I'm falling behind again. There's so much going on in the garden, and things are changing so fast with our hot weather this week. Mrs. F.G. has all of her tomatoes planted and lots of other stuff, but still lots waiting to go in as well. I can't keep up with my photos. And I've still got photos from the past two weeks to share. So here's a smattering of things for your interest.
Sunday, May 28, 2023
I sometimes ride down a stretch of Nelson Street West that doesn't get much traffic. It's got interesting houses, old and new, including five of those old century homes I have written about previously. What it also has is a lot of deteriorating pavement, breaking apart with small cracks that engineers call 'alligator pavement'. And it's getting worse!
Friday, May 26, 2023
I've just returned from a Friday afternoon ride and came around one corner to see a Wild Turkey calmly eating grubs out of someone's front lawn. I've certainly never see one here in town before, though they're common in rural areas here.
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Our daughter and crew flew back west last night, arriving in Vancouver at 11.30. Seven hours time change getting here, only one going home! But in the meantime more plants are blooming in the garden, and more to come. The theme in the back yard this week is bright yellow, in the front it's a new deep red. Here's a snapshot.
Monday, May 22, 2023
Eight years ago our oldest son William died when the water bomber he was flying went down over a forest fire in northern Alberta, caught in a fire tornado. We were in total disbelief when we got the call, but now that the shock has long since worn off, we remember him proudly. He pursued his dreams to become a water bomber pilot, and he achieved that.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
We've had a wonderful week of visiting with our daughter and her family. They stayed around the house here, helping Mrs. F.G. in the garden while the kids climbed one of those two big Sugar Maples out on the golf course, and loved it. Meals were big communal affairs, with of course Mrs. F.G. doing most of the work, but the others pitching in a lot, especially with clean-up It's been an exhausting but very memorable week! They're off to Ottawa now, to visit the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial, where our son William's name is engraved, before flying home.
Meanwhile I've fallen way behind in my blog posts; for this one you have to go back two weeks to when the Magnolias were in bloom.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
We're having a great busy time with our daughter and her family, but I had to share the spectacular Redbud in our front garden. I'm always amazed at how the brilliant pink blossoms of this small tree emerge directly from the branches. A common understory tree of the Smokies in Tennessee, when planted separately here it is truly spectacular.