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Interests: travel, gardens, books, hiking, camping
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Lovely, fragrant Daphne does well in the dry garden but it is poisonous. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at The Dry Garden
White-flowered Carpenteria is spectacular in the spring. The only downside is that it doesn't shed dead leaves readily. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at The Dry Garden
Sages plants are useful for dry gardens: The red flowered plant on the right is Hot Lips Sage Culinary Sage flowers very attractively in the spring. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at The Dry Garden
On Sunday, the Gardener picked kumquats from this tree and turned them into marmalade Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at The Dry Garden
The Falkirk Wheel The Falkirk Wheel was built for the millenium. It is a truly astonishing sight and raises a boat from one canal to another, using only enough power to boil eight kettles of water. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at The Dry Garden
In December the Gardener and I took a trip to Morocco. Staying in the Ourika Valley was one of many highlights. Our hotel had its own vegetable garden: and its own donkey: Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at The Dry Garden
The Early Morning Sun Reflects Red on Denali (Mount McKinley) on an August Morning Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at The Dry Garden
The Perseverance Mine Trail follows the course of Alaska's first road. The Gardener and I ate a picnic lunch on this bridge. We could see the Last Chance Mine from the trail Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at The Dry Garden
Leaving Ketchikan We disembarked at Ketchikan, visited the supermarket to pick up a few odds and ends, and then returned to the M/V Columbia to eat an excellent breakfast in the ship's restaurant. Wrangell The ferry also stopped at Wrangell Sailing on to Juneau Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at The Dry Garden
British Columbia Coast We sailed up the beautiful, sparsley populated, British Columbia Coast. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at The Dry Garden
Leaving the Dock at Bellingham The Gardener and I decided to visit Alaska. We loaded the SUV onto the M V Columbia, one of the ferries in the Alaska Marine Highway System, and sailed from Bellingham, Washington to Juneau, Alaska. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at The Dry Garden
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Jun 13, 2012
The Gardener planted oak and cherry plum trees in the bed by the road. The cherry plum trees are arching over towards the plants on the bank making a green tunnel. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at The Dry Garden
Spring is here and the dry garden is blooming: the blue-eyed grass in the foreground is a California native the grasses and Spanish lavender look well together The berberis darwinii blooms beautifully Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2012 at The Dry Garden
Our son and his family sent us this beautiful bouquet of flowers for Easter. I was out when they arrived and the Gardener couldn't find a large enough vase so he used a cookie jar- an inspiration! Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2012 at The Dry Garden
We've had many cold December nights. On Christmas Eve the temperature fell to 24F. The Gardener covered the citrus trees with frost blankets, and used incandescent light bulbs to keep the trees warm. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at The Dry Garden
This year I took part in Season's Eatings organized by Katie from Thyme for Cooking: Nancy from Cherry Valley , California sent me a delicious, apple-themed parcel: and the following recipe: Thank you, Nancy Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2011 at The Dry Garden
Yesterday, the Gardener and I picked up a picnic at the Village Bakery in Sebastapol, and headed for the beautiful Sonoma coast. We drove to Jenner and then took Highway One north for Salt Point State Park The ocean was fairly calm when we arrived but the waves grew in force as the afternoon went by: At about 4:30 p m we drove down the coast with the sun setting over the ocean on our right. We stopped at the Inn at the Tides in Bodega Bay for dinner Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2011 at The Dry Garden
We've already picked more than fifty persimmons but the tree is still loaded. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2011 at The Dry Garden
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Oct 14, 2011
The Gardener and I came upon this Highland cow and calf on a road on Dartmoor in England. They weren't particularly interested in moving to let the car through. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at The Dry Garden
The Gardener and I were stopped in traffic on Highway 101 yesterday. A Honda, so new it didn't even have licence plates, crashed into the back of us. The noise was so loud, so much like an explosion, that I wasn't even sure what had happened at first. We were propelled into the back of the Saab in front. The Gardener's off to body shop this morning to find out how much damage has been done. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at The Dry Garden
I'm impressed. That's quite a hike with a baby on your back!
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2011 on Windy Hills at WaltPad
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The Gardener and I went camping at Grover Hot Springs State Park, one of the few that isn't slated to close to the public. We drove to Ebbet's Pass, 8730 feet up in the Sierra Nevada and hiked south on the Pacific Crest Trail. The snow is very late clearing this year and the wild flowers were magnificent: Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2011 at The Dry Garden
I took this photograph of a huge fire burning south of Minden. I was in the car on the way from Genoa (California) to Highway 395. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at The Dry Garden