learned so this week I looked at the manual for dummies but I must be really dumb because I couldn't figure it out again. This is what
I love about the internet - you can find
instructions that make sense - right? And by the
way guess what has returned:
I do not like these birds. I am happy to see springtime finally arriving in Missouri.
Twice I have taken the wreath off my front door because the purple finches try to build a nest on top of it. Can someone please explain to me why they call them purple finches when the male is red?
So I love all the daffodils that are blooming now and the tulips are coming just behind them! Last year I planted those double tulip bulbs but really I find they are so heavy they fall to the ground so no more of those in the future.
I decided to use an older floral on the door instead.
Please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time. If you would like to practice aperture photos:
This is for a D5100 Nikon:
Setting Up and Shooting in Aperture Priority Mode
Turn your camera on and then turn the Mode dial to align the A with the indicator line.
Select your ISO by pressing the i button on the back of the camera.
Press up or down on the Multi-selector to highlight the ISO option, then select OK.
Press down on the Multi-selector to select a higher ISO setting, then press OK to lock in the change.
Point the camera at your subject and then activate the camera meter by depressing the shutter button halfway.
View the exposure information in the bottom area of the viewfinder or by looking at the rear display panel.
While the meter is activated, use your thumb to roll the Command dial left and right to see the changed exposure values. Roll the dial to the right for a smaller aperture (higher f-stop number) and to the left for a larger aperture (smaller f-stop number).
of you have done that before. Back in December I purchased 2 sets of antique
staffordshire dogs for my mantle - I
wanted to go with white ones so these arrived and are very old and I love them.
If you are looking for the old staffordshire dogs, they are reasonable right now from England. We have an unusual area next to our kitchen called a Hearth Room and I use it for my more formal furniture. I don't really have a dining room and our living room area is more casual.
Now that we are retired we live in a different way as it is just the two of us. So one day earlier this year I saw a single white dog available and frankly really cheap on ebay. I thought I could add it in the middle. Of particular interest to me was the fact that it was from an estate in the Lake District so that thrilled my little heart as I could imagine Beatrice Potter herself had been to visit the home where it came from. (not really) I asked the couple how much the shipping to the US would be as they had not done that and naturally this can be expensive. They said it was 10:00 PM at night there so I should not buy it but rather wait till the morning and they would post the shipping. You are already guessing how this story is going - right?
Well, when I went to my computer in the morning - someone had purchased it of course and the selling couple apologized and said that had certainly never happened before - ha! Now that was just my warm up story. This happened the next day. I had also been watching a certain historic type teapot which could never be used because of a large cracked piece in it. The thing is though - it would make a great display piece. It was very cheap too and no one was interested in it but me I thought and it was coming up for final auction the next day in the afternoon. I was ready and excited but there was just one little problem the next day. I still don't know why but my computer wouldn't let me on online that day. I tried all day to no avail. Someone got this teapot really cheap: (ebay photos)
You can see the crack rendering the handle useless to the right back. But isn't this amazing with Queen Victoria in 1837 at her Coronation and in 1897 at her Diamond Jubilee! Whoever has it - I hope you love it! Here was the back:
read much about Queen Victoria's time from 1837 to 1897. We all know this became known as the Victorian Era.
I recently became interested and also
to learn a little about each King who followed
her up to Queen Elizabeth II.
Today my box arrived from England
and 3 more pieces of the lustre (English
spelling) ware that was originally sold at
the 1851 Great Exhibition as souvenirs.
The pieces are so old now that many
have stains, etc but I don't intend to
use them for food but rather as a
I already had the cup and saucer which show the Queen's daughter Vickie who married Prince Frederick who became the King of Prussia and Germany. This cup and saucer is from 1858.
During this difficult time - you might like to read about Queen Victoria online. I have looked up many things but I have not read her old diaries. I heard that they are online too.
The teapot above is very unique as the lid slides off to the right. The queen looks rather mad here. This was a commemorative from her diamond jubilee in 1897. I have seen this same "sketch" of her on other things and it is not very flattering.
distinctive ingredients. Chopped pecans seem to be another popular ingredient.
For this post I am calling these Morning Glory Muffins because I have found the same recipe by both names. In the past I shared this recipe and you can find Jean's recipe here (as Hummingbird Muffins)
I have shared this tea cozy before too. It is made from embroidered napkins that my Grandmother made for me over 51 years ago. I use this for my Saint Patrick's Day cozy.
So here at my window I have set up a little teatime time for us. I am using a couple of spoons and one of my little silver sugar nips as they are called. Also, these spoons came from England and I was thrilled to get them.
These are commemorative spoons of Queen Victoria's reign and Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
It was hard to get reflections off those spoons.
Of course, we are drinking Irish Breakfast Tea!
Outside things are changing. We just had 2 days of rain and everything turned suddenly green. Bulbs are coming up and as you can see, I found a couple of tiny daffodils in the front garden today.
I am playing this week with some crafting and card making for Saint Patrick's Day so here are some of the pictures I have clipped:
If you do make the muffins - I know you will enjoy them!
So now the pussy willow is just beginning to open it's buds. The sight of it is so hopeful and here and there bulbs are popping out of the ground and forget-me-nots that survived our milder winter. These were the little baby ones from the big dying mother plants. I am glad that last fall and I planted them here and there.
I am very thankful to have a wonderful
sewing room and craft room to help
occupy the winter. Now, I look forward
to time in the garden and to see how
things might be this year. Talking about the lovely weather seems inappropriate in view of the tornado devastation last night in Tennessee. I have been praying for these people today and ask you to join me.