We had terrible storms on Saturday again, so next morning early---between 4-5am I went outside to survey the damage. I dumped out all the excess water from the flower pots. We had no major wind, just extremely heavy downpours.
Seeing the casualties were our Iris beaten down to the ground full of blooms and buds, I cut the broken stems and had quite a bundle of flowers. Not much else was blooming except some purple columbine and some wild flowers (Dames Rocket--or money plant) in the back yard.
The Iris had already twisted up and I wrangled them into a bouquet and used my granny's enameled coffeepot for a vase. Adding some long lime green Barberry stems helped to relieve the purple for a color accent. The bushes needed to be trimmed anyway.
The sun came quickly around the corner full blast, so I brought them inside and readjusted the blooms.
Placed on the table.
It is seldom that I'm up before my husband. He turns the television on first thing. This morning was silence. I just sat and enjoyed the eastern sun on the blooms and the peace and quiet.
As the morning light grew more intense the colors changed. The green of the Barberry took on a chartreuse hue, the purples lightened, some to lavender.
I grabbed the camera and took more pictures in the changing light while my coffee and muffins got cold.
I thought of Monet and his many sketches and paintings of the same subjects in different light at different times of day.
Now, it so easy a to push a button of an automatic camera and we capture life as it happens, even the wrinkles on my tablecloth, I'm allergic to ironing, but love the soft vintage textures of old linens.
The darkness of the background, the patterns in the tablecloth and cup, the shine of the enamel all are a slice of life.
The muffins are Oatmeal Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut with flaxseed, super healthy and tasty.
My basic recipe is Pumpkin Apple Muffins to which I tweaked and added more nuts and cranberries and applesauce instead of apples. They freeze well and are very healthy.
And the light changed again....as each moment of life does. Each day that passes is different, if we only take the time to see.
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