End Of June

Been busy outdoors for the past two months. I have spent very little time online and have focused on the immediate world and contacts around me but it's time for an update.
I have a new computer for email and browsing although I am doing all my writing, editing, photography, graphics etc. on my old machine which runs XP.
There is so much that still needs to be done on the new machine like getting all my old contacts established, getting Skype going, learning the new settings and what not; it runs Windows 7 which is beyond hokey for the way I have become accustomed to working. There is so many USELESS and ANNOYING features which would not even be an issue if there was a simple way to shut them off- for instance, why do I need to see a popup from the task bar of the current window when it's already displayed on the actual taskbar?! There are tons of things that pop up just for show- I think it's an attempt to copy the look of Mac systems which I don't care for either for the same reasons: animated and frivolous embellishments.

Anyway, I regret not having been able to keep in contact with some people I got to know this year, particularly the ones involved in family research studies but hopefully we will get in touch again. There is a lot of work to be done on the property and we have a lot of plans for the summer and fall to prepare for so I will cut this short and get right to some recent photos:

More Mohn Kuchen: I liked the poppy seed roll so much I baked another but didn't go stingy on the icing- still need to get that recipe posted...

Bread that almost didn't make it: I was going for bread rolls, thought I had made a minor mistake, and decided to simply braid the dough and see what happened; consequently this is my very first bread. ( I singed some of the raisins -oops)

Retro Planters: you can get free paint at the paint recycling places so with can of gold paint in hand I brought new life to Mama's 40 year old planters which used to be a dull black.

Columbine: I have a few columbines that are in their third year now and am starting to appreciate the possibilities of perennial plants. This particular one is a common lavender/pink tipped white but has an absolutely perfect form...quite stunning.

Welsh Poppy: A friend of mine and I are still in debate about what this poppy actually is but I'm going by my plant books description. I took this photo because of the one orange petal on an otherwise yellow poppy and entitled it: "I Changed My Mind".

Moss: Took this at Kentucky-Alleyne Lake just because of the moss which is not a common sight out in these dry parts of B.C.

Neon Green: just a pretty green bug on our official weed of Merritt. :)

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