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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bran Muffins recipe

The bran muffins were a big hit with the book club guests this weekend. This is from the back of the Rogers 100% Natural Wheat Bran package:
1 1/2 cups wheat bran, 1 cup buttermilk, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon each baking soda and powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup raisins.  Mix the bran and buttermilk and let stand for 10 minutes or overnight. Add the wet ingredients and raisins and mix well. Add the dry stuff and stir very little just until blended - some streaks of flour are fine. Spoon into 12 muffin cups (I use silicone so I do not need to grease) and bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes - less is better as then they are moist and tender. Just pat the top of a muffin with a finger and if it springs back, they are done.

Bridal Shower

The modern bride, and she is for sure - still plays games at her shower and wears a pie plate hat decorated with the bows from her gifts.
Here I am decorated as a "toilet paper bride" - and it really was fun :-)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Beach Walk

Friends visiting merits a walk out to the spit.

Driftwood bleached to grey beauty.

A pair of Black Oystercatchers as the tide rises on both sides of the spit.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ant Trail in the Forest

On our morning walk we saw an ant trail in the forest. It was etched more than a centimetre into the moss. The photos are not great - when there we could see the shiny black ants moving along the trail, but they are impossible to see in the still photos. The ants were about 1/2 centimetre long.

The ant trail through the moss.

Close up of the trail - there are ants in there moving along the highway.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Blue Featherweight Cardigan

I finished knitting my Blue Featherweight cardigan, using a pattern by Hannah Fettig at Knitbot.  

I used my lovely Malabrigo Merino Lace yarn which was a dream to knit with.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Newcastle Island

Julie and I had our annual summer adventure outing on July 5. This year we hiked around Newcastle Island. A lovely day, the first day of real summer that we have had here. The wild flowers were blooming in a Garry Oak meadow.

Brodiaea coronaria

Geranium molle

Resting in the shade at the end of the hike, waiting for the ferry back off the island.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Love in a Mist and Graham Thomas

Love in a Mist
Graham Thomas rose with Lady's Mantle