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Sunday, January 7, 2018

When traveling Europe by car

We solve parking issues by staying in nearby and smaller towns.

Auer/Ora, Italy is such a place. 

It's an easy off/on from the main highway, 

the E 45 coming from the Brenner Pass. 

Ora/Auer is located just south of the Italian town of Bolzano

It is a jumping off point to the Dolomites and the Italian region of the Trento Adige, where both Italian and German is spoken.

Bolzano is a charming town.   It has a bustling, colorful market square, great shopping and a most excellent museum, which houses the famous 5,300 year old Iceman.

The market is open every day, summer and winter.

It is also the largest Christmas Market in Italy. 

Small towns are perfect for wandering into side streets and old historic sections.  

Their teacher gave them an assignment.

This was the scene they were to paint, 
a lesson in perspective. 

leisurely walks provide lots of pretty scenery..

The "Amadeus" Hotel is conveniently located in the middle of town. It is an excellent hotel, featuring regional dishes, easy parking and excellent service.  

I have the wanderlust again. 
Maybe you do too. 



Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year 2017/2018

Happy New Year dear Friends.

May 2018 bring you all that you wish for. 

May you be happy, healthy and prosperous. 

I thank you for your visits.  

Happy New Year, 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Don't want to be left behind...

want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Thank you for your visits,


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Easy and quick Christmas decorating ideas

Gather a few oranges, lemons and apples.

Add a few greens.

A few cloves.

Unpack old friends.

Don't forget to hang a few ornaments outside.

Fresh roses save the day.

What is Christmas without candles.

A glass of Glühwein makes the spirit bright.

It's not too late to paint a few glass Christmas ornaments. 

Hand painted wooden hearts and hand painted glass Christmas ornaments inside glass vase.

 A chair...provides color for an otherwise empty corner. 

If  the top of the cabinet needs a little color.

The older, the better.

A pomegranate makes the difference.

 Bring a little sunshine into the scene.

Pomanders last a long time.

Life Saver Garlands are favorite decorations.

A Putti here and there.

Acorns add an unusual touch.

And I love Orchids and Hellebore for Christmas.

Soon it will be Christmas. 

Thank you dear friends for stopping by.  

I appreciate each and everyone of you.



Friday, December 1, 2017

Irresistible, No?

Hand painted with original designs.

Cotton drawstring bags that hold all kinds of treasures.  

Available for only a Song in my Etsy Shop.

Do you collect flower seeds, do you dry your own herbs, do you make your own soaps, do you make special jewellery, do you like to give lace handkerchief's? 
They all fit into this special little bag.  

So perfect for the Holiday Season.  All available in my Etsy shop

Or come to the Spring City Art Gallery on December 1 and 2.  

Just in time for Christmas giving, little cotton drawstring bags to hold small treasures and gifts.

In lovely sepia tones.

And in grey and white.

And in many colors.

They're only $3 each.  So, hop on over to my Etsy shop  
 before they're all gone.

Have a great weekend my dear Friends


Thursday, November 30, 2017

So delicious and so easy

My very special Squash Bread Recipe

This is a Lakota Squash, any winter squash will do. 

Squash Bread Recipe

2 cups of cooked squash
3 eggs beaten
2 cups sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup light olive oil 
3/4 cup chopped nuts
1 cup of almond meal (optional)
1/2 cup golden raisins
Mix all ingredients
juice and grated zest from one lemon and one orange
Mix together

Add 3 cups of flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda. 
Mix by hand with wooden spoon until all ingredients are 
well incorporated. 

Grease 2 loaf pans 
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes and reduce heat to 300 and bake another 15 to 20 minutes. Test with toothpick.  

This is the bread to bake.  It is foolproof. 

Squash bread freezes well. 

Recipe also makes great tasting muffins. 

Bake something and have fun.



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Using our Pond as launching pad

Wild Geese gather first

They fly in every morning. 

I don't know where they spend the night.  

All day long they go back and forth...to the plowed field, and then again to the Pond. 

This happens every year.

One day, they all fly away. 

And then come the wild ducks.
Hundreds of them.  They will stay all winter.  

Sheep don't have a choice.

  These yearlings don't know that they are supposed to mind the dogs. 

And that confuses the dogs AND the sheep. 

I know that you know where you are going