Hello Bloglandia! So, I'm grudgingly having to accept that we are knee-deep in autumn here in Portland. Anyone who's been with me for a while knows my distaste for the icky season between summer and winter. Besides the mucky leaves making the sidewalks treacherous, the darkening days, and the disgusting scent of pumpkin spice everything, … Continue reading Finn Frolics in the Floral Finale
Hello Bloglandia! If you've been wondering where Finn McSpool has been lately, well, he's been in the exact same place at me: Stuck at home with no prospects for travel for a very, very long time thanks to the moronic... [very long rant redacted in exchange for...] Okay, I won't get into the ridiculous embarrassment … Continue reading Finn McSpool Embarks on a Mini-Escape
Hello Bloglandia! It's that time of the week where I hunt down a quick snapshot to bring a little grin to your locked down faces. As you know, I've been trying to get a photo of the goslings that should be roaming around my neighborhood any day now. But once again, the local goose families … Continue reading A Friday Smile – Part Five
Hello Bloglandia! Spring is going like gangbusters here in Portland. After a cold and blah March, April has been strutting her stuff with clear skies and temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s (that's around 20-22 for you Celsius folks). With weather like that it's time to get out in the garden (since I … Continue reading April Showers Bring…Monsters?
It seems like it's been ages since Finn McSpool has pestered me for a photo shoot. Perhaps he was feeling chubby after too many trips to the boulangeries in France or maybe he was actually thinking of others and letting me finish up those last pesky edits on my books. Whatever the cause, the strange … Continue reading Exploring the “Finn”door Garden
It's the last weekend of summer, which means it's a sad time around here. Faces are glum, moods are down, and we're already counting down the days until it comes around again. So, what better way to hold onto summer than to have a little Summer Flashback full of the strange visitors to my garden, … Continue reading Summer Flashback – Strange Visitors, Men in Skirts, and More!
After a few false starts, spring is truly getting underway now in Portland -- actually, it seems we've skipped over spring altogether and launched right into summer! Regardless, winter's well over and that means my garden turning into a jungle. Unfortunately, I'm also dealing with a certain stripey pest problem... Classified in scientific terms as … Continue reading A Monstrous Pest Problem in My Fruity Garden
After the late season snow and freezing temperatures that plagued Portland last month, Mother Nature is putting down her foot and giving Old Man Winter the boot (girl power!). That's right, the signs of spring are finally upon us. For some people that means hay fever, for others it means breaking out the spring fashions, … Continue reading The Beastie-Filled Signs of Spring
Those of you who have been with me for a while know I keep a hive of bees in my back garden. Or, well, I used to. Last February, my entire hive of lovely ladies died dead. This was such a well-behaved team of bees that it was beyond disappointing to one day realize there … Continue reading Just Add Bees…and Beasties