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Sunday, July 15, 2018

We have our Pond back



After more than two months of occupation by wild Canada Geese



We have our pond back.



Between eight and nine families would cruise the pond.

Looking like they are getting ready for  Machiavellian maneuvers.





Every few days a new family would appear.
And, they would stay.





When small, they look like little monsters.

It didn't take them very long to find Clyde and 
Lola's (our resident geese) feeding trough. 

Something their parents have never done. 





They didn't used to come to our pond. 
Every now and then a family would land on their maiden flight and almost immediately fly away again.





Back at the house.





Poppies are blooming and



Salpiglossis.





Salpiglossis in many colors.





More poppies.





the lowly Petunia




I'm glad the geese are gone.  They thought nothing of  marauding my flower beds during the night.  





Hollyhocks finding their own places.






All is quiet on the Pond.





Just the way I like it.  

Have a great week dear friends. 

Gina 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Cherries are on.



Where are the Robins?


My tree is laden with sour cherries.




Where are the Blackbirds?





There will be plenty of cherries for 
Kirschwasser Likör.





And for winter pies.





For now I will bake a few little treats.
Just one bite and they are gone.  





Cherries make great preserves. 





Will I be lucky this year?  
Will the birds leave the chokecherries for me? 
They do make the best pancake syrup.  

Have a great week, dear Friends, 

Gina 

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

4th of July



A time to celebrate



Celebrate like you never have before. 

Leave your worries behind and CELEBRATE. 

Gina



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Radicals in my Garden




Radicals in my Garden


That is an Opium Poppy,  (papaver somniferum).




When I was a very young girl I spent a lot of time out in the country side gathering food for our many rabbits. 






Sooner or later I would run into a Poppy field. 







Often the pods were almost ripe but not quite. 







I would open a pod, empty the many seeds into my hand and hold my hand up toward the sun. 







Within seconds the unripe and green seeds would turn into black poppy seeds. 





Yes those innocent looking black seeds.  The kind you would sprinkle onto baked breads, cookies and cakes. 





As soon as the seeds turned black I would eat them.
All of them. 
All at once. 

I told no one.  

Have a great week dear friends.  

Gina  


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Mein Sonntag strauss am Samstag



So few roses survive our harsh winters. 


I treasure every one of them.

Happy weekend to you and yours. 

Gina 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

What is going on around here?



The word is out!


When we built our house 23 years ago,
the pond was here but not a single bird was in sight.




We thought that possibly something was wrong with the water.

After a few years wild ducks and wild geese would stop by when every other pond was frozen. 




Our pond is spring fed.  
For years the birds did not bring their young. 

So what is different this year?  
Did it take 23 years for the birds to feel save with us?  




What is wrong with this picture?  
There are too many parents. 




Salpiglossis and Iceland Poppies grow in my garden. 




Now is the time to bring poppies into the house. 
Be sure to singe their stems first.  
They will last a week in water.   




And inside the house,  a Cymbidium  orchid is getting a bath. 

Happy Sunday to you and yours,

Gina  


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

My charming friend Karen.



All day Karen helped me wash those enormous windows 


which go all the way around our house. 

Window cleaning formula: 
Bucket of warm water, a splash of white vinegar and a drop or two of dish washing soap AND a squeegee and clean towels.



Then she baked lemon cookies decorated with pansies and wild rose petals. 



And she brought a bouquet of her very special
Peonies.



And yes, maybe you guessed it, she is also the Karen who hand makes these very fine chocolates. 

Thank you Karen, you are a very special friend. 

Gina 




Saturday, May 26, 2018

This is strange



I had no idea.


For the first time in 23 years, a pair of wild Canadian Geese brought their goslings to our pond.  



Occasionally we have a brave duck bring her brood.  





When geese stretch their necks like this that means that they are ready for a fight.  They don't have any goslings and they are jealous.  






Every now and then one of the adult geese would disappear for a day or 2.  Then, would reappear with two or more goslings. 




Originally we had 7 goslings. 
Now there are twelve. 

I have not known for Geese, or any other bird, hatch their young in spurts.
Females usually stay on their nests until all have hatched.  






My lilacs are beautiful this year.  
They survived a late frost. 





Amaryllis brought in from my greenhouse.
They used to bloom just before Christmas. 





Since last October I have painted nonstop.  Murals and tiles for new and remodeled kitchens.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend on this very special holiday. 

Gina