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Painted Stone, Dyed Yarn and Cacti

We have recently been in America, driving in Arizona, Utah and Nevada seeing stunning  landscapes and meeting wonderful people.  I found this little painted stone on the wall at the Navajo Bridge over the Colorado River on our way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Found at The Navajo Bridge, North Arizona

The wall where I found the stone

On the way there we called in at the Cameron Trading Post where I was delighted by the display of naturally dyed yarns.

I love the cacti in Arizona!  They are Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) and are familiar from lots of films.

 

 

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Gorse, Sunset and The Mittens

The sun came out late this afternoon, for the first time in many days, so off we went to the coast for a glimpse of the ocean. The bright gold of the Gorse was lovely in the fading light having a glow all of its own.

Gorse and the sea off St Agnes

The glow of sunset clouds is always a joy.

Fire in the sky

As we have taken all the cards etc down we have found the perfect  space for a beautiful little painting which came as a Christmas present, a delightful reminder of our holiday in Monument Valley. Our friends watched the painting being done and thought of us!

Beautiful painting of The Mittens by Baje Whitethorne

 

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Road Trip Day 15 – Monument Valley and Flagstaff

Dawn over the Mittens at Monument Valley – what a treat for the last full day of our road trip.

Dawn

Sunrise

We drove to Flagstaff  after breakfast to spend the night with our friends with whom we have spent the last few days having amazing adventures. Their garden in the desert is full of colour – a tribute to the gardeners – and the Hummingbirds love their sugar feeder.

Road to Flagstaff

Mural seen on the way

Mural seen on the way

Sunflowers

Hummingbird waiting by the tomatoes

Hummingbird silhouette

Hummingbird coming to the feeder

 

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Navajo Wall Hanging, Dye Chart and 3D Printed Vase

While we were at The Hubble Trading Post, we treated ourselves to a beautiful piece of Navajo weaving and then, when we were in Monument Valley, also on Navajo Nation  lands, we found a pretty dye chart which shows some of the natural dyes used in the making of the rugs and wall hangings.

Small wall hanging woven by El Dora Bia, Style Burntwater

Dye Chart made by Rosalyn H Washburn (Dine)

Our eldest daughter is visiting for a while to help winterise the boat and she brought a couple of presents with her, elegant 3D printed vases, one red and one black, shapes that would be impossible to make in any other way.

3D printed vase

 
 

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Road Trip Day 4 – Canyon De Chelly

Friday 7th September 2018

The first time we passed by Canyon De Chelly, many years ago, and looked over the rim,  we both felt a very strong spiritual pull and we have wanted to return ever since. Today, we drove both the North and South rims and felt the same deep sense of awe and wonder at the beauty of it all.
Canyon De Chelly (pronounced Shay) National Monument is a vast park in northeastern Arizona, on Navajo tribal lands. Its prominent features include Spider Rock spire, about 800-feet tall, and towering sandstone cliffs surrounding a verdant canyon. It has been inhabited by several Native American peoples for millennia and is one of the longest continually inhabited landscapes in North America, with pueblo ruins built between 350 and 1300 A.D. – as well as a contemporary Navajo  community that still inhabits the canyon floor, farming and herding sheep during the summer months.  The White House Ruins and Mummy Cave are remains of ancient Pueblo villages.
Click on any image for a larger view and the caption. Photos with a date stamp were taken by the lovely Mr S.

There were Navajo dancers at our lodging, Thunderbird Lodge on Navajo tribal land,  in the evening – such a privilege to see. We were asked not to take photos so, of course, didn’t.  Each member of the audience was presented with a little gift at the end, of a bag of cornmeal.
“Corn, the symbol of food, fertility, and life itself, is of major importance. “Corn is more than human; it is divine; it (is) connected with the highest ethical ideals.” Information found here.

 

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Day 3 – The Rainbow Desert and Hubble Trading Post

Thursday 6th September 2018

Today we have driven to Chinle for a two night stay so that we can explore Canyon De Chelly.  We first drove through the Rainbow Desert many years ago and its beauty moved me to tears then and again today. I wish my photo could convey the colours more truly. The desert is pale pink and red, pale green and sage green, pale yellow and dusty gold – truly beautiful to behold and vast!

A small part of the Rainbow Desert

Just a short stretch of the long, long roads that America has the space for!

The Hubble Trading Post
is an enchanting place, full of treasures and we serendipitously arrived just as a rare tour of the Hubble House was to start. The Trading Post dates from the 1870s and has a fascinating history. Click the red link for more. Enjoy the gallery below.

It made us smile to find ourselves in Room 67 in Thunderbird Lodge as 1967 is the year we married.

Room 67 at Thunderbird Lodge on the edge of Canyon De Chelly

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2018 in America, Arizona, Photography, Postaday2018, travel

 

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Day 2 – Holbrook on Route 66

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Cacti from the Westerns

Steep hill to come

Driving from Phoenix to Holbrook, the vegetation changed from enormous cacti such as we see in the movies to scrubby bush, larger bushes and pine trees as we climbed to an elevation of 5000 ft. Holbrook was just a stopover en route to Canyon de Chelly and our ride on Route 66 was vey brief. Happily, we have done much more on previous journeys though I still have the dream to ride some of 66 on a Harley!

Dream Harley

 

 

 

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Road Trip Day 1 – Arizona Sunset

Tuesday 4th September 2018

What a long flight that was, 10 hours 40 mins, but we were well looked after with juices brought every hour or so and choc ices on a stick twice! It is 100F here, sweltering indeed.  Arriving at 3pm, 11pm at home, we tried really hard to stay up and managed until almost 9pm helped by the free food and wine on offer and the lovely sunset.

In the airport

Sunset from our window

Generosity

 

 
 

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Squirrel, Pin Cushion and Hahai-i

A very fluffy tailed squirrel has found our bird feeder.

The other day I bought some new glass topped sewing pins and today I added them to my Mum’s collection in the beautiful patchwork pin cushion that she made. You can see her tiny hand sewn stitches

When we were in Arizona I was given the very special present of a Kachina. This one is called Hahai-i, the Grandmother Kachina, and was a precious present from one Grandmother to another. “The Hopi doll carvers make her effigy in the flat form to be the first present that a baby receives.” From Hopi Kachinas by Barton Wright, a complementary present given at the same time. “Kachinas are the spirit essence of everything in the real world,” and they have truly caught my imagination. My Hahai-I already has companions which we bought in Phoenix at the Heard museum shop. I’ll tell you about those two soon.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2016 in Arizona, art, Beauty

 

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Earrings, A Flower and A Gig

I bought a few new pairs of earrings on our trip to Arizona! These Navajo ones were made by Rose Fowler and we bought them at the viewpoint along Oak Creek Canyon. Rose explained that the Bear represents strength, wisdom and healing; the Feather – trust, strength, power and freedom and the Turquoise – water, sky and a hope for security and beauty. Obviously, these earrings were made for me and I love them.

Navajo earrings

Navajo earrings

Our garden is being battered by wind and rain but the Japanese Anemones are just about surviving.

Japanese Anemones

Japanese Anemones

Tonight we are going to St Ives to a Baka Beyond gig as part of the September Festival and are really looking forward to it.

bakaslide

Baka Beyond

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2016 in Arizona, art, music, nature, Photography, Postaday 2016

 

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