Last Saturday, we had some visitors to Cranberry Cottage. Two of my quilting friends, a mother and daughter, came to visit us and see the cottage and its surroundings.
Saskia was the first person to call when I placed a flyer in a quilt shop to join my quilt group. She decided to take a photo of us sitting on a bench. She walked in the woods and put her camera on a stump. I did not even realize what she was doing until Joke (pronounced 'yo-ka' for those who do not know Dutch) and I saw her running towards us. We were laughing so hard that I am surprised how nice a photo the tree stump took for us. *grins* If you enlarge the photo, you can see it better but it is Joke on the left, Saskia and then myself on the right.
Joke's husband Gerard is very talented with colors and shapes also which is fitting since his wife is a quilter. He made me this beautiful suncatcher as his hobby is making stained glass and Tiffany items.
And yes, it is that time of year again. I love spending time in the woods searching for toadstools. I took too many photos to share at once so I will show you them on and off in the coming entries.
When you take a walk in the Dutch woods, it is never hard to understand how Rien Poortvliet came up with his stories and drawings of gnomes. If you have never seen his artwork, it is well worth looking it up.
The beauty that can come from one tree stump left in the woods. These were growing on the right side of the stump...
...and these on the left.
Toadstools are like jewels in the woods to me and it is shame that they don't last long. I try to look for them each weekend while we are up at the cottage. Holland is a country rich in various types of toadstools due to its damp climate.