Thursday, July 20, 2017

Growing Pretty Things


Thought I would share some of my July garden.
This year we have been plagued by tree diseases
and had them treated but a few trees still look sick.
They say next year it will be better.
My roses have a funguses and my veggie
garden isn't doing too great.  My raspberries also didn't
produce their normal quantity.  I don't know. 
I gave them good soil and fertilizer.
Just must not be a good year weather wise.


I was happy to find the red pillows
on clearance and added them to my chairs.
Can you tell my favorite color is RED??


Cartuu really loved sitting out on
the deck while visiting
with us.


I like the red & purple combo, but I am not a fan of these super
purple almost black petunias  above and won't be planting them
again in my boxes. 


This is my favorite flower box on my kitchen window.
I love the wildness of it.


The vines in the planters on the posts didn't do
what I thought they would but the flowers made up for it,
so they still look pretty.



My most favorite thing in the garden is my green house.  Love it!



A lot of the plants around my seating area
 on the deck are for privacy
and the annuals in the pots to attract
humming birds. I have a couple of feeders hanging up on the
post in the middle of the picture.
I was kind of disappointed because I only saw one,
once coming up to the deck.


The other day though, I was weeding and spotted not one,
but two buzzing in and out of my flowers.  They were flying around
each other like they were playing I was excited
to be able to get this pic.




Veggies and flowers are all mixed together in here


This year I did impatients in front of perennials for
the first time and they seem to be doing great.


 The gold fish pond is in there.  I like that the plants
are large they shade the water which makes it
not grow algae and also disguises it from predator's.



My really big pots out front with 3 yr old geraniums that
I winter indoors.  When in full boom they are as big
as a shrub and have well over 50 blooms on them.
That's the benefit of saving them.  They
get bigger and better. 


I love having a yard to grow pretty things.
I had a nightmare this week that my husband decided we
were moving to a condo.  I
was so upset.  I was like, but I won't have room
for my animals and I won't have my garden!!!
and then thankfully I woke up and it wasn't real. 

Have a great day!






Thursday, July 13, 2017

Little by Little it will add up...


I glazed this tile.  I am hopeful the mixed glazed will turn out the way I want.



Unlike paint- glazes don't appear the colors they will
be once fired, so it's kind of like a guessing
game on the end result until you have
tried them out.  These pics will help
me to see the before and after.


At times I get frustrated because I wish
I had more time to make things and
work on my art.


I will keep plugging ahead
doing what I can each day and eventually
I think it will all add up
to something.





Thursday, July 6, 2017

Oops!


Sometimes things don't go as planned! 


Back to the drawing board!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

New Clay Pieces

That I worked on this week.

 
This is a wild flower plaque I just made.
The details will be cleaned up
when the clay air dries
 
 
I made another flower bird bath
 
 
I started glazing some of my fired pieces.
 
 
I'm using stroke & coat glaze on this bowl.
They are similar to acrylic paint in the
fact that they can be mixed together
to make new colors.  They require 3 coats
just like other glazes.
It should fire with the gloss appearance as
your dishes at home.
 
 
Something different an old
Santa.  This is still rough and I plan
to fine tune my details.
 
 
 
 

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Few Garden Shots



Just a few pics of my Garden growing.  It is filling out nicely

 
Zinnias are starting to bloom!


Some wild Bunny has been munching down
 flowers  so the cloche are over them to regrow.


I got a new Metal Heron to accent our pond via Amazon.

 
Have a Great Day!
 
Natascha



Feathered House Guest

 
This is Cartuu.  She is an African Grey
that my close friend has rescued from a situation
where she wasn't getting the proper care.
She will be staying with us for a month
while my friend is overseas.
 
 
Although quite cautious, she seems
to enjoy coming out of her cage
and siting on top

 
She will allow me to pet her at
night for cuddles and closes her eyes.
She will not get on my arm yet.
That's fine though.  She has company
and doesn't seem stressed
and that is the main goal. 
 
 
Since we don't have a lot of free
space, she is set up here for
the next month.  It seems to
work out fine with the other
birds.  I am making
sure they get the same attention.
Although they are in the same room they
are all kept separate so
there is no biting each other.
 
 
I'm very glad it's  Friday and
I am hoping for a relaxing weekend and some
time in my art studio!
 
Have a great weekend!
 
~Natascha~

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hot Summer Evenings at the Barn


I thought I would share for non horse owners
what a typical evening after work is
at the barn.  I go out
at least 3 days a week.  I drive straight
from work.  It's a 30 min drive.
I board her at a private stable in the country.
My dream was always
to have horses at my home, but there are
also advantages to boarding. 
First off ~~ it is ALOT of
work caring for these big animals and
when you work full time so you can afford them its
nice to basically pay someone to
clean up, feed and care for where your
horse lives.  That way I can come out and
spend quality time with my horse.   I can also go on vacation
and not have to find someone I trust
to do that for me.


As I drive out I notice
the neighbor has baled his
alfalfa for his cows.


This is the beautiful driveway
to the barn.


This is the owner's pretty historical home.
They had it moved here from another location.


I change out of work shoes to my barn boots.
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Before I get her, I go refill her supplements.


I measure out her supplements into plastic containers
with a tiny bit of oats to keep them from clumping.
The barn care taker then can just take
one of my containers and add it to her morning
grain. It's easy and there are no mix ups on what
she gets everyday.
Horses basically eat Hay or fresh
grass and Grain- Horse food
resembles Rabbit pellets.
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  Then I go get her outside.


Oh and in case you don't know that thing on
her face is...it's a fly mask.  She can see through
it like sun glasses but it keeps the flies
and mosquitoes off her eyes and ears.
She is hot, grimy and sweaty.


I always put her in her stall and give her a treat,
but here she is being a bad girl trying to
help herself.   She always has to pee when she comes in.
Don't ask me why but she doesn't
like to pee outside.


She looks a mess so I take her braids out.
It is too hot to ride. Her coat is
sweaty and crusty from sweat and dirt
mixing.


  I lead  her out to hose
all the grime away and
cool her off.






I have to spray constantly to keep the
flies off.   The bugs are terrible.  Hottie
has super sensitive skin.  I feed her garlic
supplements to help keep the biting bugs
away and she gets doused in 
a good fly spray.
I do have a fly sheet I put on
as a last resort if its really bad.
It's just when it's hot as heck
would you want to wear
a giant sheet over your back??


I then squeegee off the water
and take her back in.
  

I put her in cross ties so she will stand still
while I braid up her mane to keep
her cool tomorrow.  I spray her down good with
fly spray from neck to hooves.


All done!  She is totally antsy
and wants to get in her stall
to eat her dinner like all
 the other horses are doing.


When I put her in her stall I notice her buckets
aren't as clean as I liked so I scrub
and dump and refill them.


All Clean!


We have a small indoor riding arena at this barn
which comes in handy when it's raining or
with Michigan winters.


Hottie's stall is the front left stall
on this isle.


She is happily munching dinner all
clean and cool in her stall.


As her fan  blows on high, I
am happy she is comfortable.
She does live a pampered
horse life but she has given me
so much more.  I can't even
remember my life before I owned her
or what I did with all the extra
time I must have had.
I am so grateful for my Blessings.
I head home at 6:30
relaxed and thankful knowing
that my husband, 
Matt has taken care of all
animals at home while I was
here with Miss Hottie.

~~~Natascha~~