Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz,

I wonder where them flowers is?

My father quoted this every year in spring, usually when the snow was still in the process of melting on the ground, no flowers in sight. However, wonder no more. Here are some flowers from around my garden. Can you name them? (the answers are at the end of the post).

The first one is¬† of daffodils, of course. I thought I’d start you off easy. ūüôā Next is heather. This plant likes less water than most of my garden so it grows on the side of the stairs going up to the driveway, where the irrigation doesn’t reach it. The third one is mahonia, or oregon grape, an extremely prickly bush that grows wild in the pacific northwest. The berries have a strong, slightly unpleasant flavour, but if you mix them with blackberry and a bit of apple, they make the best jelly. Next is hellebores. I have about six such plants in my garden, each a different shade of rose to wine tones–one of the earliest plants in my garden. After that is the trillium, you knew that. I don’t know the name of the following plant, but love the look of the little green buds in the spring. Perhaps you can tell me what it is. The last plant is a cranberry bush. I had one planted when the garden was first developed, but it died last year. I was devastated. the blooms are beautiful, have a lovely scent, and¬† it is the first bush to flower in the spring, usually in late February. I searched everywhere, no one knew what it was, let alone had one to replace it. Then a tiny bush bloomed last spring, and i realized the dead bush had populated a new branch below it in the garden. It is still small, but I will put some good earth around its roots to encourage it to grow tall like it’s daddy did.

Ducks gather at Rithet’s Bog

Went for a nice walk yesterday, around Rithet’s Bog (named after Robert Patterson Rithet, a prominent businessman in Victoria, late 19th C, early 20th C). The ducks had abandoned the bog for some reason and gathered on the other side of the walking path that circles the marshy water.

Here are two beautiful males, the feathers on their heads are iridescent.

We didn’t encounter too many other walkers, most people isolating, I imagine. What we did notice was of the 8 or 10 we saw, most would not make eye contact. Perhaps they feared that eye contact would make them vulnerable to the pandemic. There were several, however, who like us, wished those they saw a good day as they passed. Very heartening.

Stay safe, keep well. How are you keeping busy as you isolate?

Stuff on my desk

It has been very hectic around my house this week. My desk isn’t usually this chaotic. Items on my desk today- kleenex (just threw it away, but this cold won’t leave), stapler (to keep my files organized), note from library (to take my 5 year old grandson to the Lego event), yellow pad (to keep me organized, of course), small notepad (details of the next book), pens (always need one handy), broken cup (place to keep the pens), calculator (duh), mouse (doesn’t work that well without a mouse pad), printer (yes, always need that), sticky notes (use tons of these).

What have you got on your desk?

Drumroll please! Are you ready for Rain Man?

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Can Rain solve his last police case without getting his girlfriend arrested?

Rainier is a survivor. He’s made some mistakes, and now he’s paying for them. As a condition of his probation, he must work with the police on investigations where his skills might be useful. There is one more case to solve to complete his commitments. Then he’ll be free. Just as he heads undercover to work this last case, Sophia arrives in town. She is a childhood crush who means a great deal to Rain, and she is obviously terrified of someone.

Sophia has made a bad choice in the past, and now she’s in hiding to avoid dealing with it. Still, it follows her, and Rainier is the only one she can trust to help her handle it. Rain’s problem? The clues he’s uncovering in his last case all seem to lead directly to Sophia. Can he solve this case without breaking his heart or pointing the police in his girlfriend’s direction?

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We first met Rain Man in The Lies He Told Me

When a police detective falls for his main suspect, life gets complicated.

The Lies He Told Me by Sylvie Grayson

When Chloe Bowman’s husband disappears, never did she imagine that in the midst of¬†the search to find him, she’d discover she didn’t really know this man at all. She’s left¬†alone with her young son and a time bomb on her hands. Lurking in the shadows is the¬†mysterious Rain Man.

Police Detective Ross Cullen was already investigating Chloe’s husband when he¬†¬†disappeared. But the deeper Ross digs the less he knows,¬† and the more he’s attracted¬†¬†to the young widow as she struggles to put her life back together. Can Ross break¬†¬†through the Rain Man’s disguises to solve the case so he can be with Chloe?

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Johnny Cash – Five Feet High and Rising

We had a dump of rain and the water dug a furrow down our driveway. We’ll have to repair it soon before it grows bigger, as these things tend to do. The pop up stream grew as well, here it was a few days ago.

This is what it looks like now

My cold is finally giving up, and I will soon emerge in good shape. Can’t wait.¬† We head over to Vancouver this week for some meetings and to get together with long-time friends. I’m looking forward to it. Hope you are well too, and doing fine.