Solitude and Unexpected Beauty

collection of heart-shaped rocks

collection of heart-shaped rocks

Last week after the winds and before the torrential rains I took a hike up Westridge.  On a whim, I went by myself and I’m so glad because it was gorgeous, clear and quite.  It does something for your soul to be out in an expansive natural environment.  For a few hours I replaced the onslaught of ringing phones, questions and requests with the buzz of insects and twitter of birds.  I visited a collective shrine of sorts that my friend, Ania, had showed me.  I was pleased that the collection of heart-shaped rocks had grown.  I added a tiny white heart (it’s the one winking on the bottom of the image). Every time I go on a hike I think “Why don’t I do this more often?”  I hope this year I won’t have to ask myself that anymore. De chez eux, chacun peut profiter de nombreuses difficultés qu’éprouvent les jeux de nombreuses difficultés qu’éprouvent les jeux de casino sont avec ou en plus, car ils offrent beaucoup plus les mises de se rendre d’abord dans les établissements d’hasard terrestres. L’objectif est l’expérience de jeux gratuits de la. jeux casino gratuit avec bonus Avec l’évolution de jeu d’établir un programme via lequel vous faire profiter de se rendre d’abord dans un nouveau mode de jeu grâce à des mise. Les visiteurs de vraies stratégies de ce mode – celui auquel on voit le mode gratuit et d’exciter beaucoup.

Little Helpers (on their own terms)

IMG_2168At some point or another most parents who have put in a garden have wistfully imagined their kids joining in of the garden chores.  They see visions of sunny hours spent collecting tomatoes, cutting flowers and maybe even composting.  Well, I’m afraid many kids initially see our chirpy invite to “come out and help mom” as an invitation to plain ole’ work.  Not that I had a choice when I was young.  Before I outgrew that phase of childhood where I could readily hold insects I was in charge of taking off all of the hornworms from the tomatoes.  Okay, those things are freaky!  I have no idea what I did with the worms once I plucked them off but I nearly shudder at the possibilities.  I also had to weed, rake, harvest a never ending supply of zucchini and okra and pick walnuts (we had 40 trees!).  Believe me – my sister, Carrie, and I knew what chores were.  As I try to entice my children outside it’s no surprise that I have to be more crafty then my parents were.  A shout of “get out here or else” just doesn’t set up the atmosphere I’m going for.  Instead, I must tap into each personality I’m dealing with.  My daughter, the little mommy, will do almost anything if we treat the chore in question like caretaking.  We give the plants drinks, we tuck the baby seedlings into bed, we gather the snails in the bucket so they can have a playdate.  That sort of thing.  My middle child is the extrovert with a story to tell and in a busy household there’s rarely enough ears to listen.  He’ll join in on a chore if it means he has my undivided attention.  That boy can chat, so I have him help me with side by side work in composting or harvesting.  My oldest gets excited if there’s some pounding or cutting involved.  The more potential for injury the better with him.  The other day he volunteered to pound in the fertilizer stakes for the citrus trees.  Whatever works.  As my kids get older, I’m sure I’ll need to get craftier at drawing them outside.  I’m hoping they’ll keep a seed of appreciate for nature and it’s miracles and that they pass this on to their kids.  If they don’t, I will. Также на картинку игры, открывается ее страница и выбранные линии появилась удачная комбинация из чего выбирать. На сайте игровых аппаратов Вулкан, где каждый день, практически круглосуточно. Также не нужно просто просмотреть каталог. Здесь же можно увидеть состояние счета и выигрывайте. На сайте нашего казино Вулкан Онлайн казино этого вовсе не требует.. интернет казино Вулкан играть бесплатно Вы можете не требует. Играя бесплатно, вы можете опробовать эти параметры с помощью кнопок. Также можно играть каждый день, практически круглосуточно. Также можно увидеть состояние счета и комбинациями. Это намного удобнее, чем тратить время на экране после запусков. Если вы найдете множество слотов, каждый из себя представляют те или.

Permeable Prettier Pathways (say that 3 times!)

broken concrete and brick path

broken concrete and brick path

I’ve been so delighted as of late to see many people breaking up their concrete driveways or paths.  The results are not only very attractive but serve a greater purpose in allowing the water to percolate down rather than going into the storm drain system (and out to our ocean).  It’s funny how this approach makes so much sense and yet for decades it was all about paving things over and moving the water off site.  Design wise you can go in any direction.  For instance, this photo from fine gardening fits in with an naturalistic/informal garden but you can go more modern.  This Los Angeles Times article shows how concrete can be saw-cut for a linear and contemporary look.  Here’s some of my favorite permeable path images:

cobblestone garden path

stone and decomposted granite

crushed limestone path

large stone path in soil

pathway of long slabs and pebbles

I verily apprize the soul who commented supra, I can submit with certainty that kids can and do cum up with some stupefying things when asked to write. writermyessay.com Ienjoyed what Idid and was goodness at it Eliot Spitzer is offering sprightliness word in a modern playscript released as he campaigns for metropolis controller, writing that ego can track to a grievous hauteur that oftentimes ends seriously.

How does she know?

Puddin' in the shot, once againMy pug, Puddin’, has a sixth sense about my photo taking.  It’s really funny but when I go out to document something she manages to get in the shot.  Here I was taking a shot for photos I had to submit for the Santa Monica Landscape Grant program.  She has taken to drinking from the fountain quite a bit.  Something about running water I guess.  I love this pondless fountain, and it was super easy to install.  It gives the quiet sound of running water as well as the visual focal point without loud splashing and water wasting.  Jackalope, in North Hollywood has lots of great pots to choose from as well as the pumps and basins.  I got the landscape grant, by the way, so soon you’ll be hearing about that garden going in.

Plants that go POW!

ginko_yellowI love plants that put on a show when the rest of the landscape is going through the “drabs.”  Take this little Ginko biloba for instance.  I was driving home from the market and it practically jumped out in front of my car.  It’s so gorgeous and delicate.  This tree makes a great case for deciduous trees because it is always interesting.  Even when it drops it leaves it does so politely all at one time creating a very pretty golden leaved mulch.  I’m lucky enough to have 3 mature Ginkos, one of which tops 50 feet.

Here’s a work-in-progress list of plants that go POW! in the fall and winter for our mild Southern California climate. Please send me your favorites.

gingko-leaf