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Friday, February 12, 2016

I have waited for almost a year.




And now they are beginning to open.


A few weeks ago  we talked about how to get orchids to re bloom. 
http://ginaceramics.blogspot.com/2016/01/orchids-like-bath-now-and-then.html






First I noticed the new spikes.  These orchids have been waiting patiently in a quiet corner by an east facing window.  

All they needed was a weekly watering and a lot of light 
(not direct sun).








I never know what color they will be  (I should label them).
Sometimes you can tell by the new buds.  








All of the buds will open and will bloom for at least another 
6 months or more. 







In another corner, these orchids have been blooming for more than 
5 months.  Soon they will fade and the blossoms will drop one at a time. 







Over the years I have had some very colorful orchids. 






I love them all.






This corner, in my dining room, faces south and west. 
 Conditions are just right and often I will be rewarded with secondary spikes. 








After blooming, these Dendrobiums like to be placed outside where they will be watered with the rest of the plants.
  
 They need a light frost to set their spikes.   That is in October in our area.  






Often I place several orchids into one decorative planter.  They don't mind as long as you water them at least twice a week.  






Miltonia orchids come in many sensational colors and have a very haunting scent.  

Their blooms only last a couple of weeks and it is difficult to make them bloom again. 








That is why I like Phalaenopsis orchids.  It may take a while but they will reward you with  many blooms.








You can tell how healthy your orchid is by the length of the spike they throw.  






When all the blooms have fallen off look for the buds at the end of the spike to grow and thicken.  Often you will notice an additional 5 or 6 new blooms forming. 





Most people prefer an all white Phalaenopsis.
Sometimes a little color is just what the doctor ordered.  








This is still my favorite Phalaenopsis, white with a pink center. 


Have a wonderful week and 
Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours. 

Gina 


Friday, February 5, 2016

My World




Contrasts



It's been a few years since we have had this much snow.  





Still below freezing every day. 




Piles of snow are getting higher and higher.




When it melts it can all flow into the pond.





No picnics under the picnic tree. 





But soon, doors will be open wide.





The January thaw has come and gone.  





There will be new grass.




The air is sharp and crisp. 





I'm painting and waiting for my daffodils to poke their heads through the snow. 

Have a most wonderful weekend my dear friends. 

Gina 



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Are you lost?




More precisely, are your Guests lost? 



Have you walked endless halls looking for the Powder Room?






Oh, oh, finally a sign.





On the Door, of course.






Painted just for you, for your new door, for your old door.






Any color any language.






Even the kitchen or what about the Library?

All available in my Etsy shop.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryVillaCeramics


Wishing you a clear road ahead, my dear Blogging Friends.

Gina


First published May 2011


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Update, Followers



You can encourage your "lost Followers" 
to come back



by suggesting that they sign up with a Google/Profile Account.  

It is the Followers without a Google Account who were removed from your Followers List.   

You can also add a "Gadget" to your side bar which lets your readers "Follow by Email".

The gadget will say "subscribe to blog here".

Below is an excellent post on how to proceed, step by step.  


http://www.sewwequilt.com/2016/01/update-on-your-followers-with-google.html







So, please don't be discouraged. 
 
Those readers, who would still like to follow you, have several options.  

The more we talk about it the more our deleted Followers will be aware that they have lost a valuable friend. 

Have a great Sunday, dear Blogging Friends, 

Gina 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Have you noticed?



That you are losing your "Followers"  



Don't be sad  (you are still loved). 

Don't tear out your hair.  

It's a "Blogger Thing"

It has something to do with Blogger Profiling and the number 300.  

Be well,

Gina



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waiting for Spring




It will be a while .





Knowing that my Snowdrops and Hellebore are waiting makes me happy. 






Pansies were planted last Fall.  They will be the first to bloom. 






Friends brought lemons from their grove in California.







 Jonquils will make an appearance soon. 







A lot of snow will have to melt first. 

Our mountains have received record amounts of snow. 
Our Farmers are happy. There will be plenty of water for animals and crops. 

Wishing you a great week ahead. 

Gina 


Friday, January 22, 2016

Of course you deserve it.




A crown and a little 22 karat gold

on a platter. 






You can see that there is room for at least 30 more crostini.
It will come in handy during your Summer Soirees.






And when not in use it can hang on the wall, a chimney piece,  fireplace mantle or placed on a stand. 








Crowns and garlands go together, don't they.  


     







Large or small, it's the 22 karat gold that catches the eye.  



Have you checked your Ancestors?  

Aren't they of Royal Birth? 


I can't provide you with a Castle but I can paint a royal platter for you.  






Or I can provide you with a pond for you to skate upon. 

Have a great weekend my dear Friends, 

Gina



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Polishing copper pots




Not difficult at all.



When you know of this secret.





I keep mine handy because I use them everyday but I don't polish them every day.  

They are hanging from bicycle hooks. 






All you need is CLR (available in every hardware store) Sea Salt, a sponge and gloves. 

No need to scrub,
just glide a corner of your CLR soaked sponge over pot, rub on a little salt and let stand for a few minutes. 

Wash with soap and water.  Dry immediately. 








One more pot to go. 

Caution: do not let CLR stand on natural stone surfaces.






I use my copper pots every day.  Only two days after scrubbing they show scorch marks on the bottom.  That is to be expected, especially since I don't have a designated pot scrubber as you might find in a fancy French restaurant kitchen.  






Just out of the oven, four loaves of Squash bread. 

Have a great remainder of the week dear friends, 

Gina