September 2021 potatoes, cooler weather, and Vlad

It has been feeling very cool in the night and dewy and cool in the morning. And last evening I dug a few potatoes for my dinner. They are really lovely and yummy.

And the apples picked last weekend are ripening nicely. I’ve been eating some but they aren’t quite where they should be for nice eating.

I had just cleaned all these chair cushions and stacked them up –and here is Vlad doing his Princess-and-the-Pea.

September 2021 Happy kitties outside and a rose

The kitties outside have been reveling in this nice cooler weather here. And I have another one of these gorgeous roses. The flowers are so good right now, and I can feel the edge of autumn in the air. I cut some flowers to bring inside –I usually end up bringing them in when I start to feel the weather shifting. I think it is an attempt to hang on to the blooming season.

August 2021 Kitties, Amaranth, and Tomatoes

That might be the perfect August trio: kitties lounging on grass in the heat, amaranth getting top heavy with its reddish purple heads, and the lush, unbeatable tomatoes.

Above is Martin Frobisher (here is a post on his naming) and below is Sidney.

The crunchy grass is also a part of August. Below is Tiglet, being busy as he usually is.

He did stop to have a look, and below is just so you don’t miss the Tiglet / Tiger staring out of those eyes. This throwback to a wild look is particularly amusing with him because is the sweetest softest cat.

These cherokee purple tomatoes are an heirloom variety (what a friend in London tells me is called heritage there). They are so beautiful and flavorful and a distinctive flavor. I like the flavor a lot –but the color is what really gets me. The greener ones here are not quite ripe. Yum.

August 2021 other people’s kitties and some blooms

I have two friends out of town at the moment. They each have cats and for one of them, I am the main cat carer. In the other instance, I am just visiting the kitties and giving them treats and extra pets. SO, here is a post with some images from elsewhere. And I have a few pictures of some blooms.

Here is Thomas, looking handsome.

Here is a picture below of the very sweet Grumps having a snack on the porch.

Here, below, is a picture of all three of the kitties at this house. I didn’t take this picture, but I thought it would be nice to have a picture of all three of them.

Here is one of Thomas’ favorite spots… but he isn’t it in it:

And I am taking care of this kitty –Jack. He is enormous. And very sweet.

Jack doesn’t miss meals….

It is very satisfying to rub his tummy because he likes it and it is nice and big.

Below are some pictures of blooms at Thomas’ house.

August 2021 outside cats and garden

The weather really has shifted momentarily here and it is cool. It did not rain though so I will be watering heavily today to try to make up for it. I cut the lawn yesterday and Tiglet posed in various places.

Below is Tiglet in two different views in the same seat, conveniently he turned himself to face in the opposite direction.

Above is little Minnie and Sidney –with just a tiny view of Pretty’s tail on the right. That is a pot filled with some hyacinth bulbs that I found in the basement. I had thought I was going to give up on them, but at the last moment stuck them in this pot. I don’t know if they will make it to blooming. Maybe I should put them in the front of the house so they get longer sun.

Below, all three kittens are on the steps. Minnie, Tiglet, and Martin Frobisher enjoying the sunset.

And here is a pair of funny pictures of Caramel. It is cool enough for Cara to be happy curled up here.

July 2021 Kitties, Queen Anne’s Lace, and lily updates

The kitties were enjoying the front steps last night. Here is Tiglet looking dapper as ever.

Minnie has that one odd phlox that is already open. Below she is working on a walnut tree.

The Queen Anne’s lace is starting to really open up now. I’ve been pulling out lots of it, trying to keep it under control —another invasive item in my garden.

This lily will be impressive when it opens.

This astilbe is a lovely light pink; it was marked as having red blooms on the package when I bought it, but it isn’t red. I like this soft pink.

This lily too will be quite something. These blooms are white and very fragrant.

And here is a sweet Martin Frobisher.

June 2021 mystery plant and kitties

This purple plant with cup-like downward pointing flowers showed up in a nice swath by the barn a few years ago. I do not know what it is –maybe someone can help with the identification? It does well in this spot, and it has shared a few stray seeds and spread a little to some other places.

Here is a handsome Tiglet sitting outside. The clouds in the next pictures did manage to drop a very little bit of rain for the garden last night. Much needed rain.

An entertaining bit of kitty discussion inside: Claribel and Milton are quite good friends, because he has a very good big warm tummy for a small cat to curl up against. But whenever he steps over a boundary she is quick to swat him back. I think this touchiness on her part is necessary since he is twice her size and can be a bit of a bully.

Milton being nice and washing Clari’s ears.
I didn’t see the precipitating event, but I am guessing he had a chew on one of her very tasty little ears. Caramel, in her sturdiness, looks ready to referee if necessary. Below is a much nicer picture of Cara, where she doesn’t look quite so stout.
And here is a picture of Claribel; she has successfully held her own and Milton has meandered away, unconcerned. Cousin has taken his place..

June 2021 White rose and some kitties

This white rose is the most fragrant of the roses I have. It has also been here the longest. Last year many of the roses were eaten by Japanese beetles but the timing on the beetles must be a bit different this year and the roses are coming through beautifully. They are such full roses –so many petals.

This a coneflower right behind it –they are also getting ready to put on a show. Meanwhile, here are some happy kitties.

Claribel, completely sacked out on the back of the sofa.

Martin Frobisher with his mouth partly open.

Sidney looking very handsome –and a little later when part of the blanket slipped down over him.