Hectic Friday, Partially Sunny

It started out very nice, sunny and bright, but the clouds rolled in by noon. Thankfully, by the time I headed out for my 4 miles, the sun was peeking through here and there. I got so completely wet Thursday that I was grateful for the sun. It was a quite brisk 44 degrees with a northerly wind, which blew down a few more leaves here and there. Dad’s carefully raked lawn was covered with Norway Maple leaves, so they are (finally!) coming down.

I have a bunch of cough syrups and immune support recipes to make this weekend: horehound syrup, elderberry syrup and drops, and herbal cough drops with slippery elm – and some lip balm for my sister. It’s exciting that my family members now ask me for herbal remedies (since I haven’t poisoned anyone yet and I have actually helped them with the ailments they’re asking for help with).  I will also need to decant the vanilla bitters and add the next set of ingredients to the cherry bitters. then all done with making bitters for this year. Maybe.

The Michigan Autumn textile collection is coming along. I have photographed all my references and dropped out the backgrounds. Now to figure out what sort of manipulation I want to do with the references and put the collection together. I think it will be very pretty when its all done.

We need more apples. I’m going through those things like water. Apples are so good for you and the Michigan apples just taste so great it’s hard to stop.

Interesting New Material: Pearlflex

This interesting new material from TCI Tang Chen in the Philippines has some interesting possibilities. Pearlflex is made from mother of pearl and Paua shell and combines the iridescence of these materials into a flat sheet suitable for use as tiles for home decor, or in fashion as a button or trim material or it would be ideally suited to make small evening bags.

Pearlflex is a nonwoven, with a flexible  base matrix that includes a water-based coating. The natural iridescence from the matrix changes hue as the material is moved and different parts of the matrix reflects light at varying wavelengths (this is a natural property of shell and mother of pearl.)

Pearlflex is light, sturdy, flexible and it able to withstand low or extreme temperatures. The material is tested on water absorbency and UV exposure to ensure quality.

You can check out its technical specifications at the Materia database.

Announcing the Shengri La Bird Sanctuary

Sanctuary Entrance
Sanctuary Entrance

We have completed the new bird sanctuary behind the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace, and would like to invite all to visit our newest space, full of birds and butterflies, and a special garden of roses visitors may take away with them.

The sanctuary is particularly interesting because we now have more than 35 species of birds represented throughout the Second Life Shengri La complex.  Some of the birds are easily seen – the swans and other water birds tend to be very visible, whereas the songbirds (just like in real life) aren’t as easily noticed.  We’ve included a list of our species below – please visit us, and see if you can locate all of them!

Rare White Peacock, Standard Peacock, Western Gull, Black-headed Gull
Black-Tailed Gull, Spotted Owl, Hoot Owl, Barn Owl
Common Kingfisher, Belted Kingfisher, Snow Owl (male & Female)
Raven, Green Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, Greater Flamingo
Caribbean FLamingo, Toco Toucan, Red-headed Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker, Grey Bat, Black Bat, Brown Bat
Mute Swan, Black Swan, Cardinals (male & female), Bald Eagle
Blue bird, Robin, Black bird, Blue Jay, Starling, Mallard Duck (Male & Female)
Peking Duck, Muscovy Duck, Hummingbird – Sky, Robin
Hummingbird Pumpkin, Hummingbird Silver, Crimson Topaz Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue-throated Hummingbird
Violet Sabre Wing Hummingbird, Jamaican Swallowtail Hummingbird
Baltimore Oriole, and various Parrots

Fountain in the Shengri La Sanctuary

Fountain in the Shengri La Sanctuary

 

Sunset Falls over the Sanctuary

Sunset Falls over the Sanctuary

Overlooking the flamingoes in the pond

Overlooking the flamingoes in the pond

Looking towards the Western Gate

Looking towards the Western Gate at Moonrise

 

The Rose Garden Gone Wild

The Rose Garden Gone Wild