Showing posts with label my yard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label my yard. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #75

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Wasp Nests in the Coat Closet...

When you don't have screens in your windows or doorways, you have no barriers to that indoor/outdoor living that we are constantly seeing touted on shows like "Outdoor Room" on HGTV.  This all seems so sophisticated...so decadent...the quintessential California lifestyle.  However, when you can move in and out of doors unencumbered, so can members of the animal and insect world.  Geckos, flies, bees, wasps, and most recently a bat, often drop by for a visit.  Sometimes, the insects decide they would like to try indoor/outdoor living as well, and they set up house inside yours.  Such was the case with these wasp nests.  When I was cleaning out the coat closet this week, I discovered these nests.  They were uninhabited, thank goodness.  Otherwise, I would also be posting pictures of my wasp stings!  It's moments like these, when you discover these uninvited guests, that you are reminded necessity truly is the mother of invention.  Screens!  What a concept!  
Ancient Chinese screens like this one were lined with rice paper
According to ehow.com, "Window screens were used as soon as there were window frames. Examples survive from ancient China and Egypt. In older societies, screens were made of wood, ceramic and stone to provide protection from animal or human intruders but still allow minimal light and ventilation into a building. Wicker or basketry domestic window screens provided visual privacy. Cloth screens provided protection from dust and insects. In the 19th century, as mining and manufacturing advanced, metal became widely available and wire drawing techniques were less expensive. Affordable wire mesh window screens were introduced in 1861."  Read more: The History of Window Screens | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5408159_history-window-screens.html#ixzz1ZWHKgSe2

Thankfully, Europe is not as "buggy" as the US and these kinds of events are occasional rather than frequent, but still...sometimes I do miss having screens here...Hasta luego...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I Think This Frog Is Confused...

Does this pool look like a pond? It has, but at the present time...No! But maybe this circular solar cover does look a bit like a lillypad...to a frog anyway...We have a ton of frogs in the two little ponds at the from of our house...perhaps this little guy was looking for some privacy...Play the next video I recorded from my kitchen window last spring and you'll understand why! I call it Frogapaloosa...Hasta luego...




Sunday, May 15, 2011

Stopping to Smell the Roses...


I love this time of year, not for the pollen, but for the roses! I am so lucky to have about 50 rose bushes in my yard. Half of them form a sort of hedge of pink, each stem having about nine roses on it. They aren't suitable for vases, but they are pretty. The other half of the rosebushes have blooms that look like they are on steroids! They are absolutely gorgeous and wonderfully suited for vases...
It's a good thing that I'm not responsible for them, or they probably all be dead. We have a gardener, thank goodness. It is sort of a necessary expense here, as the landlord can charge you the replacement value of trees and bushes that die. With my black thumb that could come out to a lot of euros...
What is is about fresh flowers??? They just make everything look a bit more beautiful...I especially love my roses because they are free...hahaha...Just threw this bunch in the trash...I'll have to go out today and trim some more...They also smell amazing...decoration and air freshener all rolled into one...It is such a pleasure to stop and smell these roses...Hasta luego...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Scratch and Sniff...

This past Friday, I hosted a group of ladies for Bunco. Bunco is a game that's popular in the States and many groups meet once a month to play, just like we do. And just for the record, the above "bunco" link is to wikipedia, which states that the game is popular among "middle-aged" suburban women...As someone who plans to live to 100, I take offense to that, as I have over 10 years 'til I hit middle age. Shame on you, Wikipedia! Shame on you! But, I digress...Anyway, it was my turn to host and I wanted to have some fresh flowers for the tables. I thought about buying a bouquet or two from Carrefour. They have some beautiful ones at their new flower shop-style kiosks for a very reasonable price. But as I looked outside at the brillant blooms in my own yard, I decided to make an attempt to create some fabulous bouquets of my own.
I recently watched an episode of Oprah where people were talking about doing their dream jobs. One of the guests was the amazing floral designer, Jeff Leatham. He designs all the floral arrangements for the George V in Paris, and has a new show in the States on the TLC Network called "Flowers Uncut." His advice was this...if you really want to create arrangements with impact, pick one beautiful bloom and put together a bouquet of that one flower. So that's what I did...
I wish these pictures were scratch and sniff because they are soooo fragrant! I am amazed at how their scent is fills the room. This is especially nice in the bathroom. ;-)
Combined with the orchid from my friend, Nickie, they make quite a nice tablescape, I think. Sorry your moving, Nickie, but glad I inherited your orchid! Muchas gracias and hasta luego...

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