Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hope Springs Eternal

Earth is waking up from a long winter's nap.  Pussy willows stretch and yawn and push out their soft-as-kitten-fur buds.

Rise and shine, English daisies!

Even the lowly skunk cabbage is all aglow and a sight for sore eyes.  Wish I looked that good in the morning!

Is your spring still sound asleep, or are you starting to see signs?

"The promise of spring's arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter!"  ~  Jen Selinsky

Have a happy day!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Oregon Coast Day Trip

Oh, happy day, we finally got out for a day trip in our new and improved motor home!  We drove down our beautiful Oregon coast and returned after dark, so it was a full day.  And it was fabulous!

First stop was the New River Nature Center south of Bandon.  We had a picnic lunch and walked the nature trail.  Dogs must be on leash and you can't stray from the path, so it's not our favorite kind of walk, but good exercise on a beautiful day.  Stopped here for a picture of Rich and the kids:

Pictured below is our new escape pod.  At first glance it probably looks the same as our previous motor home, but there's a world of difference in the quality and features and interior design.  After our walk we hopped back in the pod and headed further down the coast.

Classic Oregon Coast.  I've seen these views countless times, but I never forget to appreciate them.

Further south we stopped at a familiar place called Arizona Beach.  We couldn't get out to the waves because the swollen Myrtle Creek intersected the land mass.  Nevertheless, we had a nice beach to play on and the creek was a perfect place for Wally and LuLu to swim.

See the sand bank beyond Wally in the photo below.  It indicates how much water had been in the creek recently.

There was plenty of wide open grassy area, too.  However, we had to stay far afield of this guy:

This stretch of the Oregon coast is open range so it's not unusual to see cattle and sheep along the road, but I've never had to deal with a beach bull before.

Next is Rich and the kids again.  He had to hold them back so I could take this picture.  Do those look like happy dogs ready to run and play?  You bet they are!

We stayed here till dusk and then had a nice drive home.  It was just enough to remind me how much I enjoy a road trip.  Spring is on its way!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

So Much Prettier When it Snows

Monday and Tuesday mornings we woke up to find it snowing.  First thing, I took this photo through my craft room window:

When the snowfall stopped, I headed outside.

Just a few things that caught my eye...

It wasn't a lot of snow and it melted off by the afternoon each day, but pretty while it lasted.  As I write this it sounds like there's a possibility we could get snow again.  North of us they're hunkering down for a severe winter cold front.  Amazing the difference a few miles makes.

Hope you're staying safe and comfortable wherever you are.  Enjoy your day!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Just Checking In

It's been a while.  Typical me with too many projects and plans, but then something always falls by the wayside.  Well, before I let things go too far I thought I'd pop in for a Saturday "hello" here on Goldens and Garden.

It's winter, so there's only so much we can do outside between rain showers.  Below is a December 2018 morning as seen from my kitchen doorway.

Next:  Wally thinks biggest is best.

In an otherwise bleak landscape these Pampas Grass plumes, though nearly spent, show silvery beauty against a welcome blue sky.

I'll be off and running again like LuLu, below.  Something about the new year and having Christmas behind me...

We need to plan a trip, even if just overnight down the coast.  Why are hair, doctor, and car appointments always on sunny days?  Wet dogs in an RV aren't such a good thing.  For the time being I've got plenty to keep me occupied indoors, and we'll get out when we can.  Is there any such thing as "nothing to do"?  Have a happy day!


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Garden and Nature

Surprise!  I have some flower photos today.  You like flowers, don't you?  I was looking through some pics and found a few I'd never shared, so let's just step back into the warmer months for a few moments.

The first is Foxglove and Lace Cap Hydrangea.  All the Foxgloves currently in my garden were transplanted from the wild, and they've cross pollinated between deep pink and white to produce some lovely, delicate shades.

The pretty pink Columbine pictured below came from the self-sown seeds of a blue hybrid.

Nature does a fine job on her own with no help from me.  The next few photos were taken on a June day in our local Great Outdoors.  First we have fluffy grass seed heads and a lone dandelion.

Blackberry blooms next.  Love those polka dot leaves.

Wild Sweet Peas:

My Sweet Pea in the Sweet Peas (LuLu):

I need to get out there and look for the beauty in our current season.  I've been preoccupied with holiday card making and a few other things.  It's time to breathe in, breathe out.  Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Right at Home

Hello there!  I have a few photos from home today.  We haven't gone on any big adventures since September, but I'm enjoying myself just staying close by.  It's garden clean up time, so when the weather permits I cut back a little more and a little more.  The hydrangeas didn't bloom well this year, and the few I did get came late in the season, but, as always, fall has turned them into a kaleidoscope.

This first one looks like someone splashed paint all over it.

Another bloom from the same bush, drained of color, but interesting.

From another bush we have a pretty blue...

... and at the same time, same bush we have purple:

The next photo shows the one and only bloom on the bush outside my kitchen door.  Sadly, I believe that bush needs to be removed, but you really have to appreciate its last valiant effort.

Geraniums make good cut flowers, especially when you put them in the refrigerator or on the back porch overnight.  These are the last of my orange blooms.  I cut it back and it's trying to make more, but I'm hoping it will rest before next spring.

Speaking of right at home...

This doe is a little too relaxed at the edge of the garden.  She's beautiful and I bear her no ill will, but I'd like her to move off and let Wally and LuLu have their yard back.  No such luck... she returned later with her whole family.

That's all this week from the Miller residence.  Wishing you a beautiful day!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Into the Woods

While we're all enjoying the turning leaves of the beautiful fall season, the color in this pine forest is timeless.  The ground turns from snowy white in the winter to lush green in spring to golden brown in late summer and fall, but the rusty red of the tree bark remains the same.  Location:  Ochoco National Forest in central Oregon.

Next photo below... Is that not the most interesting bark with pretty texture and color?  Gee, I just realized it reminds me of a chocolate crackle cookie...


Wait, what??  The picture above is a Cottonwood in the South Fork RV Park in Dayville, Oregon.  No tree was harmed in the making of this smile.  Sometimes Nature and Mankind get along beautifully.

Take care, and have a happy day!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Morning After an Autumn Rain

Standing at my kitchen doorway earlier this week, looking out at the morning... the little knobby-topped mushroom in the succulent pot caught my eye.  Look closely and you'll see all the tiny babies popping up around it.

In the garden beyond, a web draping heavily with overnight rain-jewels:

Two leaves, embracing, caught mid-tumble in another bejeweled web:

The Willow Leaf Maple, while colorful all summer, blazes most brilliantly as it prepares for winter:

Another stop at the succulent pot before I head back indoors.  The camera caught what my eyes did not notice -- droplets falling from the bud to the leaves below.

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own...
  ~ Charles Dickens