Parks and Quilts

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Last night was the first pleasant night that I can recall that was perfect for a walk out at the lake – and this was actually the first time this entire summer that I felt like doing that!  It had just been too hot.

Such a nice evening and we were lucky to see a mink searching for food last night just before  sunset.  It is not a really good photo of him, but he was too skittish to get very close to him and this was with the zoom lens.

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And other of him, he ran back around us and I got him in a different position.  I don’t know why I didn’t realize they were quite so small.

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A variety of cypress trees that grow near the lake.

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these are the seed pods up close – kind of weird looking

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This is the visitor center at Lake Dardanelle State Park

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The next POTC block started.  This one is #18 – a little blurry – sorry about that – I will take another photo when it is finished.

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I decided to go with the aqua and green batik for the squares that join all the blocks – I will put 4 blocks together soon so I can show you all how it looks and also so I can make more progress Smile  I have a lot of pre-cut 6 inch squares (plus more yardage) of these two fabrics that I was going to use for another project several years ago that turned into a table topper instead of a full size quilt – I need to use up these squares and thought it would be perfect for this project.  The joining squares are 1 1/2 inch with the seam allowance included.  For those that don’t remember this is an Inklingo project where you print your templates on fabric from your computer.

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I finished the last little bit of a row  on Joseph’s Coat last night and gave the quilt another crank down – almost the end in sight now – Row number 10 the last section is still to be unrolled.  So nice to know the end is almost in sight!

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It is cloudy today and so far not hot! Time for me to do something other than sitting at the computer or sewing – have a great weekend everyone.

11 comments… add one

  • Flo Aug 18, 2012

    I have never seen a mink before! Cool!!!
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  • Vera Aug 18, 2012

    Nice photos of the park, mink, and cypress. We have plans to set out a cypress in our back yard this fall. I know they shed but thinking their graceful beauty out-weighs the extra work involved.
    I like the block you’ve started and the Joseph’s Coat is beautiful.
    Enjoy your cooler week-end.

  • Doreen Aug 18, 2012

    So glad to see you are able to get outside and actually enjoy yourself! Great for the rain, too!-D The POTC blocks are so nice…..love your colors!!! Hugs, D
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  • Tim Latimer Aug 18, 2012

    what a great place for a walk! beautiful….we don’t get to see mink in MI…

  • Debra Aug 18, 2012

    OMG Karen, you have just educated me. I know this will so stupid but I knew they grew minks for coats but I never knew that they ran wild. I guess not in my part of Canada. Wow!

    Your quilts are coming along nicely.
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  • Nedra Aug 18, 2012

    How nice you could go out for an evening walk. The temps actually dropped below 100 here yesterday, too.
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  • Astrid Aug 18, 2012

    I know how it feels, the first walk after the heat of the summer – just wonderful to be outside again, isn’t it? Lovely area you did the walk. Cute little mink! :) Indeed, the seed pods look a bit weird! Great progress on JC’s.
    Wonderful weekend to you too!
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  • glen in louisiana Aug 19, 2012

    Here’s my trivia for the day: Minks are small so it takes a lot of them to make a coat. And when they get hurt, the wound heals leaving a mark in the outer fur rendering it undesirable. So the breeders imported the nutria. Large rodents, healthy, beautiful coat and can live in the wild because wounds don’t mark the fur. Ultimately they were deemed unsatisfactory, probably because of their inability to be trapped easily or tamed to handling. They will fight a large dog when encountered, and the dog will lose!

    Hence the huge population of nutria in the swamps, in New Orleans itself where they undermine the structure of the levees by burrowing into them. There is open season where hunters get top prices for bringing in the tail.

    Oh, and when I was a kid growing up in New Orleans, my girlfriend told me that those cypress pods contained alligators! I believed it for a long long time!

    glen: still don’t like cypress trees…………
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  • Loretta Aug 19, 2012

    The picture of the mink looked so much like a ferret that I had to go check it out. According to Wikipedia, they are both in the same family…that’s why they look so much alike.

    I thought that maybe somebody’s ferret had escaped. Ours did that once…she chewed the screen on the window, fell down 2 stories and landed on landscaping rocks,…then showed up at the hair salon 2 doors down 5 days later! :) We were very happy to have her back!

  • Karen Aug 19, 2012

    Loretta I thought to that they look a lot like a ferret, we were going to check the visitor center for photos to make sure we knew what we had seen, when we were just about done with our walk we came upon a sign with a photo and it said that the mink hang out by the pier in search of food in the evening. I had never seen one there before.

  • Vivian Aug 19, 2012

    Cool pictures. I am so ready for cooler weather. But, I would like to see it last from now until late October. It seems like we haven’t had a fall season in years.
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