/*23 Breaths*/

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Every Day is Earth Day

The sea lavender always has flowers

The butterflies like this one

Today folks we have, for your listening and olfactory pleasure, The Purple Sage!

Some garden still life

Nasturtiums love the rain, are know to jump up over night and the leaves taste peppery in a salad

  I get lost in the geometry

The first tomato of the season!

Another Epi getting ready to bloom for the first time!

I hope you enjoyed the pics

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday walk around the garden

Steve and Cher gave us this cutting a few years ago, it hasn't stopped blooming since. I have it sitting with the Plumeria.

 A California native,this one ebbs and flows, at it's best it turns bright red. It's called campfire...

 Such a warm winter the plumeria never lost all it's leafs and always had a flower or two. One of the few flowers that I can say is truly intoxicating with it's fragrance. Lots of Aloha every surfer should have one

Every garden has to have guardians. This is only the porch but Fluffy rules with an iron fist!

A bloom from one of the sages. I like this photo because the lawn looks green.  It's not. Like a surf photo where it looks like the rider might make it.....photos lie!

This one is from a front yard experiment that has turned into a huge shrub that would like to take over the house.  Part of the year it has these exotic looking flowers.  The bees love them and we can't do enough for the local bees.

Here a couple of classic geraniums are climbing a climbing rose bush.

The cecile brunner climbing rose is one of my favorites. Very fragrant and perfect little buds.

Well that's a good place to stop.

More tomorrow.

I hope you enjoyed the pics.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday post

Tomorrow I'll post up some pics

in my ongoing series of

"a walk around the garden"

lots of blooms this time of year

good stuff

one fuzzie one to tide you over till the morrow...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

All Neil All The Time....

Kendog passed this along last night

from the Rust Never Sleeps album

(does anyone but me still call them albums?)

Great stuff!

I didn't even know Neil surfed...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax Day

Here in the US it's tax filing day

I for one don't have a problem paying my taxes

It could be simpler, that's very true and corporations could pay their share ...
but that isn't going to happen any time soon

I would gladly pay more

if it meant that education and healthcare were free for everyone

Back in school we talked about the two things a government could provide for it's citizens

Guns or Butter

That is a strong defense or offense depending on how you view it

or social programs

one OR the other

but not both

Other than that it's a fine spring day

I hope you take some time and enjoy it

Monday, April 14, 2014

only a Monday

I find myself in a constant struggle

First to wake up in the morning

Then to go to sleep at night

While I battle with these two opposing forces

(shouldn't they just balance each other out?)

One would expect that Nature doesn't have these problems

Spring follows Winter follows Fall follows Summer

with perhaps the odd blip here and there

like an 80 degree offshore day (fall weather)  in the middle of

a relatively normal springtime slide into June gloom

oh my

and it's only a Monday...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

More Hoedown!

Who is that guy? No not that one the other one, Curren?
I'd like to show you the other side of these but they are top secret
JJ getting and giving the lowdown
gobs of goodness!

The official snack food for the Hoedown 'cause they be great for parrrrrties....

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

More Handplane Hoedown

The mastermind

some new sleds


those aren't handplanes

the crew

nice one

the goods...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Handplane Hoedown Pics

Good Times -

More Pics tomorrow

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wildfires and mudslides

As we bid farewell to what was supposed to be winter and hello to the spring/summer
A very important season to the sportswear/tourism complex here in SoCal

It occurs to me that there are really only two seasons in Southern California Wildfire season and mudslide season

The yin and yang of the local weather patterns if you will.

The native plants, all of whom are intimately acquainted with the semiregular Californian drought conditions bide their time in the sunshine. When the occasionally heavy rains of an El Nino year occur the plants to grow thick and tall in the steep canyons and arroyos.

But come summer time, months after the last measurable rainfall the stuff makes great kindling…
Add a touch or a torrent of dry offshore wind and wildfires burn to the sea.

No stopping them really.

Months later, during a rainy year, rains run off the hills in sudden streams.
Removing the unguarded topsoil and occasionally the whole hillside.

Don't even get me started on June Gloom

(more Handplane Hoe Down pics tomorrow)