Most of my life I worked on my art as family and my career allowed.  Now that I am retired from a rewarding career in IT I am blessed to be able to work on my art, and now also my writing, for three or so hours every day.

 

I live on ten beautiful acres in the northern California foothills with my sister who is also my best friend.  We are surrounded by the beauty and drama of nature and wildlife.  We also enjoy our numerous animal family members – two rats, two guinea pigs, one chicken, four ducks, six cats, two dogs, and a horse.  They are a constant source of love and learning, and often amusement.

I also enjoy gardening.  I have a large garden with raised beds that’s fenced from the deer.  The ducks and chicken each have their own houses in the garden.  I’ve grown roses in most of the garden for several years now.  A few years ago we had a large arbor installed and two rambling kiwi vines grow over it creating a shady oasis.  With that addition, the garden became a destination for conversation and relaxation, and not just a place to work.

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What's happening in the

garden -

a burst of bloom just around the corner

And it's all thanks for Fiona for guarding the load of new soil to refresh the beds!

The seedlings have a great start in the greenhouse. They're in coldframes with heating pads underneath - very happy indeed!

A few weeks later, after the threat of frost, I was able to plant the vegetables: tomatoes, basil, zucchini, pole wax beans, and cukes.

The first bouquet from the garden: a few of the first roses, scabiosa, sweet peas, and a single snapdragon

This little fairy garden badly needed replanting, and here it is in its rejuvenated state. I get lost looking at this!

A view of one of the stands of iris. I particulatly like this scene with the bright green of the Japanese maple's new foliage.

background image courtesy of Nathan Anderson from unsplash.com

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