It’s Time to Wake Up


It’s a gardening day today.  God, I’ve been looking forward to this since what?  Last September I think?  It must have been around then because my garden played out shortly after Labor Day.  The season doesn’t last very long around here unless you are really, really into gardening and you have one of those monster gardens.  No I just have to hit the lottery so I can afford a small small to have on of those.

In the mean while, I was playing in the dirt today.  I can’t do much right now but I can start turning the soil over in the beds and loosening it up so they will thaw out completely.  I didn’t have to dig down very far in half of them to hit the frost level but that’s not going to last very long with the weather forecast for this week.  The leaves that I put in the beds are starting to compost quite nicely now.

So the girls and I started some seeds yesterday and I finished up with the rest this morning.  I should have some nice plants to transplant in a couple weeks if the good Lord is willing and if the Creek don’t rise.


Art Sunday #171: Stanley Cursiter – The Regatta


Stanley Cursiter CBE FRSE FRIAS FEIS RSA RSW (29 April 1887 – 22 April 1976) was a British artist who played an important role in introducing Post-impressionism and Futurism to Scotland. He served as the keeper (1919–30), then director (1930–48), of the National Galleries of Scotland, and as HM Limner and Painter in Scotland (1948–76).

He painted watercolour landscapes of East Lothian, Orkney and Shetland, and designed Saint Rognvald Chapel in St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. He is particularly renowned for his portraits and is considered amongst the finest Scottish portraitists of the 20th Century. He painted ‘Her Majesty The Queen receiving the Honours of Scotland’ in the High Kirk of St Giles in 1953, this painting hangs on the Great Stair, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.