"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Thursday, July 07, 2011

We had a fun July 4th at the lake cottage. Met friends for lunch in Wolfeboro at our go-to Mexican restaurant there. They then came to the cottage for an afternoon of conversation, swimming, and dogs.

Ruth was reunited with her boyfriend, Oliver, whom she hadn't seen for nearly a year when his people married at the cottage. She likes to kiss him.

They had a really nice walk together, and she tried to teach him to swim. Because Jewel doesn't mingle well with other dogs, she stayed in the house while we were down at the dock. But she got plenty of attention, and kept one of our guests company for a while. After all the excitement, they slept well that night--even though fireworks were going up all round the Bay, sometimes quite loudly. And they slept later than usual the next morning.

The girls and I returned to the Lodge on Tuesday. I had meetings in Concord that afternoon. After an overnight at the Lodge and mandolin lesson yesterday, we returned to the lake. The Chap is on his summer work schedule, so he'll have Mondays off and plans to spend long weekends here.

I have photos of a few "mystery" roses...rather, I have records and a site map and can look up what they are, I just haven't bothered to do so yet.

This one is from breeder David Austin, but I can't recall its name.


This is New Dawn.

Maiden's Blush, a 15th century alba.

Banshee, which mimics Maiden's Blush.

Another David Austin. This is Cottage Rose. This flower is heart-shaped!

This morning after walking the dogs, I drove over to New Durham Ridge to pick berries. (And as a result, breakfasted on berries!) The Reveille raspberries are newly ripe...the Killarneys will be ready for picking next week.

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