March 29, 2007

The Wood Guy

Yesterday I started a furniture theory class offered through the Atlanta branch of SCAD. It is being taught by George Berry, “The Wood Guy” at his workshop a mile from my home. There are two other students in the class, both women. The class plan is all around learning to design and plan furniture that can actually get built. I’m looking forward to refinding my furniture craft. It is a ten week class and there is a follow-up class where the building happens. Yay!

Rose garden

Rose garden

This past weekend we began our requisite home ownership gardening. Tackling our giant, overgrown, ill-planned yard may seem daunting, but we got a kick start when I received two rose bushes and a butterfly bush in the mail as a late arriving birthday present from my Mom.

The front side yard has three old rose bushes that bloomed like mad last year. I thought it would be great to turn the side of the front yard into a long rose garden. The above photo is the result of two hard days of work. The before photo shows the overgrown, grassy field we had to dig up.

With the help of our local organic gardening center, we planted the two rose bushes, a Double Delight and a Royal Bonica. They came as bare root plants, packed in a box. When I pulled them out they looked amazingly like the little mandrake root baby from Pan’s Labyrinth.

In between the roses we planted Prostrate Rosemary and Veronica Georgia Blue, both of which will creep over the top of the mini pine nuggets and provide purple flowers, one in the spring, one in the fall.

Photos of the butterfly bush garden will be coming soon. I need to do a little more work on it this weekend. And with this I open a new category of my blog, “Garden” and a new role as a home gardener.

Crochet project four

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I think every girl needs a romantic capelette. I crocheted this with a mohair wool blend, so nice and fluffy. Photos

March 27, 2007

Aquarium take 2

Jellies on black

Before heading to Big Canoe we took a tour of the Georgia Aquarium. Even with the heavy Saturday crowds, the smudged glass and murky waters, I grabbed a few good shots.

Big Canoe

When we moved to Georgia we kept hearing about this mythical place called “Big Canoe”. It seemed the destination of all destinations in the north Georgia mountains.

Based solely on the name, I pictured a quaint, small mountain town on a large lazy river, good for canoeing and probably some Indian mounds/paths in the nearby woods. When some friends of ours reserved a “cabin” in Big Canoe for the week I was excited to see how it lived up to my imagined town.

In preparation I did some on-line research (of course). I typed “Big Canoe, GA” into google maps only to be pointed to a town called Jasper. However, the directions to the rental showed it well outside Jasper.

A little more research showed that Big Canoe is actually a huge, gated, private development. A planned community in the mountains. The houses, perched on cliffs, propped up by stilts, easily fell into my mansion classification, far from quaint.

The mountains are beautiful and there was a central water system, complete with canoes, ready for rental. I can see the appeal of the easy vacation destination, but it was nothing like the Big Canoe of my imagination.

Just outside the development, a little deeper into the mountains is Amicalola State Park and the start of the Appalachian Trail. At the ranger station, nonchalant hikers announced that they were starting their six month trek on the trail. We watched them weigh their packs and prepare to head out.

We too walked the trail, for about a mile, up to the top of the Amicalola Falls. That’s about all of the Appalachian trail that I need to do. Whew! The falls are beautiful and spring was just beginning in the cool mountainside.

This time my camera was charged and ready. See my spring photos.

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