For a few years I have tried growing shrubs and bulbs in our front yard, but have had very limited success. The soil quality is not good because it is mostly clay. In addition, there are bugs that are determined to kill almost anything that starts to look as if it might grow to bloom. […]
The weather is bad, the news is worse, and I haven’t been out of my house for a few days. Honestly, I’ve been getting a bit depressed. So, today I decided that if the weather wasn’t going to improve, I would make the most of it and take pictures of raindrops. Here are some of […]
Cornu aspersum! No, I am not casting a Harry Potter-type spell. That is the Latin name for garden snails and right now there are lots of them on my patio wall. They are trying to escape from drowning in the soil of the planter by inching their way on to the ledge and then down […]
We have arrived! This has been a long day, but I am glad we started out early. We left our hotel in Winnemucca at 7 AM and arrived in San Jose at 5 PM. It is a distance of about 415 miles (668 km) but it involved driving over the Sierra Nevada mountains, and today […]
Sometimes, a summer rain shower is exactly what you need.
It began innocently enough. I bought a rain barrel, recycled from its former life holding some undefined foodstuffs, so that I could support a charitable event. My city is celebrating its centennial with a series of water-themed events. This was to climax in a River of Light during which lighted rain barrels would be ushered […]