Friday, February 23, 2018


Prior to this snowfall I had been warning fellow gardeners in our area not to get caught up in our beautiful early spring weather. “We have had snow in the past as late as March.”
One plant that I remember most from my life in England is the wild primrose “Oxlip” that grew everywhere in the fields near our village. I have had rotten luck getting them to survive here but have a small healthy clump that is on its second spring. Heeding ones own advice I plopped a water bottle over the clump. I removed the bottom of several these heavy plastic bottles which make a great cloche.

What do we have here?

Oxlips in full bloom.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Snow Doughnuts?

They are about the size of a delicious powdered doughnut 

Turns out they are just the bits of prints left from the “Crazy Cat Ladies “ demond cat walking in fresh snow.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

It Would Seem Winter Has Not Finished With Us

Last week we walked in the warm sunshine taking photos of the masses of crocuses 

This is what we woke up to 

Traffic cone or Christmas tree?

Yesterday I was just admiring the beautiful flowers on my Egyptian paper plant

Friday, September 1, 2017

Thanks Again Goodwill

As charitable organizations go, Goodwill has had some bad press mostly due to the high prices they charge for items that they receive free from donations and the very high salaries managers are paid. Years ago our eldest son told us about his lucrative trips to the Goodwill Bins. We until that day were only aware of the stores, which we had gone to if we needed an inexpensive vase to give away with a bouquet of flowers. Our son would look for items that he would then sell on EBay. It is a large warehouse that is filled with long rows of bins on wheels, each bin is waist high and about twenty feet long and filled with .......junk. Until one makes it a treasure. Pushing a shopping cart one loads items in and when finished pays by the pound. Every once in a while that treasure just lands in your hands. On a recent trip I found  such a treasure........

19th century Anglo/Indian bone & ebonised sword stick.

The carved bone was the bit that caught my eye from under the pile of junk on top of it. And as soon as I brought it to the surface, three other hands tried to claim it as well. With the look of death I shot round, sole ownership was restored.

There obviously is a fare amount of wear and tear on it. I perused a few auction sites and found one with the starting price of £250. GB

But even if I don't sell, it looks rather nice with my other walking sticks.

Monday, August 21, 2017

In 1979 we had a total eclipse but it never made the press like this one. Oregon they say has been invaded by a million more people who will add to the gridlocked roads. No this old gardener and his lot will not be party to that nonsense. We will be watching it all from the safety of our front porch. Our five beautiful grandchildren came to join us Sunday night for food and fun. They will stay the night and we shall all wake in the morning, dawn our goofy glasses and return to the porch to be a part of history.

Don't know what sort of card game the three eldest had going on the other side of the porch but it involved lots of giggling.  

The two youngest were content to chat it up with MeMa and Poppi 

MeMa feeling a bit tired but looking beautiful in the evening light.

We had a bit of a panic when our Sophie disappeared. She is totally deaf so calling for her is useless. We had earlier made up an air bed in the guest room with mountains of soft blankets. Look who thought this was just for her.

In the morning while the grandchildren slept MeMa and I had a few moments to sit on the porch by ourselves and have a morning cup of coffee.

Our driveway lined up perfectly with the eclipse event, so it was not long before neighbors started arriving with their chairs.

If you want to see great photos of the eclipse don't look here.
Everyone wore their eclipse protective glasses 

The whole event turned out to be quite fun and the unexpected crowd made it even more fun.

MeMa and Poppi and our beautiful grandchildren sporting their official eclipse approved glasses