Hi friends! I am here, I am here!! I know that my lack of posting has caused a raised brow or two. To be honest, we did have a bit of unpleasantness creep up on us here, about a month or so ago. We are dealing with it. It has been a rough time, but we are finding ways to make lemonade out of lemons. So bear with me, as my posting may be somewhat sporadic for a while yet.
Today is a beautiful day here in Southern California!!! We have had two days of horrendous winds that caused a lot of mess, and some damage in areas near us too. With all of the trees here on our property, a visit by the winds is very messy business! I have spent all morning cleaning up from it. Picking up branches, and debris that fell out of the huge sycamores in the front. And a few avocado branches in the back. Not to mention the dust and leaves that accumulated on our front porch and back patios. So after doing that, I went around and watered everything, and took note of what is blooming, and what needs weeding, trimming, etc.
I noticed that the many iris' that I have in both the front and back, are just about to burst, revealing their grape sucker scent, and standing tall and proud in their brilliant purple!!
The California Poppies are "popping" and waving their delicate little orange heads in the breeze. I love these Spring flowers so much!
There are bird baths, and feeders all around our yards. As well as many nest boxes to attract my feathered friends. This feeder was given to me by my next door neighbor Jane. Pretty cute, tongue in cheek saying on it. The actual dish is a painted tuna can.
I keep feeders both on the ground, and in the trees.
I have to keep my nectar feeders filled daily now, with the arrival of my beloved Orioles, and my year around Hummers. I make up two gallons at a time, and go through a LOT of sugar!! I also keep fresh orange halves and grape jelly at the ready for the Orioles to feast on.
My back patio is a favorite gathering spot for us this time of year. It is not yet too hot to enjoy our time here, and with the solid cover, it is a great spot to read, blog, and crochet. After I finished my work in the gardens I had my lunch out here.
A chicken salad wrap with crimini mushrooms, avocado, sunflower seeds, shaved parmesan, dressed in creamy cilantro dressing, and rolled tight in a tortilla. Erika's yummy fresh fruit salad to go with it. Delicious!
This hutch was my Nana's. I moved it out here a couple of summers ago, and it holds our outdoor silverware, and placemats and things I use for eating outside.
I love to decorate it seasonally. I am thinking of painting it this summer with a green chalk paint.
The garden is plugging along nicely. It won't be too long now before we will be reaping what has been sown.
My Rose Valley Her blog is written in English, with a lot of Scandanavian touches throughout. I have Scandanavian blood myself. This blog is beautiful. Go say hi, and follow her on Insta Gram too!! Her name is Annette.
Anyway, I saw these flowers on her blog, but I believe the link she gives is to another blog. Also a lovely read, called Emma Lamb. She calls them Maybelle Flowers. Don't you just love the name? I do. I am using my leftover odds and ends from the yarn I bought in England, and made my Bobble Blanket with.
Have a great week friends!! Thank you so much for all of the loving support. Hello new followers! I will be over to visit you this week too!!!!
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