What a Difference a Year Makes

Trip Start Jun 18, 2012
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Trip End Jun 23, 2012


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Pictures from One Year

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mary here.
Here are some pictures that measure the year.

What a difference a year makes. 

  I suppose you could say I've spent this year gardening and saying goodbye to Gordon, Kathy's brother.  When Kathleen was in Prague with terminally-ill Gordon, I made gardens for her for when she came back.  

 The point was to have a place to remember Gordon.  I made a little tombstone out of a bottle and my favorite marbles.  I placed it and three birdfeeders near the lake on a steep trail.  Then I fed the ducks and geese down by the lake as a new flock for Gordon. 

  It was too far to really take care of everything there.  So I moved everything up here to our little slab of the world. 

  I made a memorial garden with birdfeeders and plants.  Then we got our first complaint letter.  They didn't like all the birdseed going into the landscaping. 

  So I moved everything closer to us. That brought us our second letter.  They didn't like poop on the patio.  So now the ducks and I have become very surreptitious.  We sneak around.  I get up before the sun to put birdseed in different places.  

 I like the optimism of the ducks as they hopefully waddle to our hideout.  They never seem sad.

The office people told me that I don't have to worry, the person who complained is moving.  So I can put the bird feeders out in the winter when he or she is gone.

Some of the leaves are changing already.  We don't know if that means there will be an early winter.  I will miss my garden, but I will enjoy the birds.  And the ducks,  and the squirrels, and the chipmunks, and the geese, and the skunk.


 



 
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fem on

PRAY'S FOR KATHLEEN BROTHER. YES, TIME DOES FLY. I HAVE BEEN IN MY NEW PLACE FOR 6MONTHS AND LIKE YOU WONDER --WHOW TIME GOES BYE. TURNED ON THE NEWS, GLENDORA HAS A BIG FIRE IN THE AREA. THE WEATHER IS DIFFERENT HERE IN UPLAND, BUT NOT LIKE YOUR AREA. YOUR GARDEN LOOK'S WONDERFUL, IT ALWAYS AMAZED ME THAT PEOPLE LOVE TO COMPLAIN. GLAD THEY ARE MOVING. HAVE A GREAT EVEING.

Carole P on

Your garden is beautiful - the petunias, hydrangeas, coleuses - great! And I am glad you, the birds, and the ducks won!

chris rhoda on

What I see is a great improvement of your surroundings. The neighbors should be pleased with the beautiful space you've made. You look pretty settled in now.... love to you and Kathleen and sorry to here about her brother.

Lupe Ricca on

I truly loved meeting both of you and discovering such a beautiful and welcoming home environment. Both your home and garden are such reflections of warmth and joy. Your creativity came bursting through... Wow! Thank goodness grumpy neighbor is on his or her way out. I know a more positive energy is finding his or her way to your neighborhood. Thanks for sharing. I loved browsing through all of your pictures. Just great!!!

Polly on

Liked the way you showed us the progress. Looks good what you've done with a small space. I'm sure it cheers up the neighbors when they go by on their way in and out even if they don't say. Keep up the good work.

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