Change of Pace

I was going to show you my progress on the Family Tree quilt, but I decided to wait a couple more days for that. To date, I have completed 17 out of 25 blocks. 8 more to go!!

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I love English fine bone china and porcelain items. But once in a while, I find myself attracted to the more primitive and rustic ware that are characteristic of the colonial period as well, one of which is the Westerwald pottery. Shown are reproduction of storage crocks made in the Westerwald region in Germany, certified by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation:

A quick summary from Wikipedia: “The Westerwald is known for its basalt mines and distinctive salt-glazed grey Westerwald Pottery with cobalt blue decoration. The pottery industry is centred round HΓΆhr-Grenzhausen. In the mid 16th century, potters from Raeren in Belgium migrated into the Westerwald, bringing with them some of their moulds. This type of pottery was taken to the New World and was found in the early Chesapeake (New England) settlements.”

The characteristic “dimpled” surface that you see, besides the blue grey base color due to the clay, is due to salt being thrown at the pieces (salt-glazing) during the firing process in a hot kiln:

These Westerwald pieces I have are supposedly food, microwave and dishwasher safe, although I have yet to locate a microwave that is tall enough to fit these crocks. :) Also, I find it a bit odd to serve lemonade out of them. So, they have only been used for decorative purposes thus far. I could store my potatoes or onions or turnips in them, I supposed. ;) But we have pantries for those things….

I have in mind to adapt the design for an applique quilt one of these days.

Fragrance for free, anyone?

Okay, this isn’t exactly a gardening post that is directly related to me because I hadn’t planted these beauties. My husband pointed out to me at some bushes that were blooming way out there from our backyard (well, not quite, but it would be the furthest I had to venture out from our deck). I found to my very pleasant surprise they are rose bushes! They are big, and there are three of them, and they are profusely covered with these fragrant dainty little blooms:

This is to show you just how challenging the terrain is for my venture out there… just kidding! :) But we do have a little creek that runs along the back. See the white patches in the bottom right corner – those are the start of the rose blooms:

Of course, I took full advantage of these fragrant beauties:

My husband made my day when he pointed me to these roses. We were marveling how well these roses grow with no care, no special feeding or spraying… nothing! And yet the Heavenly Father takes care of them. I quote from Matthew 6:28b-29: “See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” How true the words ring concerning these roses!

Have a fabulous weekend, my bloggy friends. I will be back Monday!

p.s. I would appreciate it very much if anyone could tell me what kind of roses these are! The blooms are roughly 1″ across, and they are very fragrant, almost like lilac.