May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Calm Before the (Next) Storm...

Hola Darlings!

It's a gloriously beautiful Sunday here.  The sky is bright blue and sunny, not a cloud to be seen.  I had my early morning constitutional hiking down to the Walgreens and back.  It's cold but not windy, the Sun's warmth feels so good on my face!

When I got back from my trek to Walgreens I pulled out the trusty old Nikon and took some pictures.  There is still a LOT of snow here, and more is on the way, alas!

Current view out of the front door - I've got a nice path shoveled to the road, except for...

 ...the end of the driveway, where the snow is packed and frozen hard!  Very difficult
to attack with a plastic shovel (plastic but very sturdy).  My plan is to -- let it melt...
The storm that blew in from the northeast this past Wednesday crusted everything with wet, heavy snow.
Many of my shrubs and neighbors' too are still crusted/buried in the heavy snow.

 Of couse, deep snow and cold doesn't stop the critters for very long.  One must eat, after all... 
Tracks from the side of the house to the front -- that's my driveway underneath half a ton of snow.
Big snowbanks, but look at that blue sky.  This is my view toward the north.

Isn't this beautiful!  My view out of my front window, looking due east.  Look at that sky! 
Blue skies, smiling at me, nothing but blue skies do I see...

Bonjour, Maison Newton!  If you look closely, you can see I've got the lace curtain drawn up today
to let the sunshine in.  On the left, you can see a good foot of snow depth in the unshoveled part of the driveway.
A view from the backyard deck, toward the south.  My poor juniper bush!  Can you see the critter path from
underneath the sheltering juniper to my deck (that's where I put the food when the snow is this deep).

Evidence of an alien invasion of massive proportions...

 Storm damage.  I wasn't able to get close enough to determine if the arborvitae's branch is snapped,
though I suspect it is, and will, sadly, have to be cut off.

Hark!  What shells do yonder break?  They are hazelnut, and Maison Newton is the source (pardon me, Shakespeare...)

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