Tuesday, November 20, 2012


 Hello dear people, I know you are just as busy as I am, I keep telling myself this is not the human race though sometimes it feels that way. I added a beautiful brooch to my etsy shoppe last night, I'll be adding little do dads as time allows, a few online surprises as I continue to work for my show.

I've been hiking, we've had some gorgeous rain, the hills smell divine and it seems everyone is out including these gossiping girlfriends.

 I scared up a pretty Coopers Hawk who proceeded to watch me with distaste. I think theses are my favorite hawks, I love the way they maneuver through the sky, a small fighter jet.

With but two nice storms and sunny skies, things seem to be instantly greening up, this is our greening season.

Native plants that went dormant in the hot summer months such as this currant are starting to awaken.

I really enjoy seeing this pair, last winter I followed a coyote trail and found them on the top of a hill, I was about 10 feet from them, they were not shy or aggressive in fact they would amble, stop and turn to see if we were still following like an invitation.  Banjo and I continued with them to an open meadow where we watched them tussle and play. They allowed us into their pack a special time I'll not soon forget.

I want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, yes you here in the US but also to you dear friends in other parts of the world, it's good to pause  and remember our blessings, too many to count really.

I have been trying to read
the script cut in these hills—
a language carved in the shimmer of stubble
and the solid lines of soil, spoken
in the thud of apples falling
and the rasp of corn stalks finally bare.

The pheasants shout it with a rusty creak
as they gather in the fallen grain,
the blackbirds sing it
over their shoulders in parting,
and gold leaf illuminates the manuscript
where it is written in the trees.

Transcribed onto my human tongue
I believe it might sound like a lullaby,
or the simplest grace at table.
Across the gathering stillness
simply this: "For all that we have received,
dear God, make us truly grateful."

Thanksgiving by Lynn Ungar 

♥Love Ro


  1. Wow, the fantastic photos and the brooch too:-)

  2. Good to have you here Adela, thank you!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you !!

  3. Your paradise-turning-green...love the stories of the animals and that beautiful piece you've made!

    1. This is our season of greening, it feels like our true spring.
      Thank you for visiting Dawn!

  4. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.
    Happy Thanks Giving to you

    1. Thank you for being interested Nicole, nice to have you here.

      Happy Thanks giving to you and yours.

  5. Beautiful brooch!
    Lovely photos too, everything is dead here now so your greening is very nice to see. Love the coyotes, what a cool experience that must've been.
    Fantastic poem.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you DJ the entire story told in a brooch :)

      I hope you enjoy your days with family, many blessings to you all!

  6. Look at those skies--I'm grateful for those unobstructed views when they come along!!


    And lucky you, adopted into a coyote pack. I think that's an honor.

    You're right about blessings, of course, and just look the blessings of sprouts and leaf buds in your corner of the world--wow!!

    That new brooch is a blessing, too--a still life in silver. :-) Magnificent, Ro!!

    Thank you for the poem and for all you share--happy Thanksgiving to the Darrow artists-at-work....

    1. Ha haaa those are the best skies, nothing like winter sun!

      The coyote experience was something else, kind of magical, my only regret was that my camera batteries were dead, maybe they knew that!

      Yes as you know I am fond of those small still lifes, I build em how I feel them :)

      Thank you, I hope you enjoy your day with loved ones, you are a true blessing.

  7. That scenery is incredible...happy thanksgiving Ro...you really do have all the right scenery around you for thanksgiving! xx

    1. Hi Mona!

      I agree with you now that it's finally cooed down, for this bounty I am ever so thankful!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  8. ...that brooch: reminds me of my Gran, who I love(d) fiercely

    ...that expression: *snort*

    ...those gossiping girlfriends (hee) and handsome prairie wolves...

    ...that sunset *b r e a t h e*

    ...those words....

    Each a gift. Thank you, Ro. Hope any and all gatherings with family and friends bring their own heart-warming gifts to you, too.

    1. That expression made popular by Tyra Banks I believe, it is rather hilarious particularly used in the same sentence as Gran and brooch but fierce love is a wonderful thing!

      I hope you enjoy the upcoming days, I'm so happy to have the gift of winter!


    2. Hahahaha...the gimlet-eyed expression of the hawk, actually. (Sometimes my Kiwi brain does not translate on the page!) =)

      Wet, windy, and a little wild here at the moment, although nothing compared to our coastal cuzzies who have been taking a bit of a pounding the past couple days.

      Winter looks good on you. =)

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to all the gals on the trail, Ro that brooch is wonderful!
    * oh, that stone! *
    Much love and happiness to the wonderful Darrow Family!

    1. Big hugs Deb to you and your family, so many gifts and you are one of them!

      I'm in love with the chrysoprase, I'm going through a chryso phase :)


  10. Thanks for sharing all the beauty if your life. Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  11. HI Ro!

    If you're going to have a chrys-is, that is the best kind to have! (ha) The brooch is drop-dead gorgeous....am not surprised it has sold! :o)

    What a dirty, DIRTY look from that Coopers Hawk. lol

    Thanks for the wonderful poem and lovely images. Happy, happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!

    Wishing everyone else a relaxing day also...everyone has SO much for which to be thankful <3. Myself included!


    1. I hope your was wonderful Lisa and you DID get a chance to relax!!