"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

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Settling In

I picked the bouquet featured above from my new gardens. The stargazer lilies and blue spiky hostas grew here before I came, but I added the rose bushes. We're having another heat major wave--I believe it's our third since we moved here! I didn't want my flowers to wilt, so I cut some blossoms and brought them inside to enjoy.
The painter has finished. The carpenter is working on my bookshelves, which will be installed in a couple of weeks. Many boxes have been emptied--in fact, we Freecycled about 20 of the best ones and the large wardrobe boxes, and had a lot of takers. We attended one "Welcome to the Neighbourhood" party last week, and there's a rumour of another one to come. A friend who lives not too far away in this city stopped by today with a beautiful Phalaenopsis orchid (something I've always wanted) and a lovely card.
We had days and days of rain, but it didn't impair my enjoyment of the new rose and perennial gardens. Below is my beloved striped gallica Rosa mundi. Turns out I've got two of them, because the damask York and Lancaster I ordered just bloomed today and it's another Rosa mundi. This has happened to me before. I do  understand the confusion--Y&L is partly white and half pink, RM is pink and white stripes--but the Latin names are quite different. I wish the suppliers could get it right! Meanwhile, I've got Y&L back at the Lodge...perhaps I should simply dig it up and transfer it here. That way I'd be sure to have the one I want!
And here's beautiful Eglantyne by David Austin Roses.
And the Huntington Rose, also by David Austin.
The girls are becoming more accustomed to life in the neighbourhood. They still aren't too keen on the passing joggers, bikers, walkers, and many, many dogs. Ruth had a chance to say "hello" up close and personal with the dear young black lab from the house behind us. And I think she'll enjoy the even younger Golden Doodle across the street. But Jewel doesn't want anything to do with any other dog except Ruth.
Over the past couple of days I've been hanging art on the walls, and fitting out the guest quarters.
And I've been bird watching, too! Hummingbirds, chickadees, and nuthatches are the most prevalent. But yesterday I spotted 3 titmice, my first downy woodpecker, and best of all, the parent cardinals and their two offspring. Here's the papa cardinal feeding the young and showing them the best fast food in town--my bird feeders!
My kitchen--the heart of the home, as they say--is a joy. But in weather this uncomfortable I'm not really in the mood to cook much. Popsicles are my usual lunch, and we've had some quick-&-easy suppers. Time to organise another one...and find out what Jewel is barking at!


Thomas Hogglestock said...

Interesting that Jewel isn't as social as Ruth. Which one have you had longer?

Margaret Porter said...

We had Ruth for almost exactly a year before Jewel came to us. Jewel was a third dog at the time. Reportedly Jewel once lived in a household with 25 other dogs...she and Ruth get on beautifully. It appears her aversion to other canines is due to her protective and territorial instincts.