The Ciel Show

Sunday, June 23, 2019


My daughter who lived in New Zealand for a few years always wanted me to visit in October, on my birthday, because that's when the World of Wearable Art puts on their extravaganza every year. We never managed that, but... for the next 3 months, WoW is here, right here in Colorado Springs with their touring exhibit! To celebrate this in proper style, last night's opening of the show included a runway show of 16 fantastical, waaaay over the top wearable art creationsThese were the creations of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy Summer Solstice!

Always struck me as odd that this day, the longest of the year, in some cultures is Mid-Summer Day, and in others, the First Day of Summer! Whatever it is, it's finally here! There is heavy snowing up in the Rockies, but not around here. Spring took almost a month to kick out the last of Winter, and now hands over to Summer. The sky is clear blue, though as often is the case this time of year, thunderstorms are forecast for the afternoon. The landlord came by the other day with a couple of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Protecting the garden I have come up with a way to protect the peppers, tomatoes, squash, and flowers from the inevitable hail. We have been having thunderstorms all week, some with petty hail--none yet of the golfball or baseball size that has fallen in this area in recent years. I've heard that we are having more hail than we used to, and I can believe it! The baskets over the pepper plants serve also to collect the hail which will then melt, watering the plants below.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

yesterday's photos The Curiosites Carnival, and a couple of my souvenirs... Sign in to see full entry.


Yesterday's trip to the Morbid Curiosities Carnival went pretty smoothly--the drive, more than we expected as the Colorado Renaissance Festival opened this weekend, and we meant to leave an hour earlier than we did, because the traffic is predictably terrible up the road near Larkspur where the Ren Fest lives. It is also right in the middle of roadwork that has slowed the highway traffic, and in a place where there are only two lanes. But we did pass through that bottleneck a pause, apparently... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Play it again...

Here we are nearly ready to rush off to the one-day-only Morbid Curiosities Fair in Denver. Ideal for Charlie's post-apocalyptic visions and art, and I will also be bringing my tray of planets and the needle-felting kit to keep me busy. See you after! Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 14, 2019

One more time...

Mama Dove is sitting on at least one egg. Charlie got a photo several days ago when she was out and about. Usually they lay a pair of eggs, and she might have added the second after his visit. I am not bothering her, though I do go out on the deck to water the plants, and always say a soft 'hello.' I have been going through the items Julie sent me home with, and a certain painting that used to hang over the buffet in the old house when I was between 5 and 10 turns out not to be the one in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Glorious Old Ladies!

Here it is Wednesday already... Sun is shining, and thunderstorms are not in the forecast, and temps are expected to be in the 70s and 80s for the next two weeks. So... Summer follows hard on the icy heels of Winter. We hardly saw Spring at all. Today starts with cleaning the fish tank. I have done the filter and scoured the green slime off the glass as far as I can. It takes two, however, to siphon out 2/3 of the green water. I am hoping it will reach as far as the potted plants out on the back... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

...And back from the mountains...

Afternoon, overnight in Estes Park, and home again by 1pm Saturday. My sister is preparing to move down to senior housing in Boulder in January, and she has so much stuff to pack and to dispose of... Museum quality art and artifacts, many, many books, a number of well-grown houseplants... and the house. It's a lovely bespoke-built house, quite unique, on 2.5 acres of tundra-like ground. It isn't above tree line, but there are no trees on it, so the views are open and there is very little danger... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Off to the mountains...

In a little while I will be heading out of the Springs and up to Estes Park where my sister lives. We don't see each other often enough! It is a little less springtime up there than down here, but it will feel like just another day of erratic Colorado weather. The route goes through some lovely geology, and forests ranging from the lower-elevation pines up through the aspens, all the way to subalpine firs, one of my favorite trees. It is a great break from down here surrounded by city, even a... Sign in to see full entry.

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