Wednesday, July 22, 2015

return gift

before the trip to rosendale
i harvested a handful of st johnswort
and made a bundle with silk,
did a low temp cook
and put the whole shebang in a jug
in the sun
and subarued away.
 there was some color
 and some foam
 and some interesting smells
 and this

 a nice surprise amidst the unpacking
and all the sleeping i caught up on
my australian student at wsw
made some mountains on flax,
the catskills,
and then the indigo vat
 got tired.
i woke it up a little bit
 and got some indigo after a little while
and got a wee bit of blue.
back home i slept a bunch and then
here the gray fox mama
put in an appearance in the side yard on sunday. 
i was gathering daylily blossoms 
and she, well, she 
had a nice fat rodent
in her jaws. 
she looked at me and then said she was leaving,
and off she went. 
she looked very comfortable here
and with me sharing her lawn.
but i won't try to find her den.
for you who know claudia
my sister
she had successful knee replacement surgery yesterday.
today i went to work to do 
tomorrow training,
then back to summer.
claudia will go to appropriate rehab 
and i will try to get organized.
today i found this again:
Osmia avoseta bees do not live in colonies. These solitary bees make their nests from collected flower petals. These tiny nests are about half an inch tall and hold a single egg. The mother glues the petals together with nectar and fills the inside with nectar and pollen before laying the egg inside, so that her offspring will have food when it emerges.

More pictures and info: 

Photo credit: J.G. Rozen, AMNH


Birgit Olann said...

Looks intersting, i have never tried st johnswort, but a friend told me a good place to collect. your work is always inspiring.

Velma Bolyard said...

hi birgit, i print so much on paper these days, it was fun to do a bundle of silk and to let it "work" for the week i was gone.

neki desu said...

those bee nests are incredible!!whatever on thinks of doing nature has already established a practice :)

Debbie said...

Love the bee's nests when I first saw them I thought they were vessels you had made, I think I might have a go at making some larger ones one of these days, very inspiring.

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, i do love them, so amazing that they look like swatches of interesting cloths glued together, in fact, they are. sorta.
debbie, i wish they were! and if you do make sure you send a note--by the way that dress you made is drop dead beautiful (and you, too-stunning!)

Mo Crow said...

what beautiful bee nests Velma!

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, yes, i love these.

onesmallstitch said...

wishing Claudia a speedy recovery. the bees nests are stunning, they look like your paper pod that sits in my treasures collection.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, your comment made me smile!

Judy Martin said...

Your posts are journals, a week of them printed on paper would make a lovely book of poetry.

Velma Bolyard said...

judy, that's a wonderful thing to say. and an interesting thought, too.

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