It looks like Peter Cottontail hung around for a while after Easter. I found him sitting in the morning dew, soaking up the sun. He actually let me get pretty close. He just twitched his nose and wiggled his ears a little. I guess he was too comfortable to move! It doesn't matter that I've seen bunnies many times, I still feel a sense of awe when I spot one. They just kind of melt my heart. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't feel that way when Peter hops into his garden!
Linking with Kim's Friday Finds.
Now the randomness...
I recently discovered that there is an Anthropology store near me. It's a unique, interesting, and fun store to roam around in. But, honestly, I've been more impressed with their decorating. The first time I went they used books to decorate. There was a huge book sculpture hanging from the ceiling and down one wall; fascinated me. I took my sister by the store to show her the books, but they were gone. I was a little disappointed in that! We happened to get there as they were decorating their front window in honor of the Monarch Butterfly migration.
There was a young man there gluing every single paper butterfly in place. A very tedious task, but oh my, it was beautiful!
Spring has sprung. The flowers have bloomed. The bugs are back! Not that I have anything against bugs. I know they have their place in nature, I just wish they'd stay away from me, especially the mosquitoes! There are two bugs on this flower. The first one is obvious, the second is hanging upside down on the bottom left petal.
In the back of this store which is a small craft mall there is a little restaurant called "Pay It Forward." It's located in the old downtown section of Clinton, AR.
The menu is written on a chalkboard and there are no prices. You pay what you feel you can. If you can't pay, you eat free. If you can, pay a little extra to cover the meal of someone who is hungry and needs a meal. Oh, it's not simple, mass produced food either. It's a delicious healthy meal! They only serve one choice a day; this day it was a vegetable casserole, bell pepper cornbread, and milky way cake or pear pie. They use home grown local produce and the workers in the restaurant volunteer their time. What a blessing this little place is to this community!
I love to visit my daughter when her spring flowers are in bloom. I went this week and the dogwoods on her property were gorgeous. Add the Bleeding Heart plant to that and I was knocked breathless.
Bleeding heart plants were introduced into England in the 1840s from Japan by the Scottish botanist and plant hunter Robert Fortune. Other names for the flower are; Dutchman's Breeches, Lyre Flower, and Lady-in-a-Bath. I've not heard these other names (thank you Wikipedia).
There is also a legend from Japan which tells a story of how the bleeding heart flower came to be. In the story, a young man tried to win the love of a young lady. He did this by giving a pair of rabbits (which are the first two petals of the flower), a pair of slippers (which are the next two petals of the flower), and finally a pair of earrings (which are the last two petals of the flower) to the girl. She continued to reject his affections, and, heart-broken, he pierced his heart with his sword (the middle part of the flower) which caused the bleeding heart. (Wikipedia)
If all my images seem a little bright this week, well, it's because they are! It took me a few days to find what was wrong. Every picture was bright and with a slight yellowish cast.I sat down last night and went through every menu, setting, and function and finally found the problem. Somehow and sometime my fumbling fingers had changed my camera to a vivid creative setting. It was vivid all right...too vivid! I don't have any editing programs, except Picasa, to help tone them down, so I'll just say it was a bright and vivid week! Note to self: WATCH WHAT YOU'RE DOING!
Hope you have a bright and happy weekend!