Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Daffodils and Petrified Wood

The new daffodils did bloom!!  And they're gorgeous!  It has been cold, rainy and windy since they opened up, but I'm so pleased to have these pretties growing in a big pot here.  This beauty is named "Roulette" and I can see why.  I got the bulbs on the Breck's website.  

This photo has all three of the new ones in it - OKAY - which one is YOUR favorite?

 The big yellow and orange one is named "Fortissimo".

This one is named "Decoy".  :-)

So.. are you familiar with petrified wood?  I'm fascinated with it and always wanted a piece of it myself.  So the other day I was perusing the Facebook Marketplace and noticed someone had two pieces of petrified wood for sale.  I texted back and forth and we finally met up and we bought them.  I thought they'd be neat by the pond and waterfall.  This piece the tree had been through a fire before it petrified.  The other side is charred.  I think it's so neat that wood has turned to stone!

Petrified wood is a fossil. It forms when plant material is buried by sediment and protected from decay due to oxygen and organisms. Then, groundwater rich in dissolved solids flows through the sediment, replacing the original plant material with silica, calcite, pyrite, or another inorganic material such as opal. The result is a fossil of the original woody material that often exhibits preserved details of the bark, wood, and cellular structures.

This is the other, larger and much heavier piece.  

Some people cut these across and polish the end, which is pretty cool.

He "threw in" a large chunk of Rose Quartz for $5.  :-)  I need to scrub this up with a brush and soap!

This is another, larger piece of Rose Quartz that we picked up at a rock shop near Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota a few years ago.  I adore the pink color of this big crystal.

The Bleeding Heart is growing slowly with the current cool temps and rain.. but we're supposed to get some warmer days this week.. f i n a l l y.  

I love love love these heart shaped flowers.

I promised a photo of my hat.. this will have to do for now.  LOL!  I'll try to get a better shot of it on my noggin.  The other day I was wearing my pink shawl to a meeting and someone said.. "My, you're colorful today!".  :-)

This is a neat photo of the Empress Hotel in Victoria BC, we're heading there on Monday, taking a ferry there.  We have a room booked for three nights with a harbor view.  I am pretty excited about it.  We have a reservation for High Tea there which will be fun.  Now, where did I put my tiara?  :-)

I'm off in 15 minutes for lunch with my two sisters, Denise and Roberta and my honorary sister Shirley.  They are having an early birthday lunch for me at the Chart House in Portland, Oregon.  It's got a killer view, I'll take some photos to share with you.  Ta ta for now!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Hope you have a lovely lunch. That rose quartz is so pretty and roulette is definitely my favourite daffodil. I’m sending you some of our sunshine, it’s finally arrived over here. B x

  2. The daffodils are so pretty and give me hope that spring may find it's way here too. That rose quartz is so pretty. I had a piece that I bought in the Black Hills too, but it disappeared in our move from Omaha. We lost about 4-5 boxes in that move. The moving company loaded our things first, then another household which they dropped in Salt Lake City. Then they came to Spokane with our household goods. We believe they mistakenly left our things with the other family which is upsetting but what can you do? They would never admit it so we just lost a lot of things, including the baby blanket my grandmother crocheted for Mandy just before she died. I think that hurt the most.
    Anyway, I hope you have an absolutely lovely trip to Victoria. I admit, I'm more than a little jealous of that trip. :-)

  3. I'd love to be the owner of a piece of fossilised wood, it looks cool. Have a wonderful time next weekend. You look really well on your selfie photo and in my view, a girl can never be colourful enough. x

  4. The Decoy is my favorite, but I enjoyed looking at all your beautiful photos...Bleeding Hearts, Rose Quartz and Petrified Rocks and your artsy reflection :-) I hope you and Dayle have a wonderful time at your birthday destination and that you enjoy all your birthday celebrations here and there! xxxx

  5. All of your daffodils are lovely! Seems we both like the same ones in our gardens. I used to have a small piece of petrified wood....ummm now where is it? Your pieces are the largest I've seen! They will be great in the garden. I'm looking forward to your trip to Vancouver. Will you be visiting Butchart Gardens? That is one special place if you get the chance. The High Tea sounds wonderful at your hotel. What a special place to celebrate your birthday. Have a lovely evening! ♥

  6. The Decoy is my favorite. Nothing wrong with being colorful!! If you have Netflix I recommend the documentary about Iris Apfel. She has a great sense of style!

  7. Beautiful and your hat looks so neat lol Enjoy your fabulous time with sisters and early happy birthday from us too xoxoxo We can't wait to get to Vancouver ♥

  8. I love your Daffodil shots Teresa, and the fun selfie is great.
    I hope you have a great time on your trip and look forward to seeing your photos of those views.
    Jacquie xxx

  9. I loved all the daffodils, each one has charm of its own. Impressive petrified wood. Hope you have a wonderful break away and take lots of photos of the tea, I am a great fan of an afternoon tea.

  10. I need to put in new daffodils -yours look so pretty.
    And you are rocking the hat.

  11. Happy early birthday Teresa. Hope you enjoyed your lunch. I've been looking everywhere for a pattern for a child's version of your hat. I'm thinking if I start with some rib then do stocking stitch for the combined front and back then more rib. Seams on the side. Would that work or can you give me an idea on how to make one for a 3-4yo please?

    1. All you have to do to make a hat like mine is measure the head around, do a chain half that length, sc down one side of the chain and back the other and just keep crocheting around, slip stitch into first sc, ch 3, then DC around, join, around.. continue until the hat is about 3 inches short, then ch down 11, sc in the back loop back to the hat, sc in 2 stitches through both loops, sc back down the chain in back loops... do this all around the hat and sew the last row to the first to make the ribbing around. I did a 3 DC shell pattern on mine hat body.

  12. Such pretty daffs favourite of all flowers. The wood is a cool addition to your pool area. Enjoy your pre birthday celebrations. Hugs xxx

  13. It's so hard to pick a favourite daffodil! They are the bringers of spring, for sure.

  14. WE called a paler daffodil "albert einstien" It had a paler center flower almost a pink shade.
    Oh you are going to have a fun celebration today and in BC. Happy for you !!! Enjoy

  15. I like the Decoy daffodils. Enjoy your time in Canada and hopefully you found your tiara. Wait...couldn't you crochet one while your headed there and weave in some pearls? :-> Have a great time and HaPpY BIRTHday to YOU! 🍰🌷🌈

  16. Now your trip is over because I am so far behind. I hope you had a wonderful time.


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