July 30, 2010
end finally came this June. Even after all these years of anticipation, it seemed unreal to see the school stripped of its sign. [Edit: I've since learned the school district may not have been responsible for this removal. Vandals!].
Speaking of the (missing) sign, you can see it in this old photograph (below) I came across while sorting through a box of treasures from my dear late friend and mentor, Jean Hill, a talented artist and life-long resident of Wooden Valley. He taught art at the school for many years.
Perhaps it was these BB guns which were responsible for the dimples in the ornament at the top of the flag pole (below).
Posted by The Monkey Flower Group at 8:29 AM
July 28, 2010
July 26, 2010
J & V
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I wish to inform you that research for The Collar continues (above), though persistent technical difficulties continue to thwart production of a working prototype. Progress is steady, however, and I am optimistic that the ultimate goal will soon be attained. In the meantime, efforts at fabrication are yielding interesting results (documentation forthcoming) which I have reason to believe you will find satisfactorily ridiculous.
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July 24, 2010
July 19, 2010
The house's current lack of a functional kitchen or inhabitable dining room was not a problem; my sister expertly grilled up some amazingly tasty salmon, which we ate on the patio table with fresh mozzarella and lemons, basil and tomatoes from the garden (below).
Sturdy wine glasses such as the adorable one below (which has survived since the 1988 Napa Town and Country Fair), added a homey touch.
July 17, 2010
Powder blue agapanthus (above), lush ferns, and hydrangea ranging in color from baby pink to antique lavender set the tone for this market's bouquets and flowers to wear (below).
Many, many times throughout the day I hear people lamenting that they have nowhere special to wear flowers. . . I say all the better! It is a proven fact that nothing livens up mundane tasks (such as jury duty, checkbook balancing, or typing, as I am now) like a pretty glimpse of flowers on your wrist and the festive rustle of ribbon bows (below). Three is a bit excessive, I know, but I do it for the cause (test-running some orphans after the market, below). In all but the most extremely boring situation, just one will do the trick.
July 14, 2010
Even after three weeks back in California I am still readjusting to some local botanical wonders which I previously took for granted, such as rosemary or jade plant hedges, neglected oleanders flourishing along highways, pruned manzanita branches laying in piles to be chipped into mulch, and extensive use of lavender in all sorts of landscaping applications.
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July 12, 2010
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