This tree was a whimsical drawing that originally wasn’t going to be an adult coloring page – I was just fooling around, and started drawing roots like hair. When I was done the roots I decided to make it an adult coloring page after all, and filled in the ground with stones, and the sky with windy swirls.
When I first started creating adult coloring pages earlier this fall, I knew I wanted to draw some pages especially for Christmas and the holiday season which was fast approaching. I was looking at a lot of Margaret Berg illustrations at the time, and today’s free adult coloring page was inspired by Berg’s Christmas illustrations, like the ones below.
Sunday afternoon I left my apartment and was surprised to find one of the other tenants hosting a small get-together under one of the majestic purple maples that shade the front of our building. They had arranged assorted wooden chairs from her apartment in a semi-circle under the tree, and a few small folding tables held tea and cakes. I was enchanted. I must have walked by that spot a million times in the past, never imagining it as an outdoor room.
They enjoyed each other’s company for an hour or so before gradually dispersing… I listened to their gentle conversation as it floated past my windows, and I thought, “What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon…”
I appreciate shade trees. And summer. And friends.
The local papers have been full of stories lately about how desperately the city’s trees need to be watered. We’ve had a hot, dry and stressful summer for trees, and homeowners can help young or vulnerable trees survive by watering them regularly.
As much as I love trees, and as important as I think tress are for our landscape (after all, the area where I live was once covered in deciduous forest before the European settlers came), it pains me to think of a landscape that can no longer take care of itself. Knowing nothing about xeroscaping, I am nevertheless intrigued by vegetation that can fend for itself, no matter what the local conditions.
Regardless, I am watering some trees lately, for a friend who is away. Like many similar activities – housekeeping, cooking, child- and pet-minding – I love the quality of care-giving that’s required. It feels good to contribute to something other than me.
I actually took this photo not one, but two weekends ago, when I was walking in one of my favorite nearby woods. This path was flooded for most of the spring, and the day I took this photo was the first time I’d walked this way since last fall. (That’s the swampy edge of a pond on either side of the boardwalk.)
Have I mentioned I love these woods, and this path?
I love it – getting my hands dirty. This is a picture of my left hand after weeding my parents’ vegetable garden. There’s just something about dirt that says THIS IS REAL, PEOPLE. I appreciate dirt, and gardens, and short fingernails.
Purslane is a weed that grows abundantly in North America, as well as many other parts of the world. I first read about it being edible in Viana La Place’s Unplugged Kitchen – one of my favorite cookbooks of all time, because of La Place’s short anecdotes and memories of growing up in an Italian American family where she learned to treasure nourishing food prepared simply.
On the weekend I weeded my parents’ vegetable garden, and pulled up all the purslane growing between the carrot, beet, and lettuce seedlings that I planted earlier this spring. I’ve been eating the purslane all week long, chopped up into the massive raw salads that I eat at every meal now that the weather’s turned hot. I appreciate how nutritious this free food is.