It's almost the end of July. We've had about a month of sunshine non-stop. I've been off work almost two months. Wow, time flies! When my parents first retired, I remembered asking if they got bored. They laughed and said "not at all". I get it now!
I'll start by showing you my progress on Jane Harris (slow, in my books!). There is some universal law that the more you are near the end of your stitching, the longer it will take (or at least it will feel like it)! At least I finished getting the borders to meet up last night.
Remember I mentioned my giant banana plant? Well, it has flowered this month. This is not an annual event. I think it's the hot stretch of weather that has given it this boost this year. First you get the pod (lower right) which feels like a giant corn-on-the-cob.
Then the pod slowly opens. This is where it's like a movie featuring alien species from outer space...
Over time you see the little bananas starting to form.
Two years ago, the banana started to flower in September but there wasn't enough heat for it to do much. Then the cold and rain in October and that was that. This year we will hopefully see how this will work out to the end. We will see whether this is the edible variety or not!
Here is a shot of my son's garden that he started, as an experiment, last year. The artichoke was planted last year and this year we harvested two to eat. One was already starting to flower so we left it to bloom.
The bees love the artichoke flower. They are buried right inside the bloom so I've learned to not lean in too closely!
Here is where we've been spending time in the evenings. It's really blissful on the deck. Our neighbourhood is a lot quieter these last couple of years since a lot of the noise-makers have grown up and/or moved away.
The cats enjoying a breeze. I love how Daisy has her paw on Julius.
Thanks for your lovely comments from my last post. The burning question was about the public pianos - what happens what it rains? I have a link to an article about these public pianos here. Basically the pianos have only been installed this month and we haven't had any rain (lucky!) but people are asked to help put a rain cover on should it rain.
How has your summer been? As much as I love sunshine we need some rain here.The forests are getting to be fire hazards so if we get some rain for a few days that would be fine by me.
Julius says " Mom loves reading your comments, especially the ones about me and the Daze."
Thanks for your visits. Enjoy your week!