This month is clearly dominated by one theme – flowers!
April started with my beloved cactus showering me with its beautiful flowers! This cactus is a descendent from a plant that belonged to my great-grandmother, and is well over 60 years old! Most of the time it blooms once a year (around Easter), but sometimes even twice.
Each flower gives off a few drops of super sweet nectar which I always lick up – not directly with my tongue, it’s a cactus mind you and I’m not stupid. 😉
I’m not sure if it’s okay to do so, but so far I couldn’t observe any negative side effects. Apart from the fact that I feel a bit like a hummingbird. 😉
Last year I missed them by a week or so, the short-lived flowers of the Magnolia trees. So I took special care to catch them this year, making regular trips to a nearby cemetery that has one of these glorious and beautiful trees.
The smell was sheer overwhelming and this time I felt like one of the busy bees, flitting from flower to flower, trying to catch as many pictures as my camera could hold – which is a substantial lot! But I promise to keep it short for your sake. 😉
And then there is my ranunculus, one of the filled variety, which are pretty common I admit, but nevertheless I’m totally in love with them, especially this one, as it shows this wonderful poppy red color that I simply adore.
The petals remind me of the beautiful skirts of a Flamenco dancer, or – and this is my sweet tooth talking again 😉 : puff pastry! 😀
And these I bought just yesterday – my beloved daisies! Simple but beautiful. 🙂
And since I’m a firm believer that every excursion deserves a treat, I was happily indulging in this home baked Italian White Bread (one of my favorites)…
…or home baked Cream-Cheesecake after each trip!
But of course, this artist can not live alone from taking pictures and baking and eating. No, that wouldn’t do!
This artist simply needs to draw and paint and make pottery as well! 😀
And being in full Spring mode, I couldn’t help drawing and painting a couple of butterflies à la Maria Sybilla Merian, a German-born 17th Century naturalist and scientific illustrator, whom I have the greatest admiration for.
In 1699 she travelled to Dutch Surinam together with one of her daughters to study and record the tropical insects there.
Because of her careful observations and documentation of the metamorphosis of the butterfly, she is considered by David Attenborough to be among the most significant contributors to the field of entomology.
And as promised, I also worked with clay again – another yarn bowl that I hope to sell on Christmas markets later this year.
Being still in Spring mode, I chose a sheep motive. 😉
And this was it! Well, most of it, to be honest. But I think, this will do. 😉
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