Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Last evening I went to Sandusky (Michigan) for a "Garden Walk" and had a wonderful time. All of the gardens were very nice; two stood out as exceptional. One even had a few plants that stumped me which was absolutely wonderful. I love learning new things.
From left to right: Thordunu Kria (10), Kersins Kata (12), Vinlands Pila (6), Vinlands "Tryggur" (4), Bersi av Isheim (9), and Alaskastadirs Korpur (10). (I think clicking on photos will still enlarge them - maybe.)
The above photo was taken with my new camera.

My "Old" camera stopped working so I went back to the camera store (Woodward Camera Store and Digital) in Royal Oak/Birmingham where I bought it to have it fixed. Like so many other things these days, it is cheaper to buy new than to fix old. Sigh! So I have a new camera, a Nikon COOLPIX, and have actually read how to use it and understood. Of course then you have to connect it to the computer - my also new laptop -  and download the photos. Then I had to actually find where they were stored on my laptop.

This is all part of the many interesting challenges my move has precipitated.

(I pause for a few minutes because my new washer and dryer has musically informed me that I have laundry ready to be moved and folded. My new cell phone rang/vibrated; Lora from Half-Way Fence in Bad Axe called and told me that Dave wondered why I had not paid the balance for my new front yard fence - . It's a black chain link fence that had not been properly finished;  a final coat of black paint on exposed metal parts was not done and there was a missing post cap. They asked me to buy the paint and spray it on myself. I asked them to mail me a post cap. They wanted me to drive up to Bad Axe to get it - a 35  minute drive each way, which I did.  I told Lora that I had not received an invoice, a bill for the balance. Lora sounded surprised - you mean they didn't drop it off. Isn't Half Way a great name? It - the fence - does look nice.)

On the arbor at my Royal Oak home is a wonderful wild white flowered species Clematis that I discovered and transplanted from an old apple orchard in Rolling Hills north of Oxford where my parents had a travel trailer for a few years. It is a male clone that never produces seeds. I had never seen this Clematis anywhere else - - - until I just yesterday discovered the same Clematis growing (poorly) in my evergreen forest. I'm going to transplant some to join the ones I've transplanted from Royal Oak up to the fence around my new house near Forestville. I'm hoping they will prove eventually to be female clones. I posit the species is Clematis virginiana (Virgin's Bower - because the small abundant white flowers or Old Man's Beard - because of the gray silky plumed autumnal seed heads). John Cynar has said he will bring that arbor up north. I am anxious for it!!

If you can enlarge these - the dogs look so quiet, peaceful, obedient - you might be able to see my Icelandic Sheepdogs.

I am always reminded of a "poem" my Mother used to repeat when I see my dogs in photos: -

There was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead.
And when she was good she was very, very good and when she was bad she was horrid.
(My apologies to the author.) While they are not actually "horrid", one or two may at times come close.

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