Tuesday, March 18, 2008

which view do you like better?

Nan left a comment that she would like to see the view from our bedroom window. This is it in July - the gardens in full bloom. From the bedroom we don't actually see a lot of the lake itself because of the leaves on the trees - but I love looking out at the gardens first thing every morning.

And then you have days like this morning. :( Our snow had pretty much melted off the yard last week, but we woke up to a couple inches on the ground. By noon this was gone. I'm going to be very happy to see open water instead of ice, green leaves instead of bare trees, and flowers instead of dock sections in the gardens!!

I have a little bit of green showing in the garden - very fun! Jacob's ladder and a couple other plants retain their green color through the winter - which totally amazes me.

Back in November, Kate did a post on her glass pens. I thought hers were beautiful and showed the post to Mark. A couple weeks ago he found these on eBay and bought them for me. Aren't they pretty? They're very fun to use - too bad I'm such a slug at writing notes and cards to people! :) The first pot of ink I bought was purple - very cool.

I'm afraid I still have weeks to go before I really have any interesting garden stuff to share. This has been a very long and very cold winter and I am quite anxious for it to be GONE! But in the meantime, thank you to all of you who have flowers in bloom for posting photos. It is such a treat to see right now!

34 comments:

Kitt said...

Pretty pens! And so sweet of Mark to find them for you.

I like both your views, but I understand how the wintry one can get old.

Trailhead said...

The wintry one is beautiful, but I sympathize with your desire to put it away for a few months. It feels the same way here -- snow-capped peaks are lovely, but I'd actually like to hike up those mountains...

theysaywordscanbleed said...

the first view is just so amazing.

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Barbara said...

I like both views you have. The main thing for me....it's near the lake!!! I miss the lake of my childhood! BTW I never saw glasspens.And it is really possible to write with them?
Happy Easter holiday!
Barbara

Dr.John said...

Spring is coming. Spring is coming! Spring is coming? Then why do we still have so much snow. At least you have little bits of green.
The pens look great.

Rurality said...

Wow, Jacob's Ladder is green here in the winter, but I'm surprised that it also is that far north!

Both your views are lovely!

OK I have to admit to being a doofus... I had no idea that those glass pens actually worked! I thought they were just pretty decorations. :)

Giddy said...

Both views are lovely, although I must admit to being really, really, tired of monochromatic white! We still have huge mounds of plowed snow along the roadside.

I checked the yard yesterday for bits of green and noticed a few hyacinths peeking out.

Susie said...

Hi Kris,
I truly enjoy both views! We're in full blown spring here with nice sunny days and many things in bloom.
xo

Cheryl said...

They are both beautiful views in their own way...I personally love the snow image, as we don't get much here, so it is so nice to see it.

I absolutely love your glass pens. I do calligraphy, so I shall have to seriously think about those, they look so neat.

Me said...

I know - but I have to say even if it does get old - your winter view is lovely. I am always amazed that plants stay green too. :)

bettygram said...

Your garden looks so pretty from the window. I am also wishing that spring would come soon.

Laurie & Chris said...

I like the first view!! The pens are very cool!! I am ready for SPRING!!!

Connie said...

You have a "(bed)room with a view!"
Sorry your winter is dragging on. :-( Spring is a little slow in arriving here this year, too, but the wildflowers are popping up on the mountains...at last!
Have missed your posts and look forward to hearing more from you.

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

I love how green July is!

fireflynights said...

I actually like the winter view best in the photos, but in real life the summer view is probably nicer to look at.

Jean said...

Your glass pens are beautiful! I've never seen them before. We are having snow too but ours isn't going away! Sounds like a snowy Easter! Love the bedroom, the picture is wonderful! Happy Easter!

Greenie Gardens said...

I, too, am so sick of winter! We are getting more snow the next three days! Bother! I just bought some roses at Costco and have peonies and hostas to get in the ground - if it's stil under the white stuff! Happy Easter! Stephanie

Sally said...

Hi Kris - Are you getting the snow that we just missed today? Isn't this ridiculous?! I, too, like both views out your bedroom window. Lucky lady!

Happy Easter!

Zoey said...

Nice bedroom views. I like them both.

I've never seen pens like that. What a nice husband to find some for you!

Karen said...

I just realized that I must have started reading your blog last spring when your gardens were green and blooming and in their glory. It's going to be fun watching everything come to life again:)

guild-rez said...

After a very nice Easter weekend, cold but with blue sky and a lot of sun, today it is snowing again.
I have some snowdrops and crocus blooming in a very sheltered area in the garden.
Tells me that spring is around the corner.
Glass pens? I have some in my pen collection..Yours are very nice too.
Cheers.

Layanee said...

I am starved for green so I vote for the top view! Glass pens are not so easy to write with! Practice!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Definitely the top view! I love the water. :)

Those pens are beautiful. How sweet of Mark to find them for you!

farmingfriends said...

Hi kris,
Both the pictures are beautiful. I like to see landscapes wrapped in snow but I also love to see shimmering lakes in the sunshine which both your views show. Thank you for sharing your lovely garden by the lake.
Sara from farmingfriends

guild-rez said...

Thank for visiting my blog..
The fresia are wonderful flowers and seeing them at the Canada Blooms show I have purchased 50 bulbs for my garden.
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The bird migration has started with Robins (Turdus migratorius) and Grackles (Quiscalus quiscula)arriving on the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
Spring is coming...

nonizamboni said...

Thanks for sharing those lovely views from your bedroom. I'm with you, I'm ready for the snow to leave--I guess we're in for more tonite but the 'slushy' kind.
Thank you for re-visiting me and for your comforting and kind words about my dear old Pashka--one week today actually. sigh.
Oh, and your pens are beautiful--what a dear husband you have.
Well, here's to spring!

Britta said...

Hi Kris, I can tell you what I prefer, the picture without snow, that's for sure.
Thanks for your nice comment about my crochet projects. I just love to do that.

Britta

kate smudges said...

I love the first view and the way the trees cast shadows on the lawn. Plus, I am so tired of snow - ours is leaving at a painstakingly-slow pace.

Your glass pens are lovely. What I love about them is that you can have a collection of different ink colours (check out www.jherbin.com - a French ink and glass pen plus calligraphy company).

Valerie said...

I love the views! I enjoyed my visit to your blog.

Catherine said...

Looks like you have beautiful views from your bedroom window in both seasons! But seeing how bad I have spring fever~ I am going to have to pick the first one..in full bloom! :)
Have a great weekend!
Cat

Cinj said...

I also prefer the top view. The snow is beautiful too... fot the first month or two. At this point, I'm SO ready for it to go away though!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Both those pictures are gorgeous!

violetlady said...

I pick...........summer. Of course, any view on the water is beautiful.

Nan - said...

Oh, thank you, Kris! I love both the views. So lovely, so different yet the same. Do you swim often? I'd love to be able to swim right from my house every day it was warm. I think I'd have a sauna too, and brave the cold waters as well. :<) And that Mark! You want a cutting board, he builds you one. You mention glass pens, he finds you some.