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 -

everything's taking off with the longer and warmer days

This handsome boy is enjoying a handout of cracked corn just outside the garden

The tomatoes and pole beans have already reached the tops of their supports. No sign of tomato worms!

We've enjoyed so many fragrant bouquets of sweet peas already. Now they're so tall that I can't pick them, so they're starting to set seed.

A garden view showing the few rose blooms after pruning the spent blossoms from the first big bloom.

Roses are the backbone of my garden - I have thiry of them, and love each and every one.

If I could only grow two flowers, they would be roses and sweet peas. It's hard to imagine a garden without both of them.

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