Saturday, August 9, 2014

Bambi Strikes Again

I should have seen it coming.

The four muscat grape vines that I planted this spring had a slow start but had become established and were doing great.  Tendrils and leaves unfurled and the vines were spreading out onto the fence.  Each plant even had its own adorable cluster of baby grapes.  I should have taken a picture.

The deer also were delighted by the grapes progress.  So delighted that they hopped into the garden one night and ate my poor vines down to half their former size.  And all four clusters of grapes are gone.  Of course.

So yesterday Bruce erected yet another temporary fence -- this time to block out the marauding deer.  I know that they're just hungry and doing what any creature must do in order to stay alive.  I'm not angry (maybe just a little at myself for not seeing this coming) or upset -- just resigned.

Rock, heat, wind, gophers, deer, weeds, drought.  As I've said more than once, Copperopolis is a hard scrabble sort of place to have a garden.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Last week of Summer Break

This squirrel has taken residence in a pine in our side yard. 

The lantanas I planted in half barrels is thriving

Today is a blessedly cool, overcast day,  only supposed to reach the mid 80's.  This is rather amazing for Copperopolis in August and a great relief after almost a week of temperatures over 100 every day.  Actually, if  we had a shower or two, this would be very like the weather in Hamburg!

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These last two pictures are of a hummingbird playing in the drops of water from a small sprinkler.  They are the otters of the bird world -- playful, clever and mischievous!

Friday, August 1, 2014


On Tuesday I got back from an absolutely splendid two-week visit with Anke and Wolfgang in Hamburg.
My First Beer in Germany

Anke and I in Front of an Old Mill

So much green...

Elephant at the TierPark

Old Main Gates of the TierPark

Upside-Down Walrus at the TierPark

Lübeck Cathedral

Lübeck Puppet Museum

Sculptures by Ernst Barlach

The Janisch House

Sweet Donkeys at the Donkey Park

Wind Mill on the Way to the Baltic Sea

The Baltic

Anke and Wolfgang

Old Part of Hamburg

Anke Studying the Map!

Hamburg Harbor with New Opera House in Background

Anke and Wolfgang schlepped me around to see the sights here - there - and everywhere.

The Airport

It's hard to believe that only a few days ago I was half-way around the world.  Modern travel is pretty cool -- disorienting, though.  I'm still waking up at 3:00 a.m. ready to bounce out of bed and eat lunch.  An interesting sort of jet lag!

It did me such good to see my family across the ocean.