The Ciel Show

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Re: Wednesday--clouds and sunshine and maybe storms

Two of the doves are back on the nest this morning--one parent, one youngster, I think. I wonder what they think of the changes made in their little domestic world! Today I will plant the carrot seeds and the pink lamia ground cover. The landlord is gonna love that stuff! It spreads wildly, and if he mows it down every now and then to the edgeline he likes, it won't hurt the garden. It is going under the lilacs where I have trimmed out the lowest branches. After struggling with the memory foam... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Love that rain!

Every day we get nice drenching rains is a day I don't have to water the garden! This is another of those days. It also keeps the temps down--today, below the forecast 80s. I hear India is baking under temperatures as high as 122F. And my daughter's mother-in-law is getting the extreme heat of a Cypriot summer already. I like this better. Today we prepped the big pot for carrots. They are the short, stubby, very sweet kind. And I draped the screening (for screen door replacement) over the rail... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Joys of Spring!

Oh, the aches of gardening! I spent maybe half an hour bending down to persuade the quack grass and its long running roots out of the garden yesterday, and wake to some whinging muscles in my bending-over portions... legs and lower back which, in reality, probably benefit from the exercise. At the moment, they benefit from a sitting-down time while the tylenol kicks in. No more dovelings on the deck since yesterday afternoon. They won't be far off--probably in the maple tree. I shook the seed... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Garden Day

Garden day today, far more exercise than I usually let myself in for! Tearing out quack grass from the back yard garden boxes... The do have long runner roots, those quacks! Then, pruning the lilac shrubberies before the landlord hacks them all to the ground completely, which he has threatened to do. I mean to attempt to persuade him otherwise. Now passage is clear from the bottom of the stairs out to the yard, and from the yard to the meter on the side of the house. If he takes them out... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

One doveling on the wing!

Today one of the dovelings left the nest! Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Only just 1pm...

Only half way through the day, it is getting too warm to work in the sun, to, for example, plant the wysteria vine I splurged on today. It will go in a big, big plastic pot, because, after all, I only rent here. We were up early to meet a half dozen theater people working to costume a Little Theater production of SPAMALOT. That's the Monty Python take on CAMELOT, if you are not familiar with it. Finally, finally, the collection has come to the notice of the people I've collected it for! They... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Photos of May

The dovelings are near ready to fly... This year's deck garden has begun... Ember's latest portraits... the damage to the old maple from last week's late snow storm... Sign in to see full entry.

The Gummint Made Me Do It!

For some time now, it has been an intention to clear up the mess on the desk in my bedroom. Even day before yesterday I felt that mood coming on... before it faded away again to a preference to do anything else. But it had to happen. Today is the last day I can apply for my annual license tabs for the truck without a late fee. And it requires things like the insurance coverage information. So... I suspected that buried somewhere in that paper chaos was the current insurance card. And so it... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tuesday is Monday

There was thunder today! Twice it rolled along overhead, and there were just a few drops of rain here--Enough to rouse me up to bring in the tomato starts, and put the hail covers over the pepper plants! But there was no hail today. There was a bit here yesterday, or was it the day before...? Whenever, north of here saw quite a lot more! I have been thinking a lot about civilization lately. This afternoon I have been watching a PBS series called FIRST CIVILIZATIONS, even taking notes to write... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 24, 2019


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.

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