Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June Dreams

The Flying Clubhouse: June Dreams // black-eyed susans
The Flying Clubhouse: June Dreams // black-eyed susans
The Flying Clubhouse: June Dreams // queen anne's lace
The Flying Clubhouse: June Dreams // fire king bowl of cherries
The Flying Clubhouse: June Dreams // cherries
The Flying Clubhouse: June Dreams // kitty
The Flying Clubhouse: June Dreams // daylilies
The Flying Clubhouse: June Dreams // travel
This week has been busy with packing and planning for our summer road trip. I'm probably packing more than I need for an eleven-day journey, but at least my clothes, shoes, and toiletries fit in one bag! Well, my hats don't. I've formed a formidable "hat pizza" of stacked chapeaus to sit in the back seat. (Do people travel with hat boxes anymore? I'll have to look into that)! I'm very excited - this is the biggest trip we've ever planned together, and we're heading to places we've never seen before.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Shishkin's Landscapes

The Flying Clubhouse: Shishkin's Landscapes // Gathering Storm, 1884
The Flying Clubhouse: Shishkin's Forest // Forest Before the Storm
The Flying Clubhouse: Shishkin's Landscapes // Forest Cemetery, 1893
The Flying Clubhouse: Shishkin's Forest // At the Edge of the Forest, 1885
The Flying Clubhouse: Shishkin's Forest // Landscape, 1861
The Flying Clubhouse: Shishkin's Forest // Paintings
The Flying Clubhouse: Shishkin's Forest // Stones
The Flying Clubhouse: Shishkin's Forest // The Sun in the Forest, 1895
The Flying Clubhouse: Shishkin's Forest // Rye, 1878
The Flying Clubhouse: Shishkin's Forest // Forest Hut, 1892
The Flying Clubhouse: Shishkin's Forest // Rain in the Oak Grove, 1891
1. Gathering Storm, 1884
2. Forest Before the Storm, 1872
3. Forest Cemetery, 1893
4. At the Edge of the Forest, 1885
5. Landscape, 1861
6. Edge of the Forest, 1879
7. Little House in Dusseldorf, 1856
8. Stones
9. The Sun in the Forest, 1895
10. Rye, 1878
11. Forest Hut, 1892
12. Rain in the Oak Grove, 1891

I'm enchanted by the landscapes of 19th century Russian artist Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. I want to walk into these paintings and explore these beautiful Russian landscapes. You can almost feel the sunlight and touch the moss. His painting really convey a majestic sense of scale with towering trees, billowing clouds, and tiny wildflowers. More of Shishkin's paintings can be seen at the State Tretyakov Gallery website.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

The Woods at the Edge of the Meadow

The Flying Clubhouse: The Woods at the Edge of the Meadow // vintage 70s dress
The Flying Clubhouse: The Woods at the Edge of the Meadow // vintage 70s outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: The Woods at the Edge of the Meadow // vintage backpack
The Flying Clubhouse: The Woods at the Edge of the Meadow // Minnetonka Kilty Suede Moccasins
The Flying Clubhouse: The Woods at the Edge of the Meadow // The Feline Stinkeye
The Flying Clubhouse: The Woods at the Edge of the Meadow // floral dress and sunhat
The Flying Clubhouse: The Woods at the Edge of the Meadow // orange butterfly weed
The Flying Clubhouse: The Woods at the Edge of the Meadow // 70s dark floral print
The Flying Clubhouse: The Woods at the Edge of the Meadow // sunhat
I had a close encounter with a copperhead the other night. I almost stepped on it. We were walking in the evening, and it was pretty dark. The snake was coiled up on the sidewalk and we only noticed it when we brushed past it and it moved. After initially moving it froze on the sidewalk about four feet away from us. We were able to get a good look and see that it was a copperhead - with a tan and brown diamond pattern down its side. It wasn't very big, maybe two or two and a half feet long, but it was the biggest snake I have encountered in the wild (although I never considered the sidewalk near our place the wild). It's surprising I haven't seen more vipers considering all the snake-y places I go to get photographs.

Here's a summery outfit. Sun hats are my best friends right now. I'm loving my new-to-me 70s tent dress. It's a very cotton-like polyester - which I'm appreciating because I can pack it in my suitcase and it doesn't wrinkle like my cotton or viscose clothes. It's a great traveling dress!

dress: vintage 70s via longingly
shoes: minnetonka
bag: vintage 70s via crazygoodbannas
hat: vintage // gift


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Monday, June 8, 2015

Catchfly

The Flying Clubhouse: June Catchfly // blackberries
The Flying Clubhouse: June Catchfly // fleabane
The Flying Clubhouse: June Catchfly // fire pink
The Flying Clubhouse: Catchfly // evening primrose
The Flying Clubhouse: June Catchfly // blackberries
The Flying Clubhouse: June Catchfly // trail
The Flying Clubhouse: Catchfly // mountain view
The Flying Clubhouse: Catchfly // arrowwood
The Flying Clubhouse: Catchfly
The Flying Clubhouse: Catchfly // blackberry
The Flying Clubhouse: Catchfly // evening primrose
The bright red flower is a fire pink, sometime known as scarlet catchfly. I found a lot of it growing by the trail yesterday. There were also yellow evening primroses and unripe black berries growing wild. We kept looking to the sky on our hike, because the rolling clouds threatened rain. There were thunderstorms in the weather report for 7:30 pm, and we were out at 4:00 and 5:00 pm. June weather can change so quickly, however. But the rolling clouds passed on.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Clubhouse Year

The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year
It's the 70th post and this month marks a one-year blogiversary. I'd like to thank you for reading, viewing, following, commenting. I hope it's been interesting for you, because this year was certainly interesting for me. Here are some highlights and things that happened this year (in no particular order):

❧ I learned a great deal about photography and our Nikon D3100. With practice, I grew comfortable shooting in manual mode.

❧ The most popular post this year - the one that received the most hits - was September's Purple Roses, featuring Mata Traders.
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year - feather
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year - sea foam
❧ We visited the coast of North Carolina and saw Cape Lookout.

❧ I embedded a piece from Tchaicovsky's The Seasons in one post every month. I love these reflective pieces for solo piano, they're so relaxing and really take me to another place. My favorite excerpt is Troika (November). What's yours?
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year - swamp weed
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year - wildflowers
❧ In October, my sister and I went to the Land of Oz, which is in North Carolina. Who knew?

❧ My style evolved muchly - it's become more earthy and rustic. Practicality and my personal aesthetics seem to be converging. I gravitated toward a looser silhouette. I used to be all about fit-and-flair and now my motto is "waist not." I wore a lot of burgundy, aubergine and black. Dark ditsy prints were my passion. I fell in love with wide-brim hats. My trusty thrifted backpack proved to be the most useful bag this year. Not only does it function as a purse, but it also carries my camera on hikes. What can I say? I love having my arms free.
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year - Favorite Outfits

❧ We had an incredibly brief but beautiful snow this year.

❧ George Gently, Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Poirot, Marple, Endeavour - I enjoyed lots of British TV this year. I may have a problem. We didn't go to the theater much, but we did see The Imitation Game on Christmas and thought it was incredibly moving. I also enjoyed The Theory of Everything.
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year - amethyst
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year - green stones
❧ I enjoyed experimenting with night photography and long exposures.

❧ My husband and I played a lot of addictive Nancy Drew games. In fact, we just finished Sea of Darkness, which is one of our favorites so far - super puzzles, interesting story and characters. I've been playing these games since I was a kid. In fact, I think immersing myself in so many Nancy Drew puzzles actually helped me with my SAT at the end of high school. But somehow the older I get the more challenging these games become!
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year - mystery book nook
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year - mystery book nook
❧ There are times of year that stand out - April, when everything is in bloom, October, when the leaves are at their peak color, but I thought late summer was especially beautiful this year. The fields turned yellow with wildflowers and we had many lovely days.

❧ This year I was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder. Getting diagnosed with OCD was surprising and uncomfortable at first, but it explained so many things about my life - past and present. With medication and strategies learned in therapy, I'm in control of my life again and managing quite well. I haven't had a panic attack in months. I feel stronger after going through this experience and more comfortable with living with uncertainty. Seeking professional help was a difficult step, but absolutely worth it. You can learn more about OCD here.
Dainty Cats with Smudge Noses
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year - raindrops
Great little things are coming and I'm very excited. There's the autumn zine, I'm determined to write more this year, and there will be hats with even wider brims. ;-) We're going to be traveling soon and we're planning all kinds of adventures.

Thank you so much for reading. I cherish your comments so much. Here's to another year!
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year
The Flying Clubhouse: Clubhouse Year
The Seasons, Op. 37b, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky

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