As my four hundredth post nears, I can't help looking back over the years since my son turned my paper diary into a blog. I still keep my paper diary much as before, printing out a picture of each finish to paste on the page and writing in details like date and size and title or purpose. Sometimes I have added a snip of fabric that was used. That poor book as undergone countless repairs as it was never intended as a photo album. At one point in the not-to-distant future, I will need to find a second edition.
One thing that has changed is building a relationship with so many wonderful blogging buddies. It isn't just answering comments, but the exchange that goes back and forth between the posts. There are kindred spirits out there. A few I have been lucky enough to meet in person. Many more are never far from my thoughts.
Irene in Texas. Long ago we both belonged to the "Slowpokes". (and that will explain a lot about this post).
More than a year ago ... yes I am slow so these are not yet UFOs...I began to make blocks to represent each of my blogging friends. I call them "followers blocks"but they are really little reminders of my special friends.
It was a whole year ago that I received a note from my friend Irene, sending me these darling little hexie flowers. I was to use one on her block. Now, I have been teasing her weekly for the past four years or so because on her "One Flower Wednesday" posts, she more often than not, shows more than one flower. Of course, with flowers this small and precisely constructed, you would have to make more than one a week to get anything the size of a quilt.
Well, at first I was thinking in terms of a cute pink house. If you have visited her blog you would know why. That house is not just sitting there but is decorated differently for each season. Then, when the flowers arrived I began hunting up fabric with a number print. Finally, I found a pack of four cuts of numbered fabric. It isn't exactly what I had in mind and the #1 is a bit hard to find, but one year is enough for a slowpoke to make just one eight-inch block.
Thank you Irene for all these years of friendship and taking my ribbing. Maybe one of these days .....
we might meet in person.
Maybe the pink wasn't the best choice because the letters rather hide the outline of the triangles against the background.
Another interesting blogging aspect is the way my friends out there solve mysteries.
Growing up in Northern Ohio, I am pretty familiar with plants that grow in that zone but often find things growing in my own garden that I have no idea what they are or how they got there.
It is a mystery no more. Jean from All Points of the Compass knew what it was. Rhodohypoxis baurii , is native to South Africa.
I found out more information on line and even some advice as when to re-pot them. Thanks Jean.
This has been planted from seed and has a small bulb.
There are multiple flowers on one stem and have begun blooming last week.
The rice store garden wall has a strip of them blooming in the three or four inch strip of dirt at the base of the wall.
They also grow in the dirt strip at the base of my wall (the one that was saved by the road-pavers) .
Finding information in English on the plants in Japan is not easy. Often I find a picture and the Japanese name and if the Latin name is included, I can learn more.
Years ago, I wrote a handbook for the Scouts to use for identifying plants, as it is part of the advancement trail and very little in English can be found. Even in the "Park for Nature Study"(part of the National Institute for Nature and Science) plant names are only posted in Japanese. A few of my Troop's Scouts have done Eagle projects of putting labels on trees and plants in city parks in not only Japanese but with Latin as well as English common names. Since I grew up learning the Latin names of local plants, I find it fun to see how those familiar ones relate to their cousins in other parts of the world.
These are such pretty blooms and thrive on neglect.
Who could ask for more. I'm glad they didn't get covered with asphalt.
A few broken off runners found a new home in a vacant pot and seem to be celebrating.
So, my blogging friends, though I may seem to be neglecting you, I hope you are thriving too, and send you this virtual bouquet of mystery flowers in celebration.