Spring Has Sprung – VII

I’ve been neglecting the garden lately – no in reality but virtually i.e. I haven’t posted any recent shots of what’s been flourishing in the back yard. Lori and Fred – the previous owners – worked hard to create a typical English garden with something in bloom from early spring to the autumn. Working with shades of green and purple, blue and yellow perennials and the odd splash of red or orange they gave us something that I have enjoyed over the past four years. Hopefully the new owners will find as much pleasure in it as we did.

Honeysuckle vine

In the next day or two this honeysuckle vine will be a mass of orange flowers and the hummingbirds should be around dipping into the tubes. Oddly it has no scent – I thought honeysuckle always had a perfume.

The Ostrich ferns

The ostrich ferns pretty much take over the back fence and are a great background for the bed of hosta, day lilies, periwinkle and bishop’s scourge

Lemon geraniums

In other years this bed of lemon-scented geraniums was a mass of purple-pink blooms but I didn’t divide it last fall. The scent is still incredible on a warm summer night.

Honeysuckle bush

This old honeysuckle bush definitely has a scent and last night after a wild thunderstorm it radiated through the garden.

Honeysuckle bush

I always love the iris beds we had around the house when I was a kid – here I have these beautiful purple ones, some yellow that are just coming into bud and Japanese iris that will bloom in the next few weeks.


Video – Women in Western Art

A beautiful piece of video art created by Eggman913 – with the help of a few of the renowned – and not so well-known – artists of the past 500 years. And his Picasso and Civil War videos are exceptional pieces of video, you might want to check them out on YouTube.

Wish I knew what the cello piece is!

Et Tu? Reesie!

Reesie RecumbantRather than slap me against the side of the head – which I deserve for forgetting to mention it – in that sweet gentle southern manner of hers, lynette reminded me that I hadn’t said anything about the most important man coming to Rome: Reese.

Yes the Reeser Man is coming with us, if he couldn’t go I wouldn’t go – simple as that.

In the way of special handling he has to:

  • be mircochiped
  • have up-to-date rabies shots
  • be given a clean bill of health by a Canadian Vet

There is no quarantine requirement – that only applies to places like the UK, Australia, the Caribbean – so he can enter Italy with us. And friends at the Embassy have recommended a good vet to look after him once we’re there.

Airlines no longer allow pets in the cabin – I can understand the reasons though I don’t like it – so Reesie will be going as checked baggage. I’ve explain to him that its actually Canine Class and its a very special cabin all his own. Working with the airlines taught me that the last thing to do is give him a tranquillizer – those things have a stronger effect because of the altitude; more animals die of over-doses on flights than you’d think. The best thing to do – and no this isn’t a fetish thing – is to put a pair of sock or underwear that you’ve worn in their kennel. The smell of someone they know comforts them.

Reese on the moveThis will be his second trip to Europe – and given his age probably his last. He’s fairly well-travelled. He got us in Crystal Lake, Illinois when we lived in Chicago. We realize now that the kennel – though AKK registered – was a puppy mill and many of his health problems stem from over breding. Be that as it may he’s still my best bud and one of the gentlest creatures on God’s earth. He has been with us on moves back to Ottawa, down to Montreal (five times), over to Warsaw, back to Ottawa-Aylmer and now onward to Roma. He should have frequent flyer points.


Two of my favorite bloggers – Tater and my blog mama lynette – talk about ghosts and memories.

Tater writes – as only he can – about the ghosts in the attic.

lynette chronicles her search for family memories and ghosts this past weekend. And being lynette she kept us in suspense through not one, not two , not three but four postings. And there were a few of us going to give her such as slap after posting number three.

Speaking of the supernatural, I just went over to Big Ass Belle to check the urls for the links and lynette has linked to Tater too (gosh that sounds cute) and my most recent post about Rome. Coincidence or the para-normal at work? Scary stuff kids.

Fantastic Fotos

Venice by AaronIt’s probably just my imagination but it seems that Aaron over at Meanwhile goes on vacation at least once a month. Aside from being envious of his travels I also envy his incredible eye for what makes great photography.

This past week he was in Venice and Ljubljana and a click on the photo above (one of the most incredible night shots I’ve ever seen of Venice) will take you to seven days worth of great pictures.

And now that I’ve found out the Ljubljana is only 4 hours from Venice by train, I’ve added another destination to the growing list for the next four years.