My One Hour Adventure

By: Proserpina , 11:34 PM GMT on August 17, 2014

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The following 'story' was written for a group overseas. I decided to share it here as well.

MY ONE HOUR ADVENTURE

My Remote Shootaboot outing which took place on the 10th of August took me to the Green Springs Gardens. I often go to this garden with friends but this time I invited my hubby who accepted. Once we got there he told me that I had an hour at the garden, that’s it! I believe that I took almost 500 photos in less than one hour! Of course I have discarded most of them due to the poor composition and focus!



The Brick House bought in 1777

Green Springs Garden is a Fairfax County Park dedicated to the preservation of the areas’ horticultural, historical and natural resources. Originally the Park was a tobacco farm which in 1777 was bought by a John Moss. He reclaimed the tobacco fields and cultivated corn, wheat, oats and rye. He also had cattle and pigs. In 1843 his grandson sold the farm to a Fountain Beattie, a soldier in the Civil War. This gentleman raised 12 children, cattle, fruit, and vegetables. In 1942 the farm was once again sold to Michael Straight and his wife, neither of whom was a farmer. In fact Mr. Straight was an editor and publisher who frequently entertained interesting guests at his house. Two of his famous guests were Aldous Huxley and Hubert Humphrey (a Vice President of the USA).

During the 30 years of living on this estate, the Straights had many gardens built, designed by the architect Beatrix Farrand. In 1970 the farm and the house were deeded to the Fairfax County Park Authority who created the Green Springs Garden. Since then the land has been developed into a horticultural park, and a Horticulture Center has been built. The center has classroom space, a research library, a greenhouse, and an educational display room (for example art exhibits are held here). There are also over 20 theme gardens which feature plants that may be grown in Northern Virginia. The renovated historic house on the premises is used for a variety of programs and activities including garden themed English teas. I have attended many formal tea functions at this historic house.



Horticultural Center Entrance



A section of the Horticultural Center

As you know our history is very young and we are developing points of historical interest here and there. We lack the feel of beautiful antiquity as Europe does but we are proud of the fabric of our short history.





People of all ages come to the garden to take a walk, sit on a bench to read or to just think about life, to enjoy nature, ponds, walk their dog, ... There are many spots created just for children, such as the butterfly garden and the giant Sunflowers. Photographers and painters use the garden as their studio. Brides come here to be photographed, brides to be get married here in the gazebo!





Tea and flowers, lots and lots of flowers, are the two reasons that I enjoy this park.

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And when the visit is completed, what does one do? Why, take a nap of course!





No nap for me as there is one last photo to take before we leave at the 'requested' time!

'Only the light moves' (Proserpina)
“We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.” ― Leonora Carrington
'Only the light moves'
Harvesting (Proserpina)
“The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.” Marcus Tullius Cicero
Harvesting

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56. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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55. sandiquiz
3:21 PM GMT on September 08, 2014
Oh, our 'darling pets!

I am so glad Mimi eventually did as she was expected, but she is still very young, and all will come in time...she is SO much better than she was three months ago, and that is what you have to hang onto.

Mad Max started a new game abut three weeks ago. He will insist on jumping onto the TV table and sitting in front of the TV. He obliterates half the screen, so we shout at him to get down, and he will, but only if he sees one of us begin to get out of our chair. He is happy to stay put on the floor for about ten minutes and then he is up again! So now I have begun to fasten him in the conservatory every time he does it, so he can't get up and spoil our view!

Will he learn....? Only time will tell!! lol

Hope the confrontation goes well...BE STRONG!!
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54. WeatherWise
2:55 PM GMT on September 08, 2014
Sounds like you and Mimi had quite a workout and a bit of a scare for you! Glad she came inside. Puppy school is not quite so easy, is it?

Have a great day! IT is VERY rainy here today! Heavy and just keeps on coming! Guess no chance at seeing the full moon. I can always hope for a break in weather. Moon is to rise at 7:15 pm. Wish me luck!
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53. Proserpina
2:30 PM GMT on September 08, 2014
Good morning! Yes, I got my sleep! Dogs only barked for a half hour or so around 8pm. Message for this particular episode has been received! BUT when the lady gets back, I need to say something about future acceptable behavior! It won't be easy but must be done. Yesterday was truly a horrible experience, especially when in the afternoon I kept having little blackouts. It seemed that the brain kept shutting down for a nanosecond or two!

Hubby and son went to a Nats game yesterday, good grief these baseball games can go on and on and on! My men enjoyed every minute (hour) of it! Thank goodness that I chose not to go, my lack of sleep and sheer boredom would have sent me to the hospital! The good part is that our Nats won. Yes, I like our Nats I just do not like to sit for hours and see slooooooooow action for hours.

Mimi, I and hubby went to class on Saturday. Mimi was a model student! So yesterday I decided to take the leash off while on the front lawn (mostly fenced in except for the driveway) so that we could play with her favorite ball. She did beautifully until I noticed that her circles kept getting wider and wider when toward the driveway. I decided it was time to rain her in and to put the leash back on. I called out the commands from the Saturday class, "Mimi come', 'Mimi sit', 'Mimi stay',... all of them backed by the ubiquitous treat. Mimi refused to obey any of the commands, treat or no treat! She started running wildly at 200 miles per hour and made for the driveway. I crouched as taught to make her come but NO! I ran to the front door but no Mimi following! I screamed, she stopped for a second, I ran inside the house, she followed. I put myself in time out for being so stupid to think that it was safe to take off her leash! Mimi is NOT one dog to trust! Not for one second! Oh the dramas in my life!

Good morning Sandi, a new week, a new experience. One never knows what new challenges we meet from one day to another! Lullaby? Extreme cacophony perhaps! What are you plans? Any photoshoots planned?

Good morning WW, so you have a dog situation too! Glad that at least it is up the block. People are so thoughtless and so uncaring! What happened to the sense of civic duty? Love thy neighbor" Common decency?

Ylee, hubby finally admitted that at one point even he could not sleep either! And I think that the next time he may be amenable to the suggestion of calling the police or the animal control. You are right though, there are times when I should listen to my own judgement rather than caving in to hubby's expectations. We have played the role of good cop bad cop for much too long and I need to light a fire under his feet more often! By the way, I am always the bad cop! Well, this is much too much info!

May your day be a great one and may your dogs wag their tails and not bark!

I so do need a new blog! Maybe I will just put up photos without any stories, info, poetry, etc. How does daily time go by without me doing anything of value?
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52. sandiquiz
2:01 PM GMT on September 08, 2014
It's Monday and the beginning of a new week...hope you managed your beauty sleep last night without the 'lullaby' from next door!
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51. WeatherWise
5:58 PM GMT on September 07, 2014
Sorry about the barking dogs. I have a feeling they disturbed more than just you. There are a lot of dogs a block over all the way at the end of that street so a long ways from me. However when they have their loud barking times - it sounds like they are right here but are all the way at the end of the next block over. Sounds like one of those .Lose, LOSE situations that will never be resolved. Kind of like the situation a block over - We all feel so sorry for the folks that live right by them. It doesn't appear that these are pets that they actually take inside and love - just penned up in the back yard constantly barking to the very top of their lungs day and night. Perhaps they are hunting dogs, I am not sure as they look like all different sizes and shapes.
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50. Ylee
3:06 PM GMT on September 07, 2014
Anyone who has someone so irresponsible to the point that they can't make it in at midnight is also irresponsible, and is not a good neighbor, IMO. This is not the first time it's happened, right?

The next time it happens, call the cops, and tell your husband to stuff it! It's not your fault you can't sleep like the dead, as he does!
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49. Proserpina
2:56 PM GMT on September 07, 2014
Good morning Sandi. That's the plan I discussed with my husband early this morning. I DO PLAN to tell her exactly what you said. And, I did send her an email this morning describing the whole 'incident' and what it has done to my health! This abuse of civic laws, our personal well-being, and good neighborly relationship has to stop! SHE would not allow it and it is time that I put my foot down! My husband is the good guy and won't say anything! The story of 51 years of marriage, good and bad guy, I am the bad guy! So be it. Thank you Sandi.
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48. sandiquiz
2:21 PM GMT on September 07, 2014
Oh, your barking dogs!

Surely there is some other agency you could call, other than the police. We have Dog Wardens here, who deal with issues like that. If she can't organise a suitable, and responsible, dog sitter, she shouldn't keep going away.

My suggestion would be to say to her that you have been patient long enough, and if they are left to bark, out in the garden again after the 10pm curfew, whether she is a nice neighbour or not... tell her you WILL call the police!!

Hope you manage some sleep this afternoon. :)
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47. Proserpina
1:37 PM GMT on September 07, 2014
I posted the following comment on Ylee's blog, aroung 2:30am:
47. Proserpina
6:50 AM GMT on September 07, 2014
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Hi Ylee! It is 2:25am and I still have not been able to fall asleep. All is well with me but the dogs next door have been barking since 6:00pm last night! The owner is away and left R in charge of her dogs, apparently R is having an evening out and I am having a sleepless night. My husband won't let me call the police! What shall I do, commit dogcide, or husbandcide! Or wait until neighbor returns from her vacation and commit neighborcide? Or get some spine and stand up to dogs, neighbor, husband,.... The dogs have water and food, they are just lonely and I am desperate. Otherwise the world is just fine. Love the cams, Tokyo sure is a crowded place in that spot! Glad the cam doggies are back! I'm off to see who is awake on facebook!

I posted the following on FB as a response to a bunch of comments in regard to my post at 2:30am: "Good morning. The adult dogs (not puppies) barked from the time the storm went through last night, between 5-6, until 3:30 this morning! The owner is out of town and the person who was supposed to take care of the dogs (put them in after 10pm, the legal hour for peace and quiet) did not show up. I had been sent an email by the dog owner saying that the dogsitter would not be here until midnight, and I was prepared for that (trying to be a good neighbor, blah blah blah) but it seems that the dogsitter was enjoy herself somewhere and could not tear herself away from whatever..... Soon after I posted here, I tried sleeping in a room away from the dogs but I could hear them, I tried ear plugs but I could still hear them. I then hid in a windowless bathroom and closed the door. Sometime between 3 and 3:30am I heard some muffled activity outside and the barking ceased, I have no idea what happened. Perhaps a neighbor came over and made the dogs go into the house through the dog door and then barred that exit from outside. I do not know. I do know that they are safe as I heard them again around 7:30 this morning. I composed an email to the owner but did not send it and my husband would not let me call the police. I do think that having the beagles bark from around 5pm to after 3am the next morning, nonstop, is dog abuse. I will talk the neighbor as I have not before. Yes, she is problematic, she is a lawyer who wants every shred of her rights and gives none to others! She is also a nice person and for the most part a good neighbor. But this abuse of me and my husband (and it is abuse of our kindness) has to stop. And how much sleep did I get? NONE, I was too upset to fall asleep even after the barking marathon ended! Hubby is going to a Nats game today and hopefully I will be able to get a nap while the house is nice and quiet. My Mimi is an Angel! She did not respond to the barking by joining the Beagles! If you read all of this, YOU are the angel!"
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46. Proserpina
7:07 PM GMT on September 06, 2014
  • Hello. So WU says that it is 90-94 degrees here and it feels like 108. I am pretty sure that we have gone beyond the 94 degrees expected in my area, and it DOES feel 108 or more degrees. The humidity is horrendous, the allergies are killing my sinuses, and breathing is at a premium!

Ylee, Mimi is always a model student while in class, she knows that if she obeys she will get a treat! Once we get home, Mimi has a mind of her own and may or may not follow the commands. However, last night she slept with her head on my shoulder! How can I not love the little naughty girl? I sure hope that the temps have been better in your area, here it has been horrible!
Oh, naked ladies! How many do you have at home? Are they of the human or flora kind? Ok, bad joke! LOL
Thank you so much for posting the Verona cam, I do watch it from time to time. And I do enjoy seeing people stroll around, rush by,.....

Hi Barefoot, it has been rather calm in Oklahoma this year, at least I have not seen anything scary for your area in the news. And that's a good thing of course.

Calpoppy, I totally enjoyed your coyotes, dogs, and drunks stories. I enjoyed them so much that I am reposting them here!

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19. calpoppy
1:54 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
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The only canines that bark around here at night are the Coyotes, LOL! Though at times we let our dogs out at night for a short time to bark back at the Coyotes! Other then that people here are far and few between so some very quiet nights.

About once a year we get some drunk/drugged out people out for a joy ride in the middle of the night, they make a lot of noise for awhile. I guess going out in the desert in the middle of nowhere when you are totally messed up seems like fun for them at the time???? We just had one Saturday night, they were shooting guns also. Our neighbor up the way called the Sheriff and they said they would send a car out but they didn't. She called to complain and they said they had a car up there, but they did not. They try to placate us out here in the boonies, they don't want to come out here at night, LOL! But for the most part it is quiet and peaceful :)


Sandi, all best plans are subject to the vagaries of nature! Did you finally get a chance for a clear sky? As you know, I posted nothing but clouds and that's because we have had nothing but cloudy skies and stormy weather.

WW, I already answered your question (above). The kind of weather we have today in my area used to bring on those horrible traditional migraines, thank God that I have not had any of that ilk in the last several years! By the way, is it hot your way as well? I would assume so.
Thank you so much for the beautiful Canna Lily and the sentiment, much appreciated.

BC, did you go tho the Naked Lady info I pointed out above? I had no idea that Amaryllis are in the same family! I love your photo and I thank you for posting it here!

Hi Ozgala, how are you? Is it very cold your way this year? Is your winter and my summer balancing each other out? Thank you for stopping by and for the Sept. wishes.

Hi WatchingTheSky, and thank you.

GG, hi and thank you for the September wishes.

TS, I really took my good old time in answering the posts, including yours. So sorry. It seems that I spend my time at the docs offices, spend too much time tending to Mimi, and whatever else needs to be done. Did you get the limes and did you make the peaches recipe? It does sound good! I hope that you are well and writing up a storm. My apologies to you, BC, and Ylee for not reading your recent and wonderful writings.

Once again, I hope that I did not miss writing a little blurb to all of you who have been kind enough to post here and keep my blog alive! But if I missed anyone, I apologize for the unplanned error!

STAY WELL, STAY SAFE, ENJOY LIFE!
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45. Proserpina
6:59 PM GMT on September 06, 2014

Fairfax Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Statement as of 2:43 PM EDT on September 06, 2014

Severe Thunderstorm Watch 498 remains in effect until 900 PM EDT

VA . Virginia counties included are

Arlington Fairfax Loudoun Prince William

Virginia independent cities included are

Alexandria Fairfax Falls church Manassas
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44. Ylee
11:35 AM GMT on September 06, 2014
Good luck with Mimi today!
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43. Proserpina
2:25 AM GMT on September 06, 2014
WW, I love your funky font! I did post that I had a silent migraine and BC in commiserating with me, pointed out that she get migraines as well but she did not have one when writing. I also told BC that I used to suffer from the pain kind of migraines but that a few years back the pain kind turned into the silent kind. Hopefully I answered the question in a manner that makes sense!

I'll catch up with you and everyone else tomorrow, hopefully. Mimi does have a class tomorrow but other than that I should be able to play on the blogs.
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42. WeatherWise
10:55 PM GMT on September 05, 2014
Putting this in funky font so perhaps someone will answer my migraine question.



Is everyone out on a remote photo shoot for this week's art search - did I read artwork out in the open or something like that - 4 wks worth? I need to slip over to ya'lls secret place and find out what's going on as I do not always get the whole story by reading bits and pieces between the blogs. The blogs are mighty quiet today. I made it my mission to bring all of those at the bottom of the barrel up to the tiptop! Now how about that? HOpe everyone is having a lovely day! I know someone is having a migraine but can't figure out who! Hopefully by now it is SO much better! Hope it is not you Pros!

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41. Ylee
10:57 AM GMT on September 04, 2014
We have naked ladies at home too; never knew them by any other name! :' )

Take care!
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40. sandiquiz
5:31 AM GMT on September 04, 2014
Hello:-)

I wanted to awaken early to go down to the lake to watch the sun rise.....I need a 'sky' shot. So I set my alarm for 5:30, but here I am, at 6:30, still in bed. Why? Well, it is thick fog out there!!!

No sunrise photo today! :-(
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39. WeatherWise
3:11 AM GMT on September 04, 2014
Okay, spell it out for me. I am trying to read between the lines and figure out who has the migraine.- Pros? or Briar? Feel better soon.
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38. Proserpina
11:37 PM GMT on September 03, 2014
Here you go BC Link

I had no idea that the Naked Lady is in the Amaryllis/Belladonna family!

This is a quick visit but I do want to say that I sympathize with you and the pain kind of migraines, I hope yours are not as bad as mine used to be. I actually had to be taken off a cruise ship many years ago, and brought to a Hospital in Florida. That experience is forever etched in my memories and that pain is still much too hard to remember!

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37. BriarCraft
10:30 PM GMT on September 03, 2014
Here is a Naked Lady fresh from the shower...



I have googled Naked Lady Lily, but haven't been able to find anything. I got a few bulbs from my mother, who got a start from her mother, so I don't know the origins. Or maybe they are called something else now, to be politically correct. That's okay. I will continue to call them Naked Ladies because all their foliage comes up in spring and then dies back over summer. In late summer, the bulbs send up naked flower stalks 2 feet tall and there are these beautiful pink blooms.

I hope you have had no more trouble with mean canines and mean neighbors.

I would be frightened by a silent migraine -- at least my first one -- as my eyes are my most valued sense. You make me appreciate that I still have the "noisy" migraines, which I can feel always start behind my right eye. I suppose if they ever go silent, it will be my right eye's vision that will be affected.

Well, either WU or my internet connection is misbehaving as it pauses in the middle of typing for 10-15 seconds before it will allow me to continue. Guess that means break time is over.
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36. ozgalah
10:49 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
Hi Pros, I'm even later than Sandi, thanks for the white rabbits! I got round some blogs then couldn't get back on the computer as my H was working from home, then show training class for Geddy and last night puppy class for Clancy!!! Hope to have a bit more time next week to visit everyone!
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35. WatchinTheSky
6:20 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
True enough, Pros. Happy memories!
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34. WeatherWise
3:04 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
Thoughts of you today! A pretty canna lily to cheer you on.


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33. Proserpina
2:02 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
In loving memory of my nephew Chris who passed away three years ago today. RIP Chris.

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
― L.M. Montgomery
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32. sandiquiz
1:41 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
Your blog reads like mine... "Yes, I am here, yes I am OK, will post later, or as soon as I am able!" lol

Thanks for the White Rabbits greeting... let me wish you a very happy, healthy, and safe month of September... belatedly!
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31. GardenGrrl
9:47 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits, Happy September!
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30. WeatherWise
3:15 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
Hi Pros

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29. WatchinTheSky
3:14 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
White Rabbits times three, Pros! Hope you have a good September :-)
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28. Proserpina
6:16 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
Hello, I am ok and will post soon (I hope). Take care everyone.
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27. Thoughtsteader
5:14 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
Happy Saturday for you, I hope. And thanks so much for the picture of the canna. I still can't get over those lime seed pods. They're beautiful.

It did remind me that I wanted to get some limes at the grocery today. I read on a site I enjoy (The Homesick Texan -- recipes) that one of her favorites is fresh peaches topped with whipped cream that's been flavored with ginger and lime. Doesn't that sound good? I'm still awash in peaches, so I think I'll give it a try.
I've made up several batches of peach cobbler filling and frozen them, so I only need add the topping when a batch is thawed. That cuts the prep time down to about ten minutes, apart from thawing and baking. Can't beat that!

We're predicted to get rain today, and I hope we do. I did get to the farmers' market and grocery this morning, although I missed the post office. I still have an errand or two, and then it can rain all it wants.

I'm sorry to hear you've been having migraine troubles. I didn't know about the different sorts, but I'm glad you seem to be pain free. I hope your eyes are better, too. I'm still waiting to get in for a new contact lens fitting. September 22 can't come soon enough for me!
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26. Ylee
4:29 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
Live streaming cam from Verona!

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25. Ylee
4:08 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
Looks like it's still nice there! We are still hot and humid; we may get a break after tomorrow's forcasted storms, but I'm not holding my breath!

Love your new avatar photo!
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24. Barefootontherocks
3:07 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Beautiful Crape Myrtle in the garden photo.
Vibrant flowers pics, and what great contrast of mood, a yawning person. lpl

Thanks for the tour and the photos of your one hour adventure!
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23. WeatherWise
2:30 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
It's a beautiful day in southern VA today and I hope it is the same for you in northern VA. I am embarrassed to say I spent it sleeping in. I'll blame it on being up until the wee hours. I never sleep in but slept until 8:45 this am. Perhaps I finally got in a comfortable position with the arm/shoulder not in pain. I even awakened with no pain. I could see the sunlight coming through but still figured between 7 and 8. I just am not a daytime sleeper so was quite surprised. I am still enjoying a leisure morn - even made homemade biscuits to go with the fresh country sausage I had bought at the farmers market. Looks like I am going to be 11 am or so getting out for my morning walk - more like a midday walk. However, it is a beautiful morn so should be pleasant. Hope you have a beautiful day. Leaving you a bit of monkey grass that is in bloom now in my area.

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22. WeatherWise
12:02 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
Geraniums are so beautiful. I spotted this one on a neighbor's porch yesterday. Actually she had two. The other one was much fuller with more blossoms. It is always weird - same flower, same soil, same pot but yet one does so much better than the other.

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Have a beautiful day!
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21. sandiquiz
6:19 AM GMT on August 26, 2014
Quoting 20. WeatherWise:

Okay, Flower Lady! Need your help! I found this pretty red flower, today. It looks like a nasturtium but is not a nasturtium. The center is not right, nor is the greenery. What do you think?




Hi Shirley, it is an impatien, I have a big pot of them by my front door. They grow profusely all summer until the first frosts. :-)

Pros - yes, we do have the law about barking dogs, but also have a law about anyone, or anything, making a noise in a residential area after 11:30. The police can be called to loud parties, or barking dogs, but the best people to call for barking dogs is the RSPCA, Royal ?Society for the Cruelty to Dogs (and Cats) .....they have power to take nuisance dogs away.

My neighbours at least take the dogs in overnight. But there is a house at the end of the culdesac that have three dogs who bark at anyone going by, day or night! At least in the house I can't hear them, but when they begin they sound like 'Hounds of the Baskerville'!!
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20. WeatherWise
2:57 AM GMT on August 26, 2014
Okay, Flower Lady! Need your help! I found this pretty red flower, today. It looks like a nasturtium but is not a nasturtium. The center is not right, nor is the greenery. What do you think?


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19. calpoppy
1:54 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
The only canines that bark around here at night are the Coyotes, LOL! Though at times we let our dogs out at night for a short time to bark back at the Coyotes! Other then that people here are far and few between so some very quiet nights.

About once a year we get some drunk/drugged out people out for a joy ride in the middle of the night, they make a lot of noise for awhile. I guess going out in the desert in the middle of nowhere when you are totally messed up seems like fun for them at the time???? We just had one Saturday night, they were shooting guns also. Our neighbor up the way called the Sheriff and they said they would send a car out but they didn't. She called to complain and they said they had a car up there, but they did not. They try to placate us out here in the boonies, they don't want to come out here at night, LOL! But for the most part it is quiet and peaceful :)
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18. Proserpina
12:45 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
Good morning.
Today we have a lovely sunny day. So far it is nice and cool, a great morn for walking.
Ylee, Sandi, GG, WTS, WW, and 'likes', thank you for coming by. Your visits are always welcome.

Ylee, the migraine went away after a few hours. The good part about silent migraines is that there is little or no pain, it is the loss of sight within the areas of auras that is scary. The bigger the aura (I call them twirling lights) the bigger the loss of vision. I suffered from the painful and nasty migraines for many years, that's a story unto itself! A few years back they disappeared and in their place the silent migraine appeared. Then the silent migraines disappeared but this past week they reminded me that they are around still. Anyways, thank you for your concern but I am just fine.
I wish that I could send you a little of today's weather.

Sandi, so now you have stereo barking! The next door Beagles barked non-stop Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. I was convinced that the poor doggies did not have food so yesterday afternoon I took pity on them and gave them food which they gobbled up. But the barking did not cease. By 9:45 last night I was very concerned that the dogs were in trouble or that something had happened to the neighbor, etc etc. I decided to call my neighbor's cell phone and inquire if everything was ok. I did not get an answer but soon after the neighbor called (phone ids are great!). She was in the Carolinas! She had left a person in charge of taking care of the dogs.... A few minutes after we hung up the 'person' rushed up the driveway and took care of the dogs! No more barking until a few minutes ago. I know that my neighbor called the dog caregiver who rushed next door to take care of the lonely and probably hungry doggies. I hope that when the neighbor gets back and I explain that I was genuinely concerned for the dogs and not complaining, she believes me. One way or the other, I know why I called and I achieved my goal, the dogs are ok and so is she!
Sandi, is there a law in your area about dog noises that must stop between certain hours? There is one here but there are people who do not heed it until a neighbor calls up the animal control people. And even then some people do not give a darn about the barking laws! Have you talked with your neighbors? If so what is their response?
I am so 'happy'! I recently joined a flower group that has a weekly theme. This week's is Geraniums and last night I posted the photo on Flicker with the red and white geraniums. It became an Administration Fave! Nice surprise this morning.

GG, as you passed through the garden did you enjoy the tons of Morning Glories?

WW, those are lovely fungi! Glad that the fairies miss me when I am not around or is it the other way around? With all of the rain we have had in our area, the fungi are sprouting all over the place. Some are really pretty! But do not eat please! Just photograph and share the visual joy!

WTS, yes I got almost 500 photos in less than an hour, 496 to be exact! But only a fraction of the taken photos are still in my picture folders, most have been deleted as they were not very good. I am enjoying your photos on our Challenged group!

HAPPY MONDAY ONE AND ALL!
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17. Ylee
2:43 AM GMT on August 25, 2014
Pros, I hope your migrane has gone away! I, too, am looking forward to fall, with lower temperatures and humidity!

Take care!
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16. sandiquiz
1:48 PM GMT on August 24, 2014
I saw your comment in Bug's blog on the barking dogs, and felt for you, as the neighbours next to me have got a new dog, which has made the old dog bark... so now we have two of them barking when they are out in the garden!

When I first came over to leave a comment I saw yours on the earthquake, so wandered off to investigate!

I saw that the Bardarbunga in Iceland has begun to erupt (I have been reading reports of it all week... .... it had a 5.1 quake last night and they say steam is beginning to show on top of the glacier! Oh, NO!!
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15. Proserpina
12:14 PM GMT on August 24, 2014
6.1 earthquake in the Bay Area. Hopefully there are no casualties.
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14. GardenGrrl
10:09 AM GMT on August 24, 2014
Hi Prose, just passing through the garden.
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13. WatchinTheSky
3:58 AM GMT on August 24, 2014
You got some great photos, 500 in an hour? That is amazing.
Glad your beebalm is getting a little hummer action!
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12. Ylee
11:23 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
If Raindad ever asks you to go to the golf course with him, tell him yes, but only for an hour! :' )

That's a nice garden!
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11. WeatherWise
10:07 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
Hope your eyes feel better again, soon. Take care. You would hate for the fairies to come and you miss seeing them.


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9. Proserpina
1:29 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
TS et al, here is the Canna flower that gives 'birth' to the lime seedpods! Both beautiful, I think.

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8. Proserpina
1:01 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
From previous blog: Hi WW, Bug, Ylee, Aqua.

Bug and GG, I have researched the info needed as to codes and expectations in Fairfax County. There are rules about keeping dogs on leashes when not in fenced in areas. As to the penalties, one has to prove that harm was done! I am pretty sure that they are saying that they will not take the dog away until he mauls someone.... As to fines, they are so small that it would not make a difference in people's attitude. However, I did start keeping a log almost immediately and I do have some 'infractious' activities by dog and masters. (Is infractious a word? Too lazy to look it up) I do appreciate all of the comments and suggestions and I do take them all into consideration, you are all helpful and I thank you.

Alley, TS, Aqua, BC, so good to see you. My blog was feeling lonely without your visits!

Alley, so good to see you visit WU and my blog! You are always in my thoughts and as you know, I keep up with you on the other place... but I really enjoy seeing you on Wu, like old times.

TS, you are right about the trees, they are Crepe Myrtle. They have been in bloom for a while in my area but they are also still going strong. My own bush-tree is starting to bloom just now. They are the beautiful colors of August in my area. The lime sherbert balls or mints, are the seed pods of the canna plants! On our way out of the park I saw some beautiful Cannas which I photographed, as I kept snapping away I noticed the beautiful pods. They were on a Canna plant along with unspent flowers! I had never seen anything like this and my heart sang as the camera clicked. On flicker someone saw my photos of a Canna and the pods, as a result I was invited to join the group she heads on flicker! I did join that group as really is for people who love flowers and weekly challenges as I do (photo challenges).

Aqua, there were tons of sunflower varieties at the garden from tiny ones to super sized ones. Some were taller than buildings on the premise, and their flowers were HUGE! I was like Alice in sunflower wonderland! I love the flowers that you and Rain have in your yard, interesting and beautiful varieties. How is your veggie garden coming along? Photos are welcome at any time!

BC, I enjoy the extra interaction we have on flickr! As TS said, they are Crepe Myrtle. The flower racemes are really beautiful! They remind me of little grapes that burst into glorious flowers. I agree, a few minutes surrounded by beauty can do a lot for one's mental and physical well being! I just wish that I would make myself take more of these 'minutes'! I do have areas in my garden that I consider my reflecting areas and I do visit them often.

My eyes are acting up again and at the my hubby's orders, I will stay off the computer with periodic peeking in. I did see the doc last week but my eyes were doing better last week, they really have a perverse sense of humor! HAPPY WEDNESDAY ONE AND ALL!
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7. Alleyoops
4:17 AM GMT on August 20, 2014
Beautiful array of flowers captured by a true nature lover. You go girl. You are my hero.
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6. Thoughtsteader
2:53 AM GMT on August 20, 2014
Quoting BriarCraft:


I love those two vibrantly pink trees and the garden between them. Do you think those might be crepe myrtle?


Yes, ma'am, they do appear to be crepe myrtle. Ours are fading now, but what a year they had: fuschia, pink, lavender, white. If we can't have lilacs, crepe myrtle will do!

Pros ~ What great photos of a beautiful place. Do you happen to know what the mint green "whatever" is in the last photo? Is that a plant? Or something else? They remind me of dinner mints!
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