Monday, August 31, 2009

Ruby Tuesday...

This is coleus. This snap was taken in the greenhouse in early spring. In some parts of the world coleus is an annual. In other parts of the world, I imagine it is a nuisance. This snap shows lots of different varieties. I'm sorry, I don't remember any of their names.

Coleus like heat. Some varieties don't do well in bright sun,
but there are new sun-loving varieties too.
Coleus enjoy moist soil, but can dry out a little between waterings.

Around here we use them as accent plants, or as a border.
They make quite a spectacle in big planters.The plants shown
here are about 3"-4" tall and ready to be planted into a 4" or 6" pot and made ready for the wholesale trade. I like coleus because they will put on a show in your garden, and expect very little in return!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Rockport, Massachusetts!

Front Beach, Rockport

Also Front Beach

I tried to capture a storm rolling in...

Eden Road, Rockport

Penzance Road, Rockport

Thatcher Island

Beautiful Rockport!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Book Tag!

Thom at Thom’s Place 4 Well Whatever (& Other Bullsugar) tagged Quilly with what is called the Book Tag. She passed it on to me.

The rules are:

1. Collect the book that you have most handy: All right-

Entertaining by Martha Stewart

2. Turn to page 161: I have.

3. Find the 5th complete sentence: Got it!

4. Cite the sentence on your blog: “Although I know that many hostesses concern themselves with the liveliness of a dinner party, and so rearrange tables between courses, and sometimes even change rooms to keep things moving, I honestly believe this is unnecessary."

5. Pass it on to 5 other victims : Try it! You'll like it!

Rockport, Massachusetts, USA

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Six Word Saturday...

Whhooo-hoooo! I almost forgot!
Here is my life, as of today, in six words:
Gosh darn Birdie, poo-ed my shirt!

Here is Birdie. She is a Jenday conure, given to me by friends. Friends were not amused by Birdies early rising, especially on the weekends!

While I love her, the folks here at home do not. Penny has an terrible time with her, because Birdie has taken to flying onto Penny's back and then biting the shiznit out of her.
Birdie calls to everyone, day and night. Her call is loud, shrill and utterly obnoxious. This does not endear her to the family. Even the neighbors have commented.

Travis (see my avatar, icon whatever it is) and Birdie have come to a mutual understanding.
I think the birds on the outside have clued Birdie in to that fact that Travis murders whenever she can. And I think Penny has told Travis about the sharp, strong beak Birdie possesses.

While Birdie is tame, (too all, excepting Penny) her roommate is not tame and desires to remain so. Roommate has no formal name, so we just call him Him. Him is a cockatiel, dressed in pretty standard grey, with a nice yellow face and orange cheeks. He was born in a barn, with a hundred or so others just like him. Since he was raised by birds and not people, he hates us. That is something we'll just have to live with.

Visit Cate, she is way cool.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Excellent Adventure...

To recap: Recently, I visited
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Washington, USA.
I think about that trip everyday. Sometimes, I wish I was back there.
My goal is to return one day, but until then...

This is False Bay. At low tide, it is a sandy, muddy beach.
But at high tide, the beach disappears underwater.
The day I visited, some kids and a dog were frolicking there.
Next time, I will be the one frolicking.

This is South Beach. There's lots of wood, big wood, strewn around.
We had to climb over it to get to the waters edge.
This area was the location of the American Camp.
The camp was created in 1859,
in response to the death of a pig and a border dispute between the U.S. and Britain.
Nearby, one can find the corresponding English camp.

I spent a short time skipping rocks with this character here.
Quickly I realised I would never be able to skip rocks,
into the choppy water, as nicely as
he could. He advised me to practice, practice, practice.
I declined. Instead I chose to lounge around and take snapshots.

This is were I met new friends. Everyone there
was friendly and inquisitive.
But lately I've been wondering, why don't they write?

Still, they were fantastic hosts and I plan to visit again.

Happy Birthday Tam!

To be continued...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ruby Tuesday...

Ruby Tuesday is brought to you today by Penny!
As you can see, she loves to help around the house. Here you can see her guarding Colleen's pillows
and doing a great, great job!

Penny also does housework.
Here she demonstrates the proper way
to clean out boxes! No one asked her to help, she just jumped right in, grabbed that box off the counter and went to town.

No one can say Penny isn't a team player!

Ruby Tuesday is sponsored by Mary the Teach.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Six Word Saturday

I wish I could work more.

Here's how it works:
describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words.

If you need more info you can go here to get it.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

I've always wanted to have neighbors just like you!

Thanks everyone for stopping by and wishing me well.
I'm going to continue my story of Friday Harbor, but today, I have to work on work. It is sad, I know, but that's the way of it. I'm hoping to get the next part of my trip out tomorrow.

'Til then, I hope your day is happy...

this is sable.
she is a three year old rex and the nicest rabbit we have.
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

In July of 2009, I made a journey from sea to shining sea. I traveled from southeastern Massachusetts to San Juan Island in Washington.My purpose was to visit family and when I set out from Boston, I had no idea what I would find on the opposite coast!

Initially, the Pacific Northwest seemed much like New England. Great, green pines along with a giant blue ocean. But as I traveled the route between Seattle and the San Juan Islands, the differences became apparent.

Mountains! Great, hulking things of all shapes and sizes. The Presidential Range in New Hampshire, what i had known as mountains all my life, seemed like foothills in comparison. Mount Rainer, Mount Baker and the Cascades dwarfed Mt Washington, the largest mountain I had ever seen.

Mount Washington, New Hampshire, USA

The trip between Seattle and San Juan Island took me through a city, farmland, the Rosario Strait and the San Juan Channel. To get there I took a coach, a van and a ferry.The coach and the van were nice enough, but the trip really started to take shape once I got on the ferry at Anacortes. The ferry landing at Anacortes isn't much to look at, but it had everything I needed when I arrived, the most important thing being a sandwich.

Once aboard the ferry, Kaleetan, I chose a seat looking back toward Anacortes and was rewarded with a fine view. Mt Baker rose in pale blue and pink splendor before my eyes! The rest of that ferry trip I spent going from fore to aft ogling everything. I had never seen scenery like it!

Washington State Ferries

My arrival in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island coincided nicely with supper-time. I was treated to a fine meal at a local restaurant my family recommended. We sat outside, the weather was beautiful and my meal was perfect. I could not have asked for more!

Friday Harbor Labs

I was treated to a tour of Friday Harbor Laboratories. FHL is a marine biology/oceanography research facility of the University of Washington located just outside of town. My brother was there to teach a summer course on seaweed and algae for grad students. It's safe to say it is a very special place. Quiet and serene, I don't think the landscape has changed much in the last 30 or 40 years.

Thanks to quilly from for her deer snapshot

Being heavily wooded, the 500 or so acres around the labs are home to lots of wildlife. I saw birds I recognised and some I needed help to identify. Red-tailed hawks hunted the area and deer and their young roamed about. Even though they were shy, they seemed not to fear people. Every person I encountered at FHL was relaxed, friendly and quick to say hello or send a hand up in greeting. Visiting there was the best part of the trip.

to be continued...

Monday, August 10, 2009

tilden talks definitions...


Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English; akin to Old English talu tale
Date: 13th century

intransitive verb

1 a : to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words
: to convey information or communicate in any way (as with signs or sounds)