Monday, June 22, 2015

A walk on the trail with Rich & Shadow Dog

Sunday was the first day of summer.  Sometimes the simple things in life are the ones you cherish most.  It brings tears of joy to my eyes to watch this video because I love Rich and Shadow so much.  I'm so glad we are taking this wonderful journey together. Rich, Shadow dog, and I had a nice little walk on the trail.  Take a look:
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

First Poppy blooms in Oak View

I love small towns.  It is so nice to share little garden successes. I have been anxiously waiting for these poppies to bloom in the mailbox garden.  Rich created this little garden around the mailbox just for me.  I was starving for my poppies.  My eyes lighted up when I saw the poppy seedlings at the Ojai Farmers Market.  They are nestled against a series of large rocks.  Rocks from our many travels.  We were off in the truck this morning.  I sat down in the passenger seat and looked up to see the poppies had pushed open the pod.  I was so excited that I yelled to Rich "The poppies bloomed!"  Of course he didn't quite hear me and he was wondering why I was running to the mailbox.

The leaves look like delicate, intricate crepe paper.  If you peer inside the bloom you can see a series of stamens lined up in an orderly row.  I made two sketches of the poppies standing out in the street in front of the mailbox.  Chuck, the mailman came by and I had to quickly move out of the way.  Chuck admired my poppies and then snapped a picture of them for his wife.  Mr. Bonner teased me just last week that someone may just come over and pick my poppies.  I looked at him in disbelief!  I could not imagine that anyone would pick my poppies but me!  They give me such joy.  I am glad my poppies and I are reunited in Oak View.  I cannot wait to grow more.