What's New - March 28

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Dear Henry,

Spring has been springing in the forest and there are little wildflowers everywhere.

I am in love with the rue anemones and I am grateful that (so far) my landscaping plans will not disturb their natural growth.

I found this triune next to a fallen oak and loved how their portrait turned out.  You can purchase prints here.



Speaking of artistic endeavors,  it was the perfect weather for cyanotypes.

We had the temperatures climbing above 70 and a couple of stunningly sunny days, and I took full advantage of the weather to expose several sheets.

This one is of catchweed. I love the shapes it makes in cyanotypes. Catchweed grows in abundance in the yard and gardens and in places that it really shouldn't and I am always pulling it up.

That it looks great in cyanotype works out well, because I have plenty of it.

Prints are available for purchase here.

Have you ever seen fuschia?

I discovered this cool little plant the other day (or rather Charles Plumier discovered it and I saw it for the first time) and decided I had to have one or two.

I have never tried to grow these before and after quite a bit a research, have decided to look for cold-hardy versions to plant outside.

There is a short blurb about what I have learned so far here and I will keep you posted as the summer progresses with these plants.


How set in stone are your impressions?

After an article in the Washington Post, I realized that I may have had an incorrect impression of Jane Austen.

My musings and doodle are here



I only managed to get one book review done this week at www.riteoffancy.com, but it was a good one.

The book was called Shakespeare Saved My Life and it is the story of Professor Laura Bates teaching Shakespeare to segregated prisoners serving life sentences.

It was a very moving book and it inspired me to restart my own goal of reading the complete works of Shakespeare.

It also inspired me to order a leather-bound edition of Shakespeare's Complete Works (to compliment my electronic version).

Fish found a lot of humor in the fact that while the rest of the world was stocking up on toilet paper, I was more concerned with the potential lack of suitable reading material.

I still think a leather-bound edition of Shakespeare's complete works in an appropriate purchase for the end of the world.

Featured at www.everydaypatriot.com is a US Army nurse who served during WWII.

1st Lieutenant Mildred Jeanette Dalton joined the Army to travel and was stationed in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked. She and 77 other nurses would continue to function as a nursing unit as prisoners of war in the Santo Tomas prison camp.

I think these women, collectively known as the Angels of Bataan and Corregidor, deserve far more recognition than they have received.


All it all, it has been a great week, with plenty of sunshine and Shakespeare.

Now tell me, what's new with you?

xoxo a.d




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