Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Collecting teapots

 What with a computer down for a month, and 6 artshows in a row, I have been missing in action on this blog!
   I borrowed husband's computer and made a little movie about collecting teapots, something I have talked about more than once on the HH Gazette.

The cold months are the best time for pots and pots of hot tea! 
My lovely Daughter in law, Hara, has kept up my supply with myriad varieties of tea.
 Just look at all these tea tins from Hara!
 After I use up the tea, I still have these tins to use for holding flower seeds, beads, buttons and what-not.

 I must recommend to you the very best tea for winter time, if you love spicy, cinnamon and clove drinks, please try this:


 You can purchase through the Harney and Sons website OR on Amazon.
 If you like a milder herbal tea try the "Peppermint Herbal" or the 'Yellow and Blue", it has Chamomile and Lavender.
When the tea is gone, you still have the really cool tea tin.
Next, find a really special tea pot and some vintage cups... it is a lovely way to treat yourself. Oh, and don't forget the book you will want to read as you sip your tea in that comfy chair.



 My teapot collection:

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Little kitties


 Our Fall Shows begin for us at the end of September and run to December.


Little cats have been on the menu this week...


The life size cats are TOO much work, and I would never be able to charge for the time it takes to create one.


 Therefore the bitty kittys are taking over the table.
  Much more fun to make!


More affordable, as well






  YO and Meow!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Hopalong Hollow says farewell to Summer..

Summer departs at just about the time we've had enough of it. Too much heat, too many weeds to pull, grass to cut, and browning gardens; but summer memories can be sweet and poignant  and each year, wonderfully different from the year before.
 These are some from here in Hopalong Hollow.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The video for the Potager Picket Fence...

    
This video goes with the post beneath.
 I find myself using YouTube more than blogger these days.  I find it's easier and more interesting to portray my garden in video than in  photographs.

 My thanks to those of you who visit my blog; 
 it seems that many have gone to other platforms and dropped blogging.  I used  Facebook for awhile, but frankly, find it less personal than a blog or You Tube video.
 I continue to blog, not as often as before since I am using my You Tube Channel as an  extension of the  Hopalong Hollow Gazette.
 Please visit my channel, you will see much that you don't see here! 
 Fondly from the Hollow, Jeri

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Hopalong Hollow renovation....

What can I say? The peacocks had devastated my Potager garden.. Not a tomato, pepper or watermelon plant survived the onslaught of 4 hungry, mischievous, vegetarian scavengers . I was at my wits end. Many of those plants I had grown from wee seedlings in my own little trays, watered and babied them from "birth"...only to have them devoured in a matter of days.
That is when I decided to completely ENCLOSE my entire potager with a lethal, pointy topped fence.
 
 I used the spindles from our old porch railing as my pickets, cut the tops into sharp spears and created 8 ft sections of fencing to cover 57 feet. .
James sunk all the posts for me and together we created, a wonderful new garden area.  (James has dug 16 post holes this season, he has gone through 3 post hole diggers in the last few years. He says he never wants to dig another hole.)
 Where there once was an open kitchen garden, now we have a tidy, enclosed and very cottage-y Potager.
I will explain to you soon, why peacocks and chickens will not challenge this short fence.




Instead of topping each post with a finial, I used what I had, clay pots. The pots mimic the color of the brick walkways, and can be filled with just about anything. At the moment, they have newly potted succulents in plastic pots inserted inside the clay pot. But I think in the fall, I will fill the pots with tulip bulbs!



 I only had 100 spindles and that covered the footage for the fencing, but not enough for the two gates I needed. What to do......???
 Well, years ago I purchased one 8 ft section of antique cast iron fence. I've moved it here and there over the years... it hasn't ever really had much of a purpose until now.
James cut it into two pieces.... one for a large gate and the other a very small gate.
I "welded" these metal bird silhouettes I had purchased from a garden show 3 years ago.

 This made a fantastically sweet, but simple gate!


 TWO GATES!
 I used old rakes as gate stoppers...
On the big gate...

 and On the small gate.


I was able to put my old cast iron teapot to use at last! I found this years ago, after seeing on at the Museum of Appalachia used as a gate weight.
This pulls the gate closed using gravity.
Jolly good!

  I did not paint the posts because I wanted to break up the monotony of the pickets.
Now, some will ask, can't peacocks fly right over those pickets? YES and NO.... they can, but they won't. My birds do not like "barricades" on top of a fence. If the edges were smooth enough to perch upon, that would be a different story, such as a straight edged ranch gate; but obstacles such as pickets make them nervous. They have never flown over my various fences here on the property.
It may be too late for my vegetables, but tomorrow is another day, and one can always plan the next crop anytime of the year.

Hopalong Hollow Cottage Garden 
 The elements that tie this garden design together  are:
Old rusty metal: trellis, metal bedsteads used as trellis, iron fencing, the old rakes, the wheelbarrow, the cast iron teapot used as a gate weight.
Stone and brick; Used in the walkways, used as garden borders, the clay pots repeat the color of the brick.
Timbers and woven branch fencing; Used to enclosed garden beds
Concrete statuary used through-out the garden.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The color Yellow...

Who loves the color yellow?.
Isn't it just dandy to build one's nest in a field of Yellow?

"And speaking of YELLOW, I just happen to have 2, count em, TWO! newly hatched, YELLOW ducklings beneath me. And 4 more eggs too!"
  "MY sister  Lu-ADA, hatched her eggs  yesterday.... she only got 4 yellow ducklings."

 " My children will all be the color of SUNFLOWERS!"


"Lu-Ada's children are the color of mud...."


"But they'll wash up pretty good."

 Is anything as precious as baby Ducklings? I don't think so.
These sister ducks had their nests right across from each other and the babies hatched within one day of the other. Now, we are delighted to have little uns again!

Friday, July 6, 2018

What's in the workbasket?

 I have a wide sampling of Hopalong Hollow folk I am working on this week. Mice, bear, fox, rabbit and lots of birds, in varying degrees of progress..

Heads waiting in line for limbs.....bodies......tails.
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A swan who's feet are WAY to small waits for foot surgery so that he can stand properly.

 But I've been sidetracked and 
I'm trying a shore bird, as I have never made one...

Aside from having longer legs,


and a longer thinner beak,

They aren't much different than making any other bird....
 Except for an OWL.....
 I think I shall make a little barn owl next, the swan will have to wait for his feet enlargement.