Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

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It has indeed been a very Good Friday. I had been wanting to go to the Brandywine River Museum to catch the exhibit on Edward Gorey for a few weeks now and the weatherman was calling for rain today so I thought it would be the perfect time to go. I don't think I was allowed to take photos but there wasn't really anyone around. Here are some envelopes he drew on and sent to friends. I thought it would have been cool to have one of these.

Because I was being sneaky I didn't get many photos. I really wanted to take one of a man and a dragon exchanging gifts but there were a few people in the room. I was surprised that most of his pen and ink drawings were very small, about 5" x 7". Some really fun artwork and they had his big old beaver coat there too.

A cool NC Wyeth Painting I don't remember seeing before. It was called something like "Brigham the Famous Buffalo Hunting Horse". Don't quote me on that title, I just thought it was neat that the guy was using no tack.

And the cool bronze pig down by the Brandywine River.

So after we were done with the museum we decided to head over to Longwood Gardens since we were in the area, have a membership and it hadn't started raining (it never did rain). A few varieties of tulips were up as were some other springtime flowers. I was in love with this purple one. There were loads of pretty blues and purples! I want a wisteria bonsai and a weeping redbud!

A beautiful Canada Goose in a pond by the meadow. His mate was nesting nearby.

As if the day couldn't get any better, my neighbor down the street at Goat Flower Farm had several perrenials to share with me and a ton of new baby fainting and pygmy goats. Also saw a hawk on her fence. I think it's a Cooper's Hawk or Sharp Shinned Hawk. Here are my two favorite photos I took this evening.

Okay, now I AM really tired! Off to have that glass of wine and put up my tired dogs:) I have a ton of things to plant tomorrow (oops, I forgot to mention all the lovely flowers my mom gave me for Easter when we stopped by the shop she works at!).


Kathleen Coy said...

Love the photos, looks like you had a great day! Yes, that is either a Coopers or Sharp Shinned Hawk, it's kind of hard to tell them apart...mostly the shape of their tails looks different in flight. Can't remember the other differences off hand except that the Coopers is bigger. And OMG, that bonsai wisteria is amazing!!!

Sarah said...

Oh these are wonderful pictures!!! Can't decide which I love more!!! Really love the bonsai wisteria! The little goat was darling too!! Amazing stuff - looks like you had a wonderful day!!! Sarah

Fab Fibers said...

I've been to Longwood Gardens! It was amazing. The fountains were my favorite, next to all the blooms that is!

Meghann said...

OOOHH what a great day you had, I'm jealous! The exhibit looked fabulous, I want a wisteria bonsai too now (my hubby won't thank you for that, lol), and your nature photos were great!
Hope your glass of wine was good too :)
Can't wait to see your plants!

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

That sounds like a great day~~ so many beautiful things!

photogchic said...

Love that bronze pig. Maybe the painting with no tack was the inspiration for all the liberty work the natural horsemanship trainers are doing.

Jennifer Rose said...

the purple flower looks like an anemone. they come in lots of colours.

aww very cute goat. fainting goat? I hope thats just a name :p

Carolee said...

You're making me want to play hookey today and run down to the Brandywine - LOVE Edward Gorey!!

Great photos from Longwood Gardens too. The wisteria bonsai is amazing....I'd say I want one, but I'd probably kill it, hehe.

Happy Easter!
~ Carolee

Zan Asha said...

Oooh, Jen, I have envy!! Wild animals, baby goats, beautiful plants and Edward Gorey? Dang, I need to move near where you live! Not even NYC has a museum with his work!! Doh!

jane augenstein said...

Jennifer, oh, all of your pictures are beautiful! Loved the sneaded shots from the museum you took, LOL
but the one that I love the most is the jumping baby goat, how adorable!!! Goats are just so darned cute!!!

Melody Lea Lamb said...

WOW! What an outstanding and delightful journey for our eyes you just gave us! Thank you so much. I could gaze over these images again and again. Happy Easter!

Bonnie Story said...

I love Edward Gorey's work! The envelopes are wonderful. I had the pleasure of seeing several Gorey pieces in a private collection in CA, that was a big treat. I always enjoy the lead-in to the "Mystery!" series on PBS with the Gorey characters. Great post! I like all the different things you show: Scenery, flowers, animals, artwork - makes for great reading.