I read this and thought how true, "most people sell because of the well-known four D’s: death, departure, divorce and debt, but there is another: downscaling." The lady that sold the house to us was the death factor, her husband passed away and she sold her house to be closer to family. As for us, it's downscaling,… Continue reading The Stress of Selling
It has been a week since I added more plants to my garden and the weather has gotten a lot warmer, I think we finally get over our cold spell. There is still a lot of work to be done, and I'll be busy gardening in the next few weeks. The photos were taken early… Continue reading My Garden Update
The best time to photograph lotus and water lily is early morning when the buds first open, and my schedules on Saturday and Sunday morning were so hectic that I took these photos on both days while I was waiting for my dad and sisters. The floating gazebo adds a visual interest to the pond.… Continue reading Lotus and Water Lilies at Wat Lao Buddhavong July 3, 2010
I went home for lunch today and my Water Lily is in bloom. The Lily is so white that it gives off a glare that even a polarizing filter doesn’t help either.
I came home at lunch time to shoot the video and take photos of my garden. The nature sound of birds and waterfall that you hear in the video are the sounds from my garden, it's a lot louder early in the morning or late evening. A nice place to sit and relax, it's shady… Continue reading My Garden May 24, 2010
It's the first week of May and my garden is coming along. Lee helped watering the garden today. I got a better shot of the Robin today, but still standing pretty far away. I went closer and sat by the bridge in hoping that another bird would fly down to drink from the birdbath, but… Continue reading My Garden in May
It would be a dream come true to have a pond this size. In fact, just one of the ponds at Biltmore is almost as big as my whole backyard. This is too early for the waterlily, but there are several Koi fish and school of small fish. Music by Anakwad Native American Flute with… Continue reading Waterlily Pond at Biltmore
I feel kind of sad that I have to harvest these today. In its place, I'm planting pickle and white cucumbers. My blueberry, is that the berries that I'm seeing? And here is my fishpond, several of my fish have gotten real big. There are a few new baby fish this year.
My second sister's Fish Pond, it looks like her fish survive the cold front that we had. It's funny that when you're ready to do a video, everyone has something important to say, a good thing that I just learned how to mute an audio, no telling what you would hear and hope you enjoy… Continue reading My Sister’s Fish Pond in January
A couple of days after I took this picture, my second sister's fish pond was covered with thick layers of ice. She never turned her water pump off, and the constant movement of the water blowing to the top surface plus the cold front that we had quickly formed thick layers of ice. My dad… Continue reading A Little Breathing Room for my Sister’s Fish
My second sister's fishpond, I took this picture on Saturday and it's a lot worse on Monday. It has been so cold the last few days and they predict that it'll continue to be this cold for the next 2 weeks or so.
Rainy weather makes frog happy, I spotted this Leopard frog today in my fish pond, just hanging out.
Continued from Wat Lao Buddhavong July 4th, 2009 the 30 Year Anniversary Celebration As I've mentioned in my Lotus or Water Lily at Biltmore post that in Buddhism, the lotus is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols and one of the most poignant representations of Buddhist teaching, so not surprised to see it here at… Continue reading Wat Lao Buddhavong July 4th, 2009 Water Lilies in July
Seems like I've been lazy as the name of the post, but I'm actually on vacation this week and have a chance to visit Lazy 5 Ranch again. It's a privately owned exotic animal drive thru park that offers a 3.5 mile safari through the gently sloping pasturelands of Piedmont, North Carolina. There are over… Continue reading Lazy 5 Ranch
My small garden is coming together nicely, I finally have everything planted last weekend, and finally have time to sit and relax. I try to keep my garden simple this year, I’m thinking about doing a year round garden, growing vegetables in the fall and winter as well, but I still have to do some… Continue reading Watching My Garden Grow