” I must get out there and keep weeding”.
“Relax ESP, your tour of duty (ahem) is over, you must rest now”.
Phew, what a crazy week it has been in the ESPatch. I have actually been watching all five episodes of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner back to back as a form of deep relaxation and depression educing therapy to bring me down to earth a little. As readers, you will be drawing ever closer to the dramatic finale yourselves with the forth riveting installment at the end of this post, I can sense your anticipation.
First there was the build-up to the Conservancy tour, the grueling midnight weeding shifts that involved Davy lamps, loincloths, and copious amounts of mosquito spray (FYI: the Naboo insist on this attire for anyone in the Patch after dark). Then the tour itself happened, what a mad day that was. I cannot remember a time I have talked for so long, by the end of the day I was sounding like:
We had a really good time on the tour and thanks so much to all my Patch helpers, and all who visited the Patch on the day. You can read some great accounts and see some pictures at the following links, if you haven’t read them already. I think I took only two pictures the entire day! :
Thanks Pam and Rock Rose! If you couldn’t make it, here is a rather wobbly walk-through of the Patch just before the gates were opened. Oh come on Mr circular-bed Sotol! You can grow faster then this!
My daughter sold enough limonada on the big day to purchase a toy she has had her heart set on for quite some time:
These little bundles of fur are called Zhu Zhu pets and when you first meet one they seem harmless enough. We naturally had to purchase two of them to mitigate a potential war breaking out between our two hobbits.
Have you quite finished William?
They make cute snuffling noises, roam around freely and have character shifts when different accessories are attached to them, naturally. Oh yes, initially they seemed like a perfect non-real pet…no mess, no hair drop…but then the realization of the purchase kicked in, the snuffling noises, the squeals, oh the repetition.
I sit here typing on my laptop with two of these creatures running circles around my feet, their chirps and snuffles long having lost their appeal . I am now seriously resisting the urge to get up, get my metal shovel from my shed, and…well, I will leave the rest up to your imagination…I’ll give you Zhu Zhu pets! (I wonder how long their batteries last)?
A couple of days after the tour we had the friendly crew from the Gardener’s Supply Co come over to the Patch.
They spent the day setting up and photographing planted window boxes on the outside of our house for their catalog. After they had left, we found the fantastic surprise they had left for us near my back deck…
My daughter and I have a long history of: “Daddy, why don’t you ever buy pretty plants with flowers?” “Well, I just prefer foliage plants, that’s all.” “But daddy why don’t you…” and on and on this monologue usually continues. Imagine her surprise when she was confronted by this scene as she went down the back steps, she could not believe her eyes. Her expression says it all.
Yes, between obnoxious Zhu Zhu’s and garden tours and photo shoots, it has been a busy time in the Patch of late to say the least,
even this Texas spiny lizard seemed more immune to foot traffic and the camera after the tour and shoot, allowing me to get in closer then usual to this extremely shy creature. This was the largest one I have seen to date.
This plant most certainly got a lot of attention from a lot of people. I cannot tell you how many times I said celosia on the day.
Bluebonnets are also popping up in the Hell Strip. (Thanks once again RR).
I will finish with a couple of shots of the Salt Lick, an infamous Texas barbecue destination. They have recently opened up a side garden and wine tasting house on the property, selling wine, cheese and pate’…
A huge stand of lantana and numerous roses and salvia line the perimeter of the garden
Inspiring Images of the week:
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His subject matter can range from tau protein mutations in Alzheimer’s disease… to tuna fish. Using protein recognition software and numerous scripts and tricks to get the biological and chemical structures into Maya and Mudbox ready for rendering, or traditional modeling and texturing for the more playful artwork that he does in his spare time.
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This was more fun at stop lights then an iced turban in the middle of summer!
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