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yard work – winter wood

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Another beautiful fall day. Today I helped my husband cut up the last of two birch trees he had felled earlier in September. Then I piled the wood in our new wood rack. Give it a chance to dry and it will be ready for splitting and burning next winter.

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October 7, 2016 at 7:00 am

getting ready for fall – choke-cherries

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I have finished the final painting in the group for my sale in November. The last one is titled ‘within easy reach’, the title of my book and the first poem in the book!  The painting is done in acrylics, 8″ X 16″, gallery edges, with Ultramarine blue, Cadmium red, Cadmium yellow, Burnt sienna and Titanium white.

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Choke-cherry is a large weedy shrub, found along roadways, at the edge of fields and woods, and in barrens and lakeside thickets. The dark red berries occur in drooping clusters. They are very sour but are used to make jelly and wine. When the choke-cherries are ripe, all you have to do is reach up and your pail will fill to overflowing!

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August 30, 2016 'within easy reach' Jane Tims

August 30, 2016 ‘within easy reach’ Jane Tims

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Choke-cherry (Prunus virginiana L.)

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Choke-cherries flow

into pail, sunlight

into winter, glint

of ripening by fireside

and flame, a taste

of dry wine, cherry-laden

and summer within

easy reach, berries

by the handful, ice-pellets

against the glass

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within easy reach, Chapel Street Editions, 2016

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Written by jane tims

September 2, 2016 at 7:00 am

getting ready for fall – rose hips

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Jane Tims August 25 2016 'rose hips'

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Rose hips ripening … another painting towards my fall sale of books and paintings.

Along the road at our cabin is a small bush. Pink flowers in spring and plump rose hips in fall. Anyone who does cutting or roadwork at our cabin gets strict instructions not to disturb the rose bush!

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August 26, 2016 at 8:14 am

something orange

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I love the colour orange. It must be so – it is one of the most used ‘tag’ words in my blog postings.

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This is a rather whimsical ‘side-view’ watercolour of an orange mushroom I saw recently in our cottage woods. I published the ‘top-view’ in an earlier post.

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November 22, 2015 ‘side-view of an orange mushroom’ Jane Tims

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November 5, 2015 'woodland floor' Jane Tims

November 5, 2015 ‘woodland floor’ Jane Tims

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December 2, 2015 at 7:05 am

colour on the woodland floor

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Today, we went for a walk along the trails at our camp. My favorite path runs along the boundary, next to our zig-zag cedar fence and among young white pine, grey birch, red maple and balsam fir.

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The weather has been very damp, so I expected to find fungi along the way. But I was surprised to see a beautiful patch of bright orange toadstools, each with a distinct orange-red center. They stood out among the red-brown leaves and green mosses.

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I am not good at the identification of fungi, but I think this is Caesar’s mushroom (Amanita caesarea). It is easily confused with the poisonous Amanita muscaria, so no one should use my painting as an identification guide. Just a celebration of orange and red on a fall day.

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November 5, 2015 'woodland floor' Jane Tims

November 5, 2015 ‘woodland floor’ Jane Tims

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November 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

impressions of the day – early morning

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Every morning, after waking, I spend a little time in my guest room. I get myself ready for the day – doing a few stretches, looking from the window, greeting Zoë (our cat), planning my day.

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Usually this happens just before sun-up and I am able to watch the sun rise behind the woods in our back yard.  I am always amazed at the shift in the location of sun rise, season to season. These November days, it is to the south of where it rose in early summer.

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This morning the sunrise was brilliant, a fire of orange behind the trees. The flaming colours burst through small gaps in the darker trees – inspiration to get out my watercolours!

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November 3, 2015  'morning fire'  Jane Tims

November 3, 2015 ‘morning fire’ Jane Tims

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Written by jane tims

November 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm

November first frost

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November first frost

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air brittle, a broken

sliver of moon between

disrobing larches, silence

ruptured by craven’s cry

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© Jane Tims  1995

Written by jane tims

November 3, 2014 at 6:50 am

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