Daily Archives: June 6, 2008

My Own Garden

Coral Bells


Wild Columbine

There were several buds on the columbine when I got it, but none of them looked ready to open. And then, this morning, there was a little flower! The coral bells are just starting to pop, too. Hopefully, the primroses won’t be far behind.

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I’m still trying to figure out how to use my camera, especially indoors, without flash. I took a bunch of photos last weekend at one of my mom’s friend’s houses, and while some of them turned out fine, the results were inconsistent. When I’m at home, I can stop and load images onto my computer to check myself (those little LCD displays are useless). Not so much when I’m away from home, though.

This one was taken in manual mode, and it actually turned out. Progress!

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I think, by now, the entire world knows that Harriet is useless. This morning, there was a knock on my door. Harriet ignored it. When I answered it, there were two Jehovah’s Witnesses on my doorstep, waiting to ask me if I’d ever really thought about the significance of the story of Noah and The Flood. I have a feeling that any time of day would be too early to have that particular discussion, so I told them I’m Catholic and that I’d pray for them.

Anyway, Harriet. She’s useless. The least she could have done is bark a couple of times to scare them away, but nooooooo, she was too busy getting her beauty rest.

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This was sitting on my mom’s kitchen windowsill. The lights were off, and the late morning sun was shining in the window, so everything was dark except the sparkling amethyst crystals.

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Japanese Iris (Iris sanguinea)

Japanese Iris (Iris sanguinea) shot with Lensbaby 2.0 lens

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Rusty Tools


I don’t know what most of this crap is. There are two broken garden forks in the background, a couple of T-posts, and what looks like some sort of anchor. The rest of it is a mystery.

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When last we espied my mom’s chimney, it looked like this:


Now, it looks like this:


I keep telling her that she should turn them into a patio. It would be labor intensive to get all the mortar off them, but they’re an original part of the house and ought to be reused, plus, they’d make an awfully pretty patio.

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Porch Railing


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June 6, 2008 ·