Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Starting with the red door and going clockwise: Door to Forbidden City, Sidewalk Calligraphy, Yao Woman washing her hair, Lunch in the Hutong, Panda Bear, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors, Gold Buddha at Wild Goose Pagoda, Artistic Dumplings, Li River Valley, and in the center The Great Wall.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
But this year they are looking pretty good. And it was over 100 degrees on Sunday. They are looking better because the Lord of the Manor has extended the drip irrigation to them. Yippee! I'll show you how he did it.
Warning: This will require a trip to Home Depot or OSH or one of those big box home and garden centers. So arm yourself with a list and a Starbucks and lots of patience.
Most of us in arid climates have automatic sprinklers in our yards. So I'm just going to show you how to tap into an existing circuit and make it into drip irrigation. (If you don't have existing sprinklers, you can put a "Y" on a faucet and just turn it on when you need to. They have fittings to do that on the same aisle as all the drip irrigation stuff.)
You'll need one of those couplings shown above. It's the white thing with the green end. It glues onto the 1/2" PVC sprinkler pipe using that special PVC glue. After it dries you push the 1/2" black tubing into the green end. Once you get to the black drip irrigation tubing you won't need glue anymore; just push the pieces together.
Just a word here about the colors. If you use 1/2" tubing, use couplers with the green ends because they are made to fit the 1/2" tubing. Make sure your tubing size matches your coupler size, because it's darn near impossible to fit 5/8" tubing into 1/2" couplers. Not quite impossible, but very difficult. I've done it. With a lot of cussing. Trust me on this; get all 1/2" from the get-go.
So there you have it; Drip Irrigation 101 from Amongst The Oaks. Now go out there and do it! Your flower basket and window boxes will thank you. For more information and to see everything they make, check out the RainDrip site.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
So now you might think the Mommy bird can rest a bit, maybe sit on this bench under the roses relaxing, maybe start a new hobby, volunteer at the hospital, finally learn how to play golf, or go back to school and get a degree.....but you'd be wrong.
Instead, she and the Daddy bird try to keep the kids together and safe and they continue to feed them. Yesterday at lunch the babies were in this Pittosporum bush and the parents were nearby, swooping down for bugs and feeding them to the kids. The parents' actions, and the soft cheep-cheep-cheeping from the bush alerted us to their presence. There are five babies in the bush. Can you see them? Hard to spot, aren't they?
So maybe Human and Avian Empty Nest Syndrome are more alike than we thought. Even though they've left the nest, you still provide for them, try to teach them how the world works, try to keep them safe from danger, and worry about them forever.
This is a Three or More Tuesday post. Please visit Tam at the Gypsy's Corner to see the other participants.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I thought of Lucy at Attic24 when I saw this colorful photo of the gypsy caravan. See, it's got bright crocheted throws like she makes.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Teen1 recently asked, "What do you want for Mother's Day, Mommy?" And I pondered the question wondering if I should answer with a politically correct thing like: a big party with my family...or the truth: a quiet day puttering in my garden and someone else to do the cooking.
So what exactly should Mother's Day be? A day to surround yourself with people or a day to sidestep your responsibilities and nurture yourself? It's every mother's dilemma, isn't it? If you say you'd like to be alone, they will be hurt and feel like maybe you don't really love them. If you say you'd like to have a party and invite lots of family, you'll be working on your special day.
Luckily some of my favorite Mommy Moments have been the little daily ones; playing peek-a-boo, teaching them walk and talk, sharing my love of art and nature, meeting up in the afternoon to discuss our days, cooking together, sharing meals, laughing at ourselves. So maybe I have been celebrating Mother's Day in the best possible way all along: just enjoying Teen1 and Teen2 in those little snippets of every day life. So my answer to Teen1's question was the politically correct one: "A lovely day with my family" because after all, there's no need to be greedy, I've already celebrated 6438 wonderful Mother's Days since Teen1 was born.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Another lead, Princess Winnifred, was played by a particularly enthusiastic and funny girl who just happened to have shaved her head for St. Baldrics Day, so she wore this ridiculous red wig, and kept shifting it around throughout the play. At one point, her darling, Sir Harry, pushed her wig back and kissed her on the forehead. Hilarious.