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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Another trip into town

Not much going on today. If I haven't said, Toby is a woos. The coward of the county. The doorbell sends him fleeing for the closest desk to be behind. I looked down the other day, when whoever was gone, and saw Toby.


He's emerging from under the credenza, behind the filing cabinet. Here also is the original stool, from an oak board off a truck seventy six years ago. Mighty fine footstool.


I went to town today, and looked, as ever, for the heron. There it is, in all the long grass. It's as if the heron grows wilder and wilder, too.


 Here are thistles, and perhaps milkweed in the picture below.




This is the corkscrew willow in my header picture. It's looking unkempt, too.


The four planters are tomorrow's project. I have concrete under this new deck, not dirt and grass to hold my shepherd's crook mandevilla holders.  My solution to that is the planters around the edges of the deck.

I'll fill them with some rocks and sand and those couple of bags of Pocono River stones left from my last garden, then some dirt to plant miscellaneous stuff in. Then my crooks with mandevillas, and it will officially be summer on my deck, and it's still June.  



35 comments:

  1. Your summer will start early. Poor Toby.

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  2. Can almost see those pots filled with color.

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  3. I like those pots - the colours are lovely.

    One of our cats was a huge wuss, too. He was terrified by a knock on the door or the doorbell. After he went to live with our son, we discovered he must have been anxious about being around our other cat, too. He stopped scratching himself and his bald patch above one eye grew in. I'm so glad he's an only cat now, and living a better life.

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  4. I wonder if Toby will relax more once he gets familiar with his new space.

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  5. I like the color of the pots and what you plan to do with them. I did spot the gray heron too! I'm with Toby, I like to hide sometimes when the doorbell rings.

    betty

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  6. Jazz is a wuss too. He particularly hates white van men. If any knock at the door he growls and runs away. A couple of times the delivery man has asked whether the dog is safe. I don't think they believed me when I said it was a cowardly cat.
    Looking forward to seeing your mandevillas gracing those lovely pots.

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  7. I love those planters. I don't buy many big planters here because I can't find nice colours that don't weigh a ton. The ones I do have on my patio weigh so much and once I get them on wheels I pretty much leave them on wheels, lol. All the best with the planting. Seeing Toby reminds me that the neighbours cat is still up to no good on my patio. I caught her out there today after not having seen her for awhile. Now I know why my growing bulbs (of various kinds) are practically knocked right over. It's because that is where she lands once she climbs over the fence. My neighbour insists her cat does no harm.

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    1. I think the pots are a wonderful find. They are cast resin. They weigh a pound apiece!

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  8. Nice looking pots that will look that much nicer filled with plants. Well unless I did them and they'd all be dead within 2 weeks.

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  9. The pots are so beautiful, you get organized at an impressive speed.

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  10. I was wondering how you would use the crooks in the new garden, rocks in pots seems like a good idea, but will they support the heavy mandevilla baskets? I hope so.

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    1. I will strap the poles to the uprights of the porch.

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  11. Toby is so attractive! HRH was a tuxedo cat, too.

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  12. Hari OM
    ...and there, Joanne, begins your new garden!!! Hoorah!!! YAM xx

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  13. Hello!
    You live in a piece of paradise.

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  14. Toby is smart. One never knows who might be at the door!
    I would think that the heron IS probably getting wilder. And that's a lovely thought.

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  15. Poor Toby.....I know the anxiety of a knock at the door. One never knows what is coming.

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  16. I love those pots!!! Just beautiful! All cats must be skittish when it comes to noise/door knocks. Ruby will start at just about any noise. Our son was here on Wed. and Ruby knew him from previous visits, but she was still a bit timid in coming over to him. Ruby will occasionally hide in the laundry room, at the back of the space where the dust mops are stored. It's dark there and she lays on the large commercial sized dust mop. Have to look hard to see her at all. I think I've solved my comment posting problem. ;)

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  17. I suppose we'd all go wild, if left to our own devices, with no interference from society. My Slim doesn't like visitors, either, although he tends to pick up on special ones - like his aunties. Those planters are beautiful colors. I've had a helluva time finding any I like and can lift.

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    1. Check into the resin pots. They look like glazed concrete pots, and weigh ounces.

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  18. You are settling in quickly! I always enjoy the planting stage but the colour is the pay off.

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  19. Glad to hear it is all taking shape Joanne.

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  20. Perhaps Toby's just taking the attitude, well, the doorbell's not for me, so I'm keeping far away in case of trouble....

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  21. Looks like a wonderful summer.
    Plenty of things to do.
    Coffee is on

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  22. I see a little three drawer dresser in that last picture. It has turnings at the corners, and linguista walton handless. I have one almost exactly like that.

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    1. I bought it from an antique dealer I adored. I don't remember anything about the handles. I think they look like figs. A friend says they resemble squirrels' nuts, in the worst sense. I cannot find anything on the internet. What can you tell me.

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  23. Good luck with the new project. Hope it goes well and enjoy your summer.

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  24. Poor Toby. Your project plans sound wonderful.

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  25. I understand how Toby feels. I hide, too.

    Love,
    Janie

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  26. Cats and old people seldom like change, but we can learn to adjust. We really have no choice.

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  27. So glad you will have some garden around your new home! That is a beautiful little chest of drawers in that last photo.

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  28. Cats hate change. My grandmother said to butter cats' paws when we moved and it always worked. Seamless transition.

    Love the planters and the drawers.

    XO
    WWW

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  29. people are always surprised to see we have a cat. she doesn't care much for strangers either.

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