Sunday, July 31, 2011

Waiting Patiently

When the shades were drawn yesterday morning, who should be waiting patiently on the front wall but our cat friend, Thomas. Once he heard the keys in the door, he sprang into action. eager to find out what tasty morsels were in the offing.

He came through the door at full gallop.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

What's Eating The Coleus

The coleus growing at the back door is showing some seriously chewed leaves and the culprit has shown itself. What at first glance looks like a random twig is a "walking stick" bug, munching its way leisurely across the plant, secure in the ability to blend in. Great camouflage!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

An old advertising poster by Charles Leonce Brosse, circa 1910, for a Nice air show.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What's Blooming In Summer

The shell ginger on the patio only blooms once a year, but it's definitely worth the wait.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sunday Evening Looking West

Another summer sky.

Night before last, out the living room window.

Monday, July 25, 2011

In The Swim

A few more shots from my walk last week at the hermitage gardens.

The koi were mostly keeping themselves scarce, but deigned to briefly flash out from under their lily pad hideaway.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Apples & Oranges

My daughter joined me for an afternoon walk through the neighborhood. There were apples and oranges side by side on the hill behind our house.

An old fashioned pink rose bloomed at the base of a queen palm.

The melaluca paper bark trees were in full bloom, each flower a purple starburst. And on the last leg of the walk, spilling over a fence, an abundance of lilac colored blossoms.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Into The Blue

The tide was too high to walk on the beach yesterday when my friend stopped by, so we walked the street that runs along the top of the bluffs.

There's a religious hermitage along the road with well loved gardens open to the public, so we spent some time admiring the beautiful grounds.

The brothers and sisters of the hermitage have blended tropicals, natives, succulents, cacti, annuals and perennials so successfully, their gardens are one of the jewels of our town.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

An old advertising poster for Paris' infamous Moulin Rouge cabaret, circa 1905, by E. Paul Villefroy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ponies And Pea Pods

Walking in our neighborhood, we saw the Shetland pony that lives up the hill out of his pen, grazing on the front lawn.

Further down the street, a sweet pea seed pod was glistening in the late afternoon sun, while around the corner, a pink hibiscus flower basked in the warmth.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Exceeding Expectations

Every once in a while, a product comes along that's even better than expected. Case in point, the Cuisinart ice cream machine. We've been using it every day for home made frozen yogurt and ice cream, substituting honey in the recipes for sugar and adding fresh fruit. That's vanilla ice cream, above, with chunks of white peaches - delicious! We got ours on Amazon for less than half the list price.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Sky Last Night

From the patio, a pastel painted summer sky.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

A Union solder, posing with his woman. His forage cap identifies his as a member of Company G 12th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Walking In The Neighborhood

The neighborhood is full of color this time of year. Above, pretty to look at but dangerous to touch, oleanders are a common hedge shrub. Below, grapes are growing along a neighbor's rock wall.

Mexican poppies are another popular shrub, easily grown, with big white showy flowers.

Clusters of citrus are bending boughs this time of year - grapefruits, tangerines, limes, lemons and oranges.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

An art nouveau cabaret poster, circa 1890, by the famous Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What's Blooming In Summer

Yarrow doesn't just come in yellow. These fiery orange blossoms are carried on sturdy stems above lacy green foliage. After the blooms are spent, cut the stalks back to their bases and the plants will bloom all over again next season.

We've still got snapdragons going strong, which is unusual, as they usually peter out at the end of spring, reappear in the autumn and bloom all winter.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

On The Walkway

Thomas, on a summer afternoon.

Monday, July 11, 2011

On The Beach

The detail of a vintage advertising poster for Santa Margherita Beach, Ligure, Italy.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

An unidentified Union soldier, wearing a frock coat, poses with his little sister.

Friday, July 8, 2011

What's New At The Fruit Stand

Our friends at the fruit stand recently repainted their mural.

It's on a corner across from the lagoon on the north edge of town.

They've used it to camouflage and create more shade in their open air packing shed.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

Detail of an advertising poster for cruises to the Caribbean, circa 1920s.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What's Blooming In Summer

If you're planting allium bulbs, be sure and plant then in clusters, as they look a little bedraggled if planted alone. A relative of the onion family, their foliage isn't much to rave about, but the blossom is showy and is long lasting in bouquets.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Washed Up

Change is constant at the beach.

The sand level rises and falls with the strength of the tides and currents and the size of the waves.

The color of the water changes depending on the strength of the sun and the number of clouds.

Even the texture and color of the sand is in a constant state of flux.