1. These beautiful apple blossoms on the Scarlet Sentinel tree opened this week in our terrace garden, thanks to some very generous sunshine. Besides being simply ravishing, they tell you that it is too sunny out there for me to stay in here for long (especially since rain is in the forecast for tomorrow),
2. As well, we have a Nine coming to spend the day while her teachers take on some Professional Development. In the afternoon, a Five and a Three arrive with their Mama for a visit (there will be some splashing in the fountain, I predict with confidence). . . and they will all stay for dinner, joined by the Nine's parents when they finish work. Pater has promised cabbage rolls (I know, more winter than spring, but he's very happy to share a vegetarian recipe he's been working on, inspired by a dish I had at Portland's Little Bird restaurant last month) and I'm on the hook for two apple pies. . .
So we could sum up #2 as Family Visits. . .
3. I'm not too worried about the two rainy days coming our way because this (finally--a first package was sent out in early February, I believe, but held up at Canada Customs; this second mailing fared better) arrived in yesterday's mail, with many little portraits of the Queen stuck on to the cheery blue envelope, and inside all these inviting colours -- based on London's Tube lines -- in a self-striping sock yarn by Etsy seller Trailing Clouds. I couldn't resist after seeing K-Line's cheery pairs on Instagram.
5. Besides the Watercolour Classes I'm taking one morning a week for this month and into May, I took a Botanical Illustration class in the neighbourhood this week. Only three hours, but I picked up a few techniques along with some confidence and inspiration. Putting together what I learned in that class, I showed up at my watercolour class yesterday to find the focus was on mixing colours, putting together a colour scheme, before beginning a painting. I realized I had just the subject I wanted in a photograph I'd taken a few days earlier: this one of the Corylopsis Spicata just leafing out -- each leaf unfolds from a beautiful little sheath of burgundy and pale yellow-green, and then is almost Neon for its first days out, with the most intricate pattern of pleats -- I love it!
I'm not quite there yet with the colours, but I'm getting close and I've learned what I need to change. And I'm quite pleased with the planning sketch itself, which also lists the paint colours I used for the mixing -- they have such magical names, I think. . .
Comments below, as you know -- they're always so welcome! Thanks, and Happy Friday!