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Valetine Stephie McCarthy

 

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… At the very edge of Spring …

Wake up sleepy heads …

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Winter is nearly just a passing dream …

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Fairy tale flowers are emerging all along the river …

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… pansies shining their faces everywhere …

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Which way should we go?

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A mountain trail, fringed with flowers … soon to come!

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… keeping watch for mountain laurel …

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… and bluebells … and violets …

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… the magic of flowers never grows old.

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Fairies they will come at dawn,
bless that flowers,
then the are gone …

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Some classic bulb splendor from the Philly Flower Show…
Did you know you can transplant bulbs while flowering if it`s raining?

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A little kitchen love …
This is walnuts and goat cheese
baked inside mini peppers for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Salmon crusted with walnuts on a bed of mashed potatoes …

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Bon appetite for Spring 2015!
Learn oh~so~many good things with my favorite website.
All about flowers, crafts, and gardening at:

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There`s a GREAT month~long project challenge
going on now called Signs of Spring!

J O I N ... U S !

… there a little Spring in our step …

Sweaters, quilts, and a roaring stove …

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… we can`t quite give up these things yet!
I stay close to the stove and concentrate on those floor boards.

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Any day now, these branches will unfurl their flowers
in the woods around old homesteads …

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One by one, gifts from the Earth …
will show up in my gardens too!

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We`ll gather bouquets for rainy days …

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Snows melting and rushing over the falls …

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… just as they have for ages …
setting the stage for this year`s garden.

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April showers, as they say …

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… bring May flowers and bushels of violets …

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Have you tried them in salads? In early Spring they are excellent.
Both the leaves and the flowers.

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And freezing a few in ice cubes just for the romance of it …
adds a little bit of a lemon taste …

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But today, we still linger under the covers …
for that little bit of extra warmth.

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Until we meet again …

… hello , fair dreamer

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… it`s in like a lion …

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… and the usual dreaming and scheming …

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I wonder, what needs to be accomplished today … and tomorrow ?

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… there is a lot of snow lingering on the landscape …

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… we have to run really fast to keep warm …

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This room has no heat a`tall!
I hurry straight through … with a plan to refinish floors …

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Meet my beloved stove.
I rarely wander far from it when I work in this room.

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Well, I wander about as far as the corners …
where I am sanding, refinishing, and staining the 200 year old floor boards
a lovely honey color …
I shiver. I munch on lunch. Listen to the radio.
I once bundled up so much.
Now I just tolerate the cold, work hard, dream and plan.

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Dreams are the seeds of our future, don`t you think?

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Soon it will be March full blown and I will remember
my travels to the Emerald Isle of Ireland …

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… where I made wishes on white horses …
And quite a few of these dream have come true.

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March 17th is the 3rd Tuesday in March
May the saints and angels bless your home this Spring!
As snow melts, clovers will drink up that fresh nourishment …

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Turn into lettuces and herbs and violets.
Traditionally it will be time to put things
like peas and potatoes in the ground …

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And cultivate berries, which I do both in the garden, and in my art.
I never tire of the subject of berries.
Luckily, mountains and berries
seem to be a match made in heaven.

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You can see some of my freshest art
in my shop called CoralBella
T H A N K Y O U for visiting this beautiful day!

… it`s that kind of late winter …

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… a little extra nip to the air …

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… shimmer to the water …

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Well, if it must snow, I wish … I wish …

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… I`d like only just a little bit …

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… enough for an adventure in a secret garden …
( every garden is secret to some people )

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… just enough for a little sugar outside the window …

… a little frosting on the gingerbread …

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Because spring and summer will bring their own sweets wont they?

Like pink pampas grass …

… and marshmellow bunnies …

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… and those Cadbury egg minis …
Damn, candy is so addicting, really I mustn`t …

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… check out my recipes, healthy and original …
40 more days until Spring … Happy late winter!

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Sail away with me for a while … love waits the wings …

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Watch your love carefully. Steel kisses and then …
Sprites in the fields will sing songs of Spring.

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The colors are amazing in the winter here. Who knew?
We`ve been exploring these sleeping meadows in Harpers Ferry.

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My family went back a five or six generations here
… though I was brought up near DC.

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I often think of my grandmother`s sitting room,
… where I wanted to touch all those touchable things …

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… pincushions beating like hearts in a sewing box …

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… this is what a studio cat thinks of pincushions, so we don`t keep real ones out …

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Penguins are another thing I love because they don`t care what we think.
They just love each other. Don`t mind the cold.
Are always dressed for dinner at Downton Abbey …

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Have I lured you into my antique salon yet?
Here`s one small corner I can show you, without the clutter and dust.

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… sshh, don`t wake the others until, nightfall … serious NAPPING going on …

… tell that rabbit to stop blowing that toy trumpet …

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Easter is a challenge to me, as I can`t eat much refined sugar.
And I`ve been obsessed with marshmellow bunnies …
… eating lots and lots of berries instead … but I am weakening …

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It helps to have smoothies, isn`t that what the personal trainers say?
I can make us a big smoothie (or we can drink Bolthouse and just pretend in my pretend~y French Salon, which is really still a dusty old studio space …
with a small section of the floor refinished as a test of endurance …

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It`s coming along in colors like these alpine berries.

… berries are nature`s way of helping those of us
that really shouldn`t eat marshmellow bunnies …

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In the summer I make my strawberries into this lovely sugar and dairy free

S T R A W B E R R Y * B U T T E R
that a professional chef LOVED and asked for permission
to adapt it in his kitchen.
If you share it, I hope you will remember me in the credits too.

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If you are a garden lover, berries or any lovely thing …
won`t you let us know at Flea Market Gardening Facebook page
what is your favorite flower, and how can we help you take care of it?

We get lots of conversations on this topic,
and it is so helpful to have knowledgable friends like Sue Langley
and our many friends who are into gardens, art, and flea markets …

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Until next time, keep watching for that first robin
if he comes through your town, on his way back to the Artic .
Robins are even better than groundhogs
for making our Spring hearts beat faster!

Come back soon, I`ll be Tweeting at the Top!

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