0ne of my favorite things about summer is our backyard.  It is a true haven in the middle of the city.  I can sit in the back and watch the dogs play, the grandchildren swim in the kiddie pool, listen to the sounds of the waterfall, and watch the fish devour their food getting ready for their 7 month fast.  (Fish can only eat for about 5 months.  Once the water temperature reaches 55 degrees or below they are no longer able to digest their food.)  I love to see the beautiful flowers and birds, dragonflies, butterflies, and other creatures that come into our yard.

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This is a beautiful and delicate yellow water lily.


The Koi fish eating before the winter’s fast, 4 leaf clovers, water lettuce, water hyacinth, and colorful water lilies.


Kaylin feeding the fish and she often drops pellets on the grass so the dogs enjoy eating the fish food as well.

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A beautiful purple water iris.


Jefferson and David trying to get cool under some quaking Aspens.  Note, they actually get along on very rare occasions.  Jefferson is a “big bully,” and David thinks she is as big as him.

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              White water lilies in bud form, just opening, and one almost in its full glory.


              David has learned to be a water dog.  She will wade in the pond so she can get the fish food before the Koi do.  What is up with that?  You would think that she is the one that has to fast for 7 months. LOL!
            A magical garden fairy that can grant wishes. Really?
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This beautiful homemade coconut cake was made by my friend, Jean Hill when we hosted Rook on July 30th. We had a barbeque in the back yard and we served tri-tip steak.  It was a great night to reconnect with our friends and enjoy delicious food.
A citronella candle to keep those “pesky pests” away.
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The decor for “Rook” was red, white, and blue.  I had fun finding red, white, and blue, candies for a candy bar.  At the end of the evening each couple got to choose the candy they wanted and took home a goody bag full of confectionaries.
Some of the candy that I found was cherry flavored gourmet gumballs, blue raspberry gumballs, and strawberry shortcake gumballs.  Cherry licorice and blue raspberry licorice.  Cherry slices, and red white and blue gummy rings. Blue raspberry salt water taffy and gourmet jellie bellies, blue raspberry, cherry, and coconut
I love our yard and always have fond memories of the beauty of nature and the times when we can sit back and  enjoy the “ordinary miracles” that aren’t so ordinary right in our own little domain.

“Nature” is what we see — by Emily Dickinson
“Nature” is what we see —
The Hill — the Afternoon —
Squirrel — Eclipse — the Bumble bee —
Nay — Nature is Heaven —
Nature is what we hear —
The Bobolink — the Sea —
Thunder — the Cricket —
Nay — Nature is Harmony —
Nature is what we know —
Yet have no art to say —
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.

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