I started a beautiful new book today. My friend Carol made it for me out of some willow paper that we made together several years ago. The cover has pockets in several places. I love the color of the cover as well as the angles of the pockets so much that I painted right on the inside cover and the outside of the front flap.
Sadly, I lost my little rectangular sketchbook today, somewhere in a grassy field I think. I had it at 10:35 when we stopped to sketch some chickens in the garden. Then this afternoon we had a heavy rain. Tomorrow I will go retrace that hike, around 3 1/2 miles, to see if I can find what's left of it. Meanwhile, I am consoled by the fact that I've scanned all the pages (there was only one page left in the book).
I found wheat and amaranth growing in the field below our house as well as some other grain in a small patch in the garden. There is also a trellis with hops growing near the chickens (4928). We stopped to buy eggs at the garden, hence the six eggs. And then I rounded things out with a golden leaf from the golden bamboo grove, a couple of azalea seed pods, and a rock that looks like a groundhog to me. Another 18, and only three more 18s to get to 5000.