Archive for May 15th, 2011



Last weekend, we celebrated two birthdays. My eldest and youngest daughters were born four years less two days apart, so we had a joint celebration for the birthday girls. In the photos above are Seabrooke and Fiddlegirl blowing out their birthday cake candles. And of course, it was also Mother’s Day. It was wonderful to have the family together for the weekend. We had a delicious dinner, complete with fiddleheads from the farmer’s market. For dessert, Seabrooke made chocolate cupcakes, decorated as little gardens with marshmallow flowers.

Leading up to the weekend, the weather had been cool and rainy, but it cleared up for Saturday and Sunday, and Ponygirl took Ivory out for a ride. Seabrooke and Fiddlegirl both rode as youngsters, but haven’t been riding in quite a while. They enjoyed an opportunity to get back in the saddle and each had a turn on Ivory too.


The pleasant weekend weather continued into the week, and I spent each day getting as much gardening done as I could find the energy for. We have had a cool, wet spring, and consequently my gardening is well behind where I might usually be at this time of year. The weeds have had a good head start. Not fair! Friday was the last sunny day, and yesterday the cool, rainy weather returned. Today, the rain continues to fall and more of the same is in the forecast for the upcoming week. On the bright side, the garden has been coming along beautifully and there is much to enjoy, so long as you don’t mind doing so in the rain!


Euphorbia polychroma (Cushion Spurge)

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Rainy Day Toad

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Vibrant Sunset

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