The Ciel Show

Friday, May 24, 2019

Sunshine!

Yes, it's back, and bringing spring along with it. The garden box is glowing with delights, and the vegie plants are warming to it... The dovelings are growing, and yesterday while Mama perched on the nest, a definite doveling butt was visible poking out from under. I imagine they will fledge in another couple of weeks. I wonder how many broods the parents will go for this summer. Eurasian Collared Doves are noted for 3 or more clutches a season. And Papa is already cooing in that come-hither... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

And the day after...

The snow is nearly all gone now, after a day of cascades and little off-the-roof avalanches. The lilacs are bowed but unbroken; the maple did lose a couple of limbs, one about 5-6 inches thick, I think. There are broken branches all over town, up and down the block, too. The rest of the week, we have warming temps up to maybe the 80s. Oh, and all my plants look fine, though the peppers and tomato starts appear to have bent under the load. Maybe with sunshine, they will all stand up tall again. Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

next morning...

Last night I went out with a broom and knocked around the lilacs to shake off the heavy snow that had them bent to the ground. I have just come in from doing it again this morning. None of them snapped overnight, though I have heard from other corners of the Springs of trees and boughs broken. The maple out front seems to still be intact. Mama Dove is tucked up in the corner of the deck's roof, and though there is ice and snow all around on the reed fencing and deck furnishings, her corner looks... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 20, 2019

me on display

And here it is, snowing... temps in the mid-30s, and likely to go warmer, so I am not so worried about the garden, but... Really, Winter? Yesterday evening we turned the guest room, with all its wide white walls, into a gallery for most of the photo canvases I've accumulated in the past several years. The thing is, if there is a gene for out-of-sight-out-of-mindedness, I have a couple of them: If things aren't in front of me, I forget I have them. So these walls have become a staging area for... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Seriously, Winter...?

Temps down in the 30s overnight... but the garden is still good. There is a big plant sale for charity going on this weekend which I mean to visit. Forecast for the week has us expecting highs in the 60s. But it's Colorado, and it's weather, so who knows? Mama Dove was out and about yesterday, so I took a liberty and a quick feel inside the nest, and yes, the babies are there, two of them, and already a pretty good size. I am so pleased they have enough room to grow now! One of my favorite... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wednesday accomplishments

Two days in the 80s, with doors and windows shut snug all winter now open to let in the occasional slight breeze... The gardens were watered before noon, and are perky now in the evening. I am thinking already of dragging out one of the fans to move air through the house. Today we finally got the Chinese paintings up on the wall alongside some of the photos on canvas. It's the first time in months, many months that the wall by the stairs has been wholly switched out. This means I'll actually... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tuesday sunshine!

First thing out of bed... well, second thing actually... I was out playing in the gardens. The front deck got watered last night when the pretty orange and yellow blooms in one big pot were drooping, and this morning they are all upright and lovely! It is below where the dove is now nesting--the new nest we set up a while back--so she has a garden to enjoy, if doves do enjoy gardens. On the back deck, the peppers and tomato plants got watered and I finally put some bulbs and corms in soil that... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

This time, no snow on Mother's Day!

My Mother's Day gift is sitting in the front yard. For some time, I have wanted a long little garden box--maybe 8 inches tall, and 6 inches out from the concrete wall of the steps and porch where our front doors are. The base of that structure is about 16 feet long, but we didn't need to fill the whole length. After a nice and tasty brunch we went to the home fixins store and bought a couple of cinder blocks for the ends and a slab of siding, 8 inchs high, 10 feet long for the front. Charlie... Sign in to see full entry.

it's the Day of the Mothers!

Just as in every male of any age, there is always a little boy--In every female, whatever the age, there is always a mother. Happy Mother's Day! Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Not again!

The white lilac buds are growing pale, ready soon to burst into bloom among the green leaves. Next door the big maple is littering the ground with its tiny yellow blooms, and the leaves are spreading out... Everywhere that green mist of spring is in the treetops... And we are expecting snow tonight. Probably not a lot, probably big, warm flakes that stack high but melt soon as the sun rises. But geeze! It's May, and ought to be full of flowers and warm breezes... Well, we did have the warm... Sign in to see full entry.

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