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flying saucers

flying saucers

I’m not sure that it was the best idea for me to have shown my mother the altered art painting I did. It gave her some motivation to find me even more terrible paintings for use as canvases. This was one of her “finds”. Even with oil painting not being a medium I’m all that familiar with, I’m pretty happy with how well the additions match the colour and “style” of the base picture. (Not that it set a very high bar in terms of required painting skill) While it didn’t impress me much as art, it is in excellent condition and well stretched around a good quality stretcher. I also liked that it has the “gallery” wrapped edges. (the painting wraps around the edges of the stretcher so no frame is needed) The only hard part is how big it is. It’s 2′ by 3′ so someone is going to want/need to fill a large space with something funny for it to find a home. If it’s still around, I’ll probably put it in the booth at some of the summer shows! I’ve got a few more not-great-painting fixes underway, so might have several on offer.

oil painting

oil painting

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Fire next door

Shakespeare fire, 2015

Shakespeare fire, 2015

Last night we heard something going on outside, but it just seemed like some people were talking loudly, so we weren’t too concerned until we heard sirens. A fire had started in the back of Land and Ross, next door to the shop! The firefighters got there in good time and no one was in the shop at the time, so there were no injuries but it was shocking.

The firefighters took a chainsaw to the fence between us, so they could get access and we were all a bit concerned about the towering Norway spruce that, while on our property, rests right up against their store. A few branches did catch, but went out and the damage appears to be very limited. Everyone is relieved it didn’t go up, since the whole thing would have much harder to control, if it did.

Things are still be checked and investigated before the work of cleaning and rebuilding can get underway but it’s obvious that it will be a huge undertaking. So far, it’s been a really rough spring in Shakespeare, so I hope the rest of the year won’t have anymore events like this in store for us!

Land and Ross fire

Land and Ross fire

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IMG_6541It has been a glorious few days weather -wise. With it suddenly in the high teens and low twenties, the plants are busting out all over! We are always especially impressed by the haskap bushes. In just a few years they have gone from sad little sticks to substantial shrubs. The varieties for this zone have been hybridized from the Siberian species and it shows. They are incredibly early in setting their flowers. It’s just a bit odd to have a shrub in full flower at the same time as the daffodils! It’s not a bad thing, certainly as far as the bees are concerned. At one point today I could see almost a dozen bumblebees darting about among them. Even if we didn’t want the fruit, I’d almost be tempted to keep them around just because they make the pollinators happy, and happy bees are essential to a fruitful garden. That being said, we’re still excited about the potential fruit haul. It looks like they might be big enough this year to provide for at least a crumble or two! (and I really like how they also fruit early enough that the birds aren’t providing for nestfuls of hungry chicks yet, so we won’t have to work too hard on fending them off)

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