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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Wishes...

As you may have noticed, I love to send packages via the mail. Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays to indulge in this compulsion - it's so condusive to treat giving.


I had even commissioned my sister to handcraft cards for me to use in this endeavor a couple of months ago... Alas. My current schedule is leaving no room for more than the bare minimum beyond survival - Valentine card and package sending will have to wait for next year, and I will have to make due with generic, group-blog-entry well-wishing....

Despite my inability to be on the giving end this time around, I have received a number of most thoughtful, delightful and welcome packages myself. Thankyou! Thankyou! sweet treat senders! Mystical aquisitions from Glastonbury, chocolate and a mother-of-pearl-with-pearl pendant from the middle of the country, card from Norway, and an art treat I purchased for myself from the inimitable Rima in Scotland (look at the *blue* skies she's had lately!) I am incredibly appreciative girls! Loving and treasuring them all.


While our Seattle skies bear no resemblance to Rima's Scottish early spring ones, we *did* have some greatly anticipated sunshine today. (I've heard the sun referred to as a UFO in this part of the country this time of year). I feel inspired to write a heart-felt ode to my greatly neglected garden which soldiers on and grows despite me ignoring it in favor of my studio the last couple of summers. The rosemary is beginning to bloom (always the first out in my yard). The chives, fennel and sweet cicely are emerging from the ground in vibrant green, tender shoots. Buds are swelling.... Even though it is still a couple of months before I can properly attend to them all, my heart is with them...


My mailbox is also mocking me - delivering Martha's annual gardening issue today... Soon! I promise!


At the moment, the best I can do is wish you all a lovely day - hopefully filled with hugs, rose petals, early spring garden fairies, and especially chocolate. :-)

Happy Valentine's day.

(Oh, and if you haven't done so, please check out Dr. Galubrious's blog mentioned in the previous post. Currently things look quite dire! Leave him an encouraging note. :-)

15 comments:

Eric Orchard said...

Happy Valentines day, Tara! The primrose picture is amazing! Thanks for introducing me to Dr. Galubrious's blog, very cool and mysterious....As for gardens, they will only exist in magazines for us for a few months yet.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Happy Valentine's Day Tara.
I'm glad my card reached you.

Naturegirl said...

Tara It is nice to stop by and catch up..life for me since I got my independence back.."cast" off walking again leaves me with so little time to sit and visit blogs!I know that you understand.I'm making up for months of being cooped up indoors as you saw from my winter snow posts!

So Missy you celebrated a birthday recently ..Happy belated wishes!You deserve to be pamperd with loads of gifts as you yourself are so generous with your little surprise packages to many!
You have herbs growing in the garden as I still look at the ((mountains)) of snow in my corner of the world! But NOT for long as I have plans..tune in and I'll post about it soon..like next week!
Missed coming by for my visits glad I did today!
I am sure you had a lot of
S W E E T L O V E on Valentines Day! Love the fairy and I am sure she is your creation!! hugs NG xo

andrea said...

You are so good at cheering us up and remembering the little things (like V Day) that I'm sure no one begrudges you a holiday to do your work! I hope you took a little break to enjoy yesterday, though.

dinahmow said...

My Rosmarinus is now sub-marinus!
Up here, on our hill, we are OK buut the city is suffering the worst flood in 90 years.
So your cheerful little post is a tonic.
Cheers!

Soozcat said...

Oh, happy Valentine's day, dear Tara. I am sorry I didn't plan ahead and get a little chocolate before going under the knife. :( Perhaps it will have to wait for St. Patrick's Day.

Maddy said...

Nip on over and collect your award [todays date]
Cheers

Cre8Tiva said...

i managed to forget allabout v day...geesh that is too sad...i love primrose...i have missed visiting you...hugs, r

natural attrill said...

I love the colours, the browns and pinks, of the card top right.
Hope you had a lovely valentines day.
P.x

CJ said...

Hope you had a wonderful Valentines...even with the work, there must still have been time for a little chocolate? We have snowdrops and I even have a few daffodils here in my sunny spot but all else still sleeps, sigh...can't wait for spring!

Rima said...

Tara, how lovely to pop over here and see my drawings in your house! Isn't the internet a strange thing? :) Thank you so much for "treating yourself" it helps my echoing coffers at this time of year!! hehe... glad they got there safe. You'll be pleased to know that our skies are still very blue and a little frosty...
Glad you had a lovely valentine's day and do I spy Green & Blacks chocolate there? :) mmmm
A very happy week to you Tara
x Rima

clairesgarden said...

happy valentine wishes to you! a wee bit late.

Joanna said...

Happy belated valentines. What lovely gifts you have recieved. Hope all is going well, its been really frosty here in the mornings and it has not rained for 2 whole weeks, amazing.

cinderelly said...

what a sweet primrose fairy! this weather has been wonderful! i'll have to go peek at my herb garden and see what is peeking out too! and i started reading the dr. and then forgot to check back! thanks for reminding!

Vienna for Beginners said...

Tara,
Valentine's day may have come and gone, I still would like to wish you a year full of Valentine's, and the time to enjoy them all!
MS Gardening issue, I have to check at my newspaper guy, he special orders MS Living for me, it's always like a breath of air from home for me. I collect them since the first issue.
I sw lots of blooming rosemary in the hills around Florence last week, but didn't get around to photograph a single one of them. Your image of your rosemary is beautiful! :-)