Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
2. I inherited nine camellia bushes when I moved to this house. They bloom in different months but mostly in the winter. I don't pay much attention to them, don't fertilize them or give them extra water. But they bloom their little hearts out. There are HUNDREDS of camellia flowers on those nine bushes!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Twenty eight years ago, I had no idea who or what he would be. He was a tiny bundle of preciousness, a gift of grace from God, born early and small in the middle of the jungles of Papua, Indonesia. I think he had a happy childhood, playing in the jungle, learning from me to read and to add and subtract, swimming in the tropical ocean.
I know that vacationing in the Baliem Valley of Papua and gathering fossils from the river banks, living among primitive tribal peoples and observing their humanness and sameness and their differences to all the rest of the world made a deep and lasting impression on Mike. So much so that anthropology has been bred into his bones and blood. So much so that when he decided to look at graduate schools and career changes that anthropology, the study of those first neighbors, first friends, is pulling him in to an area of academia that, while it has surprised others who know him less well, seems to me, his mother, a perfect fit for the little boy who carried his bows and arrows around the village in a string bag, who learned to build fires the Moskona way and burned his eyelashes off playing with that fire, bamboo tubes and kerosene, who rode in an airplane before he rode in a car, who was called by all the people in the village 'Manir Meyokda' (the little village chief) because he was one of their own.
I'm excited to see where this next year takes my #2 Son.
Happy Birthday, Mike!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
1941 Call It Courage
4. I have alluded to the unseasonably warm weather we have been having, temperatures in the 80s all this week. The camellias are bursting with blooms.
5. A four day weekend to look forward to!
For more Friday Fave Fives, join us at Susanne's blog Living To Tell The Story.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Even the sunlight shining through a prism casts cool soothing lavender and purple splotches on my blue area rug.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
1. When The Professor had to drive home on Friday to lead the weekly Bible Study, I stayed behind in San Diego to help with MamaMia's Moving Day. The reward was a train trip home on Sunday morning! Amtrak's Surf Liner route took me along the Pacific Ocean.
2. I hadn't seen the New Boy much for a week. It was fun to watch him watch his favorite soap channel.
3. I have reconnected with a very dear college friend. Her daughter found me via facebook and contacted me. The emails have been flying back and forth between Michigan and California! We have discovered that we are both 'still knitting'.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Eleanor thought that maybe she could nibble her way through this really large humongous green monster leaf.
Ummm, no. Not so tasty.
This is more like it! Red Clover!
The Gift Shop! What a delightful place! Everything a gardener could want, need or imagine!
I loved the cotton shades!
I hope you have enjoyed our visits to Chelsea Physic Garden. If you ever have the opportunity to travel to London and decide to go to the garden, it would be wise to check the website for visiting hours.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
After we sipped the last of our tea and wiped our lips, we ventured out again to see the Fish Pond at the other end of the garden.
We passed the Rock Garden on the way. The Rock Garden is famous because the various rocks for assembling it came from different places including
"stones from the Tower of London, Icelandic lava (brought to the garden by Sir Joseph Banks in 1772 on a ship named St. Lawrence), fused bricks and flint. This curious structure has been listed Grade II* and is the oldest rock garden in England on view to the public. It was completed on 16th August 1773. "
The Fish Pond was much more overgrown with lily pads and other pond plants than when we visited in 2004.
Wild flowers lined the edges of the rectangular pond.
It was hard to tell which bright orange spots were koi swimming under the surface and which were reflections of the orange poppies.
The reflections looked like a Monet painting.