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Off to the Farm for a week

...The title says it all.  I'm off for a week to do house stuff, so will be incommunicado here (no computer, let alone a good internet connection). 

So I'll leave you guys with a little taste of Spring:

Baby groundhog

Ladyslipper orchid

Dogwood blooming

Tiger Swallowtail

More groundhog, this time an adult.  I can't help it; I know they're pests, but I love them.  They have teeny tiny paws, soft fuzzy fur, and teeth and claws that can take off your face.

See you in a week!



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Jan. 16th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Oh man in college, there was a big nest of groundhogs on the hillside by my dorm. One morning something startled one and it went galumphing down the hill. It was so funny my roommate and I screamed with laughter until we cried and couldn't stand. I cannot convey to anyone who was not there how freaking hilarious the thing looked.
Oh man. I love groundhogs.

Except when they destroy my garden. Then I'm out with a sniper rifle waiting for them.

Ah, anyway, lovely spring pictures. In a deep freeze up here, but dreaming of spring helps.
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Major icon love!!!
Jan. 16th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
I gotta move North. There's no spring down here in south Georgia. I misses my spring Flora (and fauna).
Jan. 17th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Eh, you just haven't been around long enough to get used to southern springs. I'm on the left coast of FL and we do too have seasons - they're just very, very subtle. The deciduous trees lose their brownish hue and mist over in pale green, a whole different set of flowers come out, new kinds birds arrive as others leave, and the frogs start peeping away. It's just not as dramatic as up North, that's all.
Jan. 17th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
That's very true. I've been here 1.5 years. In this particular part of south Georgia, there aren't any of the normal spring flowers that I'm used to (in fact there aren't any at all) in the woods behind my house. The peepers have been going wild for about a month now. I'm going to have to hit the nature trail on campus this spring -- hopefully I'll actually have time! I'm an hour north of the state line. The dogwoods and azaleas are gorgeous, though.
Jan. 17th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
Well, here in the Tampa Bay area January is still winter - in fact, it pretty much is winter. Our winter runs late December through early to mid February, spring from mid February to the end of May or beginning of June, summer from mid-June through late October, and fall from late October through the end of December.

GA, being a bit further north, I'd think the winter would be slightly extended and the summer a bit shorter. When I was in NC, the spring and fall were longer, that I recall.
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Have a terrific time honey!
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Do not tell me you guys are getting signs of Spring already?!? We're fighting -20 degree weather up here, and that's before the wind chill!

Jan. 16th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
Nope, just memories of Springs past. :)
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Hate to tell you this . . . no, actually, it thrills me to be able to brag about this: We are having Spring already. In Austin, TX, the Forsythia is blooming, the Paperwhites are up, and we expect Snowdrops any day now.

Jan. 16th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
That's so pretty.

I love the groundhog line. I know some people like that too. :)
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
We're going to miss you. Who will we turn to for our daily fix of wit and sharp SCA-social commentary?

Have a good week!
Jan. 18th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
Is it spring there already? that would imply it should be autumn here, when we're only half way through summer!
Jan. 19th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
When I worked at Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, there was all manner of wildlife there; groundhogs most common. The big fat ones are amusing when they run, their flesh rolling like waves.

(As Sliverstah said . . . "galumph" is a perfect term for how they look.)
Jan. 20th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
Extreme Costuming Website Question
Hello, My name is Amanda I'm from Wichita, KS. I have been researching Elizabethan Costuming for our Great Plains Renaissance Fair (a small but growing fair) in April. I have decided to do an Elizabethan court dress in an antique gold silk dupioni with emerald green silk dupioni V pannels on the bodice and underskirt. My question here is; I am wanting a standing wire collar and not the lace ruff...adversion to things tight around my neck I think, but I am having trouble finding instructions on construction of this accessory piece and I was wondering if you could help point me in the right direction?
Many Thanks,
Amanda M. Chessher
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Jan. 26th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Re: Extreme Costuming Website Question
I'm afraid I have never made a rebato - the most comprehensive instructions I can find are in the Patterns of Fashion 4 book.
Jan. 25th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
I apologise for leaving an off-topic comment, but I'm having trouble finding an e-mail address on your website.

But, on the articles page, the link to the 'You use the same tailor' doesn't seem to be working. It works on the sidebar menu though.

Doesn't work: http://www.extremecostuming.com/articles/youusethesametailor.html
Works: http://www.extremecostuming.com/articles/youusemytailor.html

Sorry for posting it on a public forum and all, but I figured you should know.
Jan. 26th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
Thanks - I will be adding some new content soon, and I'll fix it then.
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