pond… the perfect place to sit and ponder life while listening to the rain falling, or to sit in the shade and watch the ducks and fish swim by.

Duck House

Duck House

Niew from the Duck House

View from the Duck House

Here are some pictures from our garden visit:

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Coral edged garden

Coral edged garden

Brain coral

Brain coral

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Helen, Bo and Tracy

Helen, Bo and Tracy

As a person who loves trees of the twisty variety, this garden was perfection… so much texture and twist… My camera got quite a workout!

I feel so fortunate to have won this prize and to have been able to tour such a pleasing garden with two such excited and motivated people… The love they have for their work came through and made the visit that much more enjoyable.  Thank you Helen and Tracy.

But wait… there’s more!  Helen is a dyer, spinner and knitter, Bo is a knitter/crocheter/designer and I’m a needle felter.  Helen dropped off some plant dyed (dahlia), handspun yarn for Bonnie, and some indigo dyed roving for me.  Wow – these are truly special mementos from our visit, and I’m so excited about them.  Thanks you so much!!

Plant dyed, handspun yarn and roving

Plant dyed, handspun yarn and roving

 

Here’s Halifax!

We’ve arrived in Halifax – yay!  It’s a lovely sunny evening and the town looks peaceful and old… so much gorgeous stone… I’m a happy girl!

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Helen met us at the rail station as promised, and drove us to the Inn.  What a beautiful place – multi-roomed, a kitchen, everything one could need… and there are slanted ceilings and hidey holes.  I love it!  There will be pictures tomorrow (or soon).

In addition to picking us up, Helen brought over a lovely bouquet of flowers that were actually from the Halifax Public Garden – while I don’t know what the flowers are called, I can appreciate their beauty and luscious scent.

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Beautiful bouquet from the Halifax Public Garden

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After cleaning up and getting settled, we went for a walk along the waterfront.  There are still blossoms here – we get to experience them again!

Blossoms and Bo

Blossoms and Bo

We both kept taking pictures long after the light had become scarce – there’s just so much to photograph here – the contrast of old and new, everything and anything to do with water, etc.  After wandering for a few hours we found a pub with live music.  Perfect!  Had a great dinner and wandered back to the Inn.

I’m very much looking forward to the garden tour tomorrow.  Expect more flower/plant photos!

Flowers are fun…

My first flower workshop has been completed – another coming up on April 18 (see the Classes page for more information).  I think everyone had a lot of fun in class this morning.  I’m always so pleased to see how different everyone’s final project is… each flower was unique.  Everyone made a beautiful and whimsical creation.  I find it very inspiring… thanks all!

Flower workshop

Flower workshop

It’s a funny thing…

Did you know that you can wipe up exploded fabric paint from the floor, the table, the cat’s plastic place mat, the counter top and the cupboards, but oddly enough, it doesn’t come off of fabric… Sigh… ah well… live and learn (it’s not like the name “fabric paint” didn’t give me a few clues!). 😀

The happy news is that I have finished my iPad mini cover… Yay!  It went through quite a few versions, but I think I like this one.  It is a bit of an experiment – hopefully it will hold up to the rigours of being hauled around in my chaotic purse.  I didn’t save all the versions as some were pretty unfortunate, but here is a mini retrospective…

Original cuteness, the blackout, the backgrounding and the flower explosions

Original cuteness, the blackout, the backgrounding and the flower explosions

And here is the final product – there is a bit of a glare due to the fact that I used some shiny and pearly paint:

Completed iPad case

Completed iPad mini cover