Todd and I went on a quick jaunt to Indianapolis for a weekend wedding. The day before the wedding, though, we stayed in Bloomington, Indiana. Todd lived, worked, and studied in Bloomington for almost a decade. He moved to Indianapolis after we got married, and we just didn't take the time to visit Bloomington very much after that. We have missed it greatly, and on this trip Todd kept saying, "I just didn't appreciate Bloomington enough when I lived here."
(Note: because I hate juggling multiple lenses on short trips, I brought Todd's junky camera. Junky camera + low late afternoon light = less-than-crisp photos. You have been warned!)
After driving around town and through the surrounding countryside, we visited Griffy Lake, just minutes from the IU campus. No motorboats allowed, and lots of wildlife, so it was a favorite place for us to kayak.
It's a wildlife preserve, so lots of birds.
Frogs croaked contentedly.
A great blue heron stalked, then caught, a blue gill.
I've always loved the IU campus. So many beautiful buildings, flowers, walking trails, and green space!
...and, a surprising amount of wildlife! Besides plenty of birds and squirrels, Todd spotted a chipmunk eating berries.
We saw at least 4 rabbits, including a baby.
I think I'm going to have to add a few rabbits to our eventual farm. I love them! Speaking of rabbits, I just ordered 2 rabbit art prints from a textile artist in the UK. I can't afford her actual embroidered scenes, which cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars, but the prints of her work are very high-quality and detailed. This is the same rabbit, one with summer and one with winter coat. The embroidery work is amazing, but I couldn't seem to pick up the detail with my camera after I'd framed them.
They measure 8" x 8" and make me so happy!
After our lengthy car trip, we were happy to discover that all the gardenia bushes are in full bloom. We have tons of them and the air is so fragrant.
Our hydrangeas, too, are showing signs of life. After years of nothing, I think we may actually get some blossoms!
In other news, I ordered a quilt kit from Craftsy called WALLFLOWER QUILT. I love the super cheerful fabric, which includes a knitted print (stockinette), and one with sprinkles!
The finished quilt will look like this:
I'm still slowly working away at my Colorado quilt, but I'm not in any hurry.
Have a great week!