Friday, September 14, 2018

The habaneros are ready. Chili soon.

Pruning day.

There are four large Philodendron Monstera growing at the base of a Live oak near the water. I haven't paid them much attention and they took over. So today I went pruning. I filled our wheelbarrow 4 times with leaves. About one out of five stems has been hollowed our by very aggressive nasty little ants. After a few bites I learned to spot an affected branch and send the ants for a swim in the Intracoastal. I am ahead for a change, but in two months they will be sneaking back. A garden is never finished.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Notary, Vilano Beach

This is a funky little faux Art-Deco Italian restaurant in Vilano Beach. The notary sign completes it. Have a great plate of lasagna and get you will notarized.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Love it again, Beach Blvd.

Garden tips.

I bought and planted six chili pepper plants in containers in my garden. They were just flowering a little when we went to Provence to cavort with German friends and others, for ten weeks. I held out hope of harvesting a few peppers when we returned. Well, it rained almost every day we were gone and my good neighbor, Clyde, watered on the off days. Now all six plants are huge and covered with peppers......quite hot too. I have mastered the garden art of benign neglect.

My little Hercules

Painting newly repaired termite damage. She's a dynamo.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

Inadvertent origami, dancing woman, Reillanne

Umbrella and legs, Saignon

Fredo, Saignon

Fete de la Musique, Saignon

Customer, Isle sur la Sorgue

Happier guy, Doppio

This guy was happier than the one below.

Baby, Isle sur la Sorgue

This guy had a "What are you looking at?" attitude.

Weeds, Saignon

Succulent and Volvo, Saignon

This has taken over a container at our new house. Our mattress comes today!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Parties, Saignon

 In the past week we have gone to a couple of wonderful parties. Here are a few pictures.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Birthday cake, Shannon's (Bistrot Atelier) Saignon

On my birthday, Shannon surprised me with this birthday cheesecake. It was wonderful. Thank you Shannon. And for the Cremant!!!

Wolves, Saignon

 Yesterday, on my walk, all I could see were wolves.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Here it is!

Here is Janie, walking down to our new house! We closed on it two days ago.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Two bees for Martina and Julia

 The above picture is the Mason bee nest I referred to in the bee post. Pretty interesting critters. They are solitary. When they find a hole that suits them they go in and lay an egg. Then they fill the little room with pollen and nectar. Then they put up a wall of bee concrete and lay another egg, until the tube is full. They are crafty enough to lay all female eggs until the last chamber, where they lay a male egg. The male hatches, eats his lunch and chews his way out. Then he hangs around until females start to hatch and mates. Because there are a lot of females from different tubes hatching at the same time, and a lot of males flying around, inbreeding doesn't seem to be a problem. They are tireless pollinators and do not sting. Before European honeybees were introduced they were one of the alpha pollinators in North America.

This is what the Carpenter  (Xylocopa Viginica) bees are doing to our dock. They are very big, like a bumblebee, with much less hair. They build a nest by chewing into unpainted wood and dead branches. The males vigorously defend the nests by hovering near them. Mainly to chase off other insects as they have no sting. They have a yellow dot in the middle of their forehead. When I walk out on our dock, in the warm months, there will be one or two males the get right at eye level and hover. If you call their bluff, they fly off. Luckily, they are another tireless pollinator, so we pretty much leave them alone.


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