Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cosmo Portrait

It's been bitterly cold lately so I haven't been spending much time outdoors, nor has there been much to photograph outdoors. But I haven't posted in two months now, so here's a new picture of Cosmo to keep things rolling.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Autumn Palette

A picture taken just after the massive rain storm we had today. With this type of hard rain, the leaves which have just peaked will not last long.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


As I arrived back from my run this morning, I noticed a flock of birds in the neighbours' crabapple trees. On closer inspection they proved to be Cedar Waxwings, one of my favorite birds and only the second time I've seen them! They would eat a few crabapples and then fly back across the street to rest and digest on the power lines. They have yellow "wax" at the tips of their tails and red "wax" on the tips of their wings. They are also gregarious.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mud Monkeys

This picture commemorates another weekend spent digging holes, mixing soil with compost, and planting new plants. On the far left is a blue Spanish Fir (slow growing) and to the right of it a Weeping Alaska Cedar, likely of the Strict Weeping variety (stays very narrow). Behind them is an arrangement of 'Glamour' azaleas that were on special at Lowe's for $2.76 a piece. What a bargain!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Art!

A year after moving in, we have finally found a piece of art to go above the fireplace. Thanks for the help Mom!

Cosmo in the Cat Basket

He managed to get everything but his ear to fit...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tree Transplants

This weekend we hired our yard guys to help us move a couple of trees around, including a beautiful new green-leafed Japanese Maple we appropriated from someone else's yard (they didn't want it any more). Here is the before and after.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Seattle Breaks 100 y'all that wanted to move here because it's so cool (no pun intended), take a close look at our weather this week. Here's my car's reading from 5 pm today...

Friday, July 24, 2009

For All Those Who Doubted the Virility of our Corn...

When we bought our lone corn plant in spring, many a concerned person told us that we wouldn't actually get any cobs because the plant needed fertilization from another plant. We thought it was fun to watch the plant grow though, so we left it in the ground. A little while ago we noticed a cob starting to grow - and now we have four! Last night we ate the first one, and boy was it divine. The tenderest I've had, and taste was 9/10; my only complaint was the kernels were a little small. Yummy!

Ready to scoff

July bounty from our garden

The plant from whence it came...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Front Stoep - Before and After

I've been spending most of my free weekend time fixing up our garden. It's a time consuming, but rewarding, affair, especially when the plants turn so green and healthy at this time of year. (Or is it because Dan went round with the Miracle Gro?)

One of the big things we did recently was to replace the Portuguese Laurel and Japanese Holly hedges alongside our front porch with the more desirable boxwoods ("Winter Gem") and a row of annuals, for colour. (And thanks to my Dad, who did much of the back-breaking digging for the boxwoods!)



Friday, June 19, 2009

Evening Cosmo

Cosmo poses so I can catch the beautiful summer evening light on "film".

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesday Morning

Scene at our back door this morning. June is a lovely month this year!

Monday, June 1, 2009

All the Pretty Flowers

Beautiful spring flowers at a neighbourhood park. Does anyone know what they are?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lookin' Gorgeous

Pardon me if I do say so myself, but isn't our front garden looking gorgeous - now that the azaleas are in full bloom? Please do note our brand new real boxwood hedge on the right, too (and compare it with the fake boxwood, which is actually ilex, on the left).

What's wrong with this picture?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Oregon Covered Bridges

Yesterday we drove through the Hayden Bridge, just off the Alsea Highway near Corvallis. Oregon currently has 50 covered bridges, the largest collection in the West. From ODOT:

"The covered-bridge-building tradition in Oregon dates from the 1850’s. Out of necessity, pioneers built with the materials at hand. Douglas fir was abundant in western Oregon and well-suited to bridge construction. To increase their useful life, houses were constructed over the timber trusses to protect them from the damp western Oregon climate.

The heyday of covered bridge building in Oregon occurred between 1905 and 1925 when there were an estimated 450 covered bridges in the state. By 1977, this number had dwindled to 56."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mom's 60th!!

My mom turns 60 today! Happy Birthday Mom! To celebrate, we drove down to Yachats with Cosmo, fetching Samantha and Jesse en route. After we arrived, we went for a very windy beach walk. We let Cosmo loose on the beach. He ran, and ran, and ran...

And he met a friendly dalmation that looked quite a lot like him...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Veggie Box

Last weekend I set up, on the sunny southern side of our house, one of two 4x4 vegetable garden kits I got from The planks are made of a trex-like material so they don't rot. I'm planning to put some copper stripping around the sides too, to keep the nasty SLUGS out! So far our modest box contains: 1 corn plant (back left), 1 mint plant (back right). Mint will be used for summertime Mojitos...yum! Still to go in: carrots, rhubarb, lettuce, squash...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Studio Dog

Cosmo seems to be a recurring subject on this blog of late, and he doesn't deserve all the fame, but I couldn't resist this picture of him in my townhouse that I'm fixing to sell (pardon the pun). As you can see, the carpet and pad has been torn out in the living room.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Crabapple Jelly, Anyone?

Costco was selling crabapple trees this week, and I couldn't resist getting a couple of them. Not only are the blossoms both beautiful and fragrant, and not only can you harvest crabapples for jelly in the fall, but they attract the local birds too. One of them's gone up on the NW corner of our property, and looks quite smashing if I do say so myself. (Btw, it's taken the spot of a beautiful Phormium (New Zealand Flax) plant that was devastated by all our snow this winter, and has since moved on to greener pastures at the composting facility.)

More Cosmopup

This really made my morning last week. Dan had bought this helium balloon for his nephew back in January, but it was finally getting a bit 'pap', so I took it down and tied it around Cosmo's neck :)

Then on Saturday we gave him special free range privileges in our front yard while we were milling about out there. I turned my back for 5 seconds and Cosmo was gone - no hide nor hair in sight. We did eventually find him about a half hour later, during which time he must have galloped the tarmac pretty hard, because he sliced a bit of his front pad off. On Sunday, when this pic was taken, he was a giant wus about it all day, seeking comfort here by burying himself in Dan's side. Everyone likes to cuddle on Dan!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cosmo's Seaweed Tail

He had a long day so give him a break. Poor thing. He woke up in his crate, tail all a-wag as we came downstairs to let him out, pounding the end of it on the bars. He re-opened a wound on the tip, it started bleeding, and he ended up with bloody whip-marks on his haunches from where his tail smacks himself as it vigorously wags. So we cleaned him all up and bandaged it till it looked like some seaweed washed up on a beach.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Pictures from a Run

It was a beautiful Friday morning and I couldn't resist documenting my morning run with some snaps.

First - the college campus I run through

Then, the neighbourhood park and woods

The empty lot with a beautiful view

The marina
Beautiful boats

Funky art at the waterfront

Cosmo is a good subject and adds some scale

Cosmo and family

The waterfront park - Cosmo's favorite part of the run, where he gets to watch the waterfowl

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Winter Hike

We woke up Sunday morning to bright sunshine streaming into the room. Out the bathroom window I could see the snow-frosted Olympic mountains crystal clear. So I scrapped my yoga plans and instead we headed to Rattlesnake Ledge for a 2 hour hike, dog in tow. Today was also my Great Backyard Bird Count day, so I pledged to identify birds for at least 15 minutes at the top. This turned out to be very easy; the only birds we saw were three Gray Jays (two are pictured here), who pitched up as soon as we pulled our lunch out. Their sweet melodies provided lunchtime entertainment, and Cosmo was smitten with them too.

The moss-spattered trees were gorgeous in their own way (below). It was so good to be out in nature for a change!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On Why You Shouldn't Get a Dog

This is what I came home to last night in the garage. The wiley coyote had escaped the confines of the garage by eating copious amounts of wood and drywall, gobbing up the door handle, and eventually making his way into the warm house (where he tracked drywall paw prints all over the rugs) :(