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I wandered lonely as a cloud...

Category: gardening among the rocks | Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:24 pm

I took photos of Daffodil but they didn't turn out. Real pity, that. She had silk daffodils and little flags stuck in the holes on the sides of the truck bed ( the holes meant to hold side rails, don't know the "official" name). Max and my mom's black dog, Monk were peeking adorably over the sides of the bed. My daughter and nieces, all in flowery shirts and straw hats with daffodils wired on them, were blowing bubbles and, with Grammy and I similarly clad making sure they didn't tumble out, flinging pink taffy out. OK, it wasn't a really strange dream. We took Daffodil in a parade this weekend!
I'm thinking I might join the old-car-club. Daffodil is a working truck, not a spiffed-up show truck (did you know people ask upwards of 25K for a restored old car? Not even that old, I mean 60's era! Check your barn, your retirement fund may be hiding there!) but joining them in the parade was awfully fun. Haven't been in a parade in yeeeeeeeeears. And the "Awwwww"s whenever Max would peek over the bed sides was too fun! So many big-city parades don't allow candy throwing anymore, and even this parade was cautious about it. The girls had to fling the candy so it landed far from the truck- quite a feat for the littlest one! But daffodils bed is quite deep so not too much worry about them tumbling out. Good thing, our driver wasn't used to double-clutching so we lurched forward at odd times, lol!

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A kitty, a view, historical ramblings

Category: gardening among the rocks | Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:01 pm


OK, enough playing with the kitty.
While I was sketching her, and the mist was coming down, I kept drifting off to stare out the window. So I thought I'd share the view, since it made me feel so happy.Sorry I couldn't get the hummingbird to hold still. That's crocosmia in the foreground, and cinquefoil. Some daisies that grow wild here, and a young birch tree. Clematis crawling up the lattice, doggone stuff won't bloom!

Whew, these image uploads take a long time on dialup!
Been looking into more on Dunollie castle, and suddenly all sorts of relatives want to know what I've found out. Wow, haven't had this kind of family togetherness in, well, never! I have a cousin in Seattle who'se really into this sort of thing, and I've found out stuff even She didn't know! We've run into a big roadblock in that there's apparently no public census before 1841, so we've kinda hit a wall beyond Alexander MacDougall who emigrated in 1831- was apparently married in Achadadie, but even Google never heard of it so the records might be misspelled. Kinda fun getting to talk to relatives, though!

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Kitty sketch, etc.

Category: gardening among the rocks | Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:03 pm

The power went out first thing this morning, so I turned my leftover coffee from yesterday into an iced peppermint mocha and did a sketch of my neighbors new bobcat kitty

Several things I don't like about her so i probably won't finish the sketch, but it was a good way to waste time (it was gushing rain outside so gardening was on hold too)
Spent all day yesterday working in my brothers garden in Portland. Wheeoo, that guy has some stubborn weeds! And, since my sis-in-law was a rose fanatic, my arms look like I was attacked by the kitty up there! But I gotta break it to any aunties, I do have the worlds most adorable nieces. Sorry, but there it is. They are about to turn 9 and 5 respectively. The 4-yr-old kept dipping the broom in a puddle and making me wonderful abstract paintings of her kitty. I showed how some of her work looked like Chinese calligraphy, and explained how the Mandarin word for cat is, basically, what a cat says. She thinks I'm awfully clever now, lol!

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My Charming Visitor

Category: gardening among the rocks | Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:02 am

I had an unexpected visitor today. I had been in the kitchen, mixing up ingredients for an apple crisp to take to my ladies group tomorrow- I unfortunately forgot to get the apples when I was in town today. DH is working with the youth group and promised to pick up a sack on his way home. In the meantime, I went outside to move my sprinkler from the veg beds to the front garden. I bumped a plant stand on my front porch and heard a very odd *splat*. There at my feet sat a bewildered little tree frog, obviously knocked away from his evening sunbath. I apologized profusely and put him back up on the plant stand. He seemed most grateful.

I have seen some postings here with rather large toads- for an idea of scale I included in this pic the spout of a teapot that is currently filled with caladiums (that white shiney bit is the spout)
I had mentioned somewhere earlier about my waterlily blooming, but couldn't recall the post. So here it is.

It was vying for pride of place on my desktop as wall paper, Sir Frog won this round.

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