I finally finished the text portion of this piece and now am deciding on thread colours for the hand quilted border. I am trying to let this stage of the process be more spontaneous - I've had enough (for now) of the niggly tiny stitches of satin stitch.
This butterfly (I believe a Western Swallowtail)touched down on the rhododendron for a moment. There have been a lot of them around. I was able to study one very closely for a few minutes this morning as it was resting on the leaves of an apple tree.
This blue flowered tree (I wish I knew what it was) is absolutely alive with bees. I find it fascinating to watch them work the blossoms.
I took a bit of time to lie on my back on the deck and look up at the kiwi vine. It's a stunner!