Welcome to Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden), a photography blog with a slant towards gardening and nature. An amateur gardener and photographer, I hope to share beautiful moments with you through pictures. Let me know if you like them!
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Thank you for your visit.
Winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year.
Hurray for Spring!
The yarn above is 75 % wool and 25 % polyamide. Sock yarns often contain some synthetic material, considered essential for durability. The one below is 100% acrylic:
The acrylic ones I use for other projects. Photos will be posted at some indefinite time in the future. :)
and - especially - dear, dear members/followers and commenters,
I will post my Christmas greetings to you on the 24th, before a short "Christmas break".
|1/50 s, f/5.6, ISO 800|
|1/10 s, f/5.6, ISO 800|
|1/15 s, f/5.6, ISO 800|
Do visit Donna's interesting blog A Personal Photo Challenge for more Christmas scenes! Thank you, Donna!
Because it's Sunday, I will be joining also Judith at Lavender Cottage Gardening for Mosaic Monday. Thank you for hosting, Judith!
|Photo: Keke ja Eevis|
|Photo: Jorma Jämsen|
It remained independent also 75 years ago, when the Soviet Union attacked it on 30 November. Vastly superior in number of soldiers, aircraft, and tanks, the SU expected a total victory within two weeks.
World opinion largely supported the Finnish cause and there were plans for an international intervention, cancelled firstly by the refusal by Sweden and Norway to allow the British and French troops to pass through their territory and secondly by the end of the war.
Hostilities ceased on 13 March 1940. Finland had to cede a portion of Karelia, four islands in the Gulf of Finland and other areas (and more than 400,000 civilians were hastily evacuated), but retained its sovereignty.
Remembering with gratitude.
|'Sorbet Pink Wing'|
|'Sorbet Blueberry Cream'|
Here in the north, the sun is low at this time of the year. In addition to this, the weather has been cloudy in the last few weeks and blue skies especially hard to come by. In November, the sunshine around here was measured in minutes, not hours...
It's tiring. We do have a light box in our home (light therapy is believed to make up for lost sunlight exposure and, according to my experience, it really resets the body's internal clock), but I haven't used it yet. Colours help as well!
This glazed terracotta pot is my favourite. It also has a story. Where we lived earlier, we were very fortunate to live near to a retail nursery owned by a relative of my husband. Pietro takes his work seriously. We bought vigorous plants there at a good price and with an excellent service. Pietro's sister was sometimes helping him, and once she had planted orange pansies in this burgundy coloured pot. I loved the combination, but tried to control my shopaholism, always triggered by plants for sale.
In an old (scanned, low quality - sorry!) photo, you can see some primulas, too, another love of mine:
This spring, I planted a begonia in my pot. It thrived through summer and bloomed until now:
If you like orange, you can find some more pictures here.
Sometimes I buy Christmas cards that I find so beautiful I end up adding them to my small collection, instead of sending them to somebody. The card below is one of those. By Aquarupella, it's actually printed in France, but the scene looks very typical of Scandinavia. My photo does not do the image justice (the colours should be more brilliant, and the glitter used is not reproduced very well), but it's better than my first effort with a scanner.
You can find this card ("Cabin in the snow") at online shops as well.
|Photo: Jorgen Larsson|
Donna's post on letting go can be read at http://www.livingfromhappiness.com/poetry-sunday-letting-go/.
She writes: "The Hyssop pictured here refers to in the Language of Flowers. It felt appropriate to use these flowers given the cleansing that letting go can bring."
Thank you, Donna!