Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Green!

 Did you see Duchesse's round-up, earlier this week, of ways to bring some spring green into your wardrobe now that the days are beginning to lengthen? She titled her post "Spring greens, from tart to tender,"
 inspiring me to stroll around the garden to capture some of those signs of printemps. . . I found tart in the giddy chartreuse of this Euphorbia, for example. It's a plant that blisters my arms terribly if I'm not careful when pruning it, later in the summer, but it speaks firmly against uprooting when it waves its spring colours. . . .
 And this pale apple-mint green of the Hellebore foetidus flower is nothing if not tender! It might be a skunk-smelling plant (it didn't get its Latin name for nothing), but as long as it keeps sending this freshness up every spring, it's shovel-proof.
 Sadly, too many plants I saw on my walkabout were not deer-proof, but that's a story for another post. Tonight, Pater and I are cuddling up with a DVD (Friday Night Lights, Season 2, so good!) followed by a new episode of Grimm. Tomorrow, though, and Sunday, we're taking a course from my artist girlfriend Alison Watt on Keeping an Illustrated Journal. I've long considered myself to have no artistic abilities whatsoever, but I'd like at least to dip a toe in those waters, and was recently inspired by what Diane Athill says about taking watercolour classes in her 80s.

And my brother and sister-in-law are coming for dinner and staying over Saturday night on their way back from a few days at the ski hill, so it will be a busy weekend -- that will, nonetheless, feel like playing hooky as it's all fun stuff I'm doing instead of marking the papers (I'll pay for that delay next week, but that's still days away, right?)

Whatever you're doing this weekend, I'm curious to know, but whatever it is, if you're in this hemisphere, keep an eye out for those spring greens!

12 comments:

  1. I'm going to EAT a lot of spring greens:)

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  2. I really like how you click pictures. And your writing skill is too good. I always enjoy reading them since I followed you. And it seems like you will be having a great weekend. Thats too good. Take care :)

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope you have a good weekend as well.

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  3. We'll be relaxing and eating leftovers after hosting a party for about 15 of hubby's work colleagues last night.
    Those greens are so pretty - I don't have any green at all in my wardrobe, I think it's time I looked for something!

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    1. Well, you'll deserve some relaxation (and maybe some retail therapy -- shopping for greens!) after throwing a party for 15!

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  4. I am going to take it easy...
    my back is out of whack.

    The illustrated journal class sounds exciting. Perhaps you'll give us some tips post class.

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    1. Do take care . . . out-of-whack backs are so exhausting. Every action gets magnified tenfold.

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  5. Good for you two! One of my friends just took a journal workshop with Rona Maynard and said it was a fantastic experience. We are welcoming spring here with a glass of Équinoxe du Printemps, a Scotch ale made with maple syrup, at Dieu du Ciel. Made only once a year, released March 21!

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    1. Oh, I bet a workshop with Maynard would be stimulatinjg. I love the sound of that Scotch ale, the hint of maple sweetness it must have. Also love the name of the resto? bar? Dieu du Ciel -- the French sounds so much lighter than the German Gott in Himmel, doesn't it?!

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  6. Oh, I have a book on my creative writing shelves on campus that discussed the illustrated journal and now I'm wondering if she is the artist. I am eager to hear about the course.

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    1. Alison has amassed a stack of books on illustrated journals, so I suspect the one on your shelves might be one I got a chance to thumb through this weekend. I do hope to blog about the course, but first I have much catch-up to do work-wise. I still cannot believe I used a during-term weekend for extracurricular activity. . .

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