Stained Glass Beauty

Stained glass beauty

After a long, long effort by our two kids, the stained glass is finally installed above the doorway. In honor of the name of our property, Wild Crane Overlook, it has a great blue heron standing in the water. (I know, I know, there is a difference between cranes and herons but crane sounded better in the name and herons are on the lake, so we’ll just pretend.)  It was not easy to get a photo as the back light from the window wanted to darken out the walls, but I got up early, before the sun got over the trees and took a picture.  There was just enough dawn light to see the window and not black out the walls.  I tried for a close up about a 20 minutes later and it didn’t work.

We are so happy with how it turned out.  The colors are wonderful with the timber frame and the green walls.  When we bought the doors we were told (incorrectly) that we couldn’t get the beveled glass in the arch top and it always looked so plain.  The good thing is that it allowed us to have the window done and I think it looks so much better that the beveled glass ever could.

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s the weather vane

It is always fun to give the place where you live a name.  When our property was bought everyone involved thought long and hard about an appropriate name and after some discussion, all decided that a good name would be Wild Crane Overlook.  We had seen several cranes and/or herons in the creek that runs through the property and since we planned to put in a lake, we were sure that they would eventually show up there.  Besides, it had a nice ring to it.

High flying weather vane

In the course of building our house we decided to put a weather vane on top of the gazebo.  John looked far and wide on the internet and finally found something we felt was very suitable.  Even though we realize this is probably a heron instead of a crane, we have often seen great blues in the shallow end of the lake, so it is still a good choice.   After the roofers finished shingling the gazebo, we had the vane installed on top.  I liked it there rather than on the house or garage because I can see it whirling around in the breeze from the decks and inside the house.  As many have experienced this spring, we have had some pretty hellacious winds this year.  Though the tornadoes have fortunately missed us, we have had some pretty strong straight line winds.  Even so, imagine our surprise when John found the crane lying out in the grass one morning, yards away from the gazebo.  As you can see, it was unharmed (except perhaps for its dignity).  It landed face first into the lawn and got a muddy beak and chest for its troubles.  I’m just glad it didn’t land on its feet for surely they would have been broken or bent.

What I wouldn’t have given to see that metal heron take flight on its own.

At a good place – 50 posts and counting

Well, I had hoped to mark my 50th post, but of course I forgot, so I’ll mention it today on the 51st. And who counts the first one anyway when all that is really said is “Hey, this is my first blog page”.  It seems so long ago that I started and had no idea what I was doing. This blogging thing is really something I had to take time and grow into. The great thing is that in only 6 months I have met so many kind and talented people.  I look forward to it all, even if I had no idea what I was getting into when I started.  It’s been so much fun so far.

On the art front, I am inking the picture already. It is going to take a little longer as it is a bit bigger than the ones I’ve recently done. It looks okay so far and I will take a picture at the inked in stage if I remember (senior moments not withstanding).

A few of my daffodils

On the homestead front, everything is growing like crazy. My daffodils are beautiful this year, the new forsythia had some blooms when I was afraid they weren’t going to make it through the drought and extra cold winter, the peepers are peeping, and the grass is growing. We have seen redwing blackbirds on the cattail remains, many hawks, and pileated woodpeckers repeatedly around the house. I am hoping for a picture of Tom or Jerry displaying to the turkey hens, but you know how that goes. Have to be in the right time and place.  All in all it has been a very satisfactory spring after such a hard, hard winter.

And to top it all, Jessica finished the foiling of the staind glass, so I thought another picture was in order.  Now “all” that is left is to solder and frame it.  Pretty nice, huh.

The foiled stained glass window