Thursday, July 17, 2008
The year the (would be) garden got away from me
This, my friends, is what the south side of our house looks like. It's been buffeted by the elements, as you can see, and Brian and I haven't agreed yet whether we are going to paint the whole house ourselves or see if we can hire someone else to do it. I say we paint it ourselves, but I want Brian to take the lead. As for the hundreds of black-eye susans, they planted themselves, after skunks dug up that side of the yard foraging for slugs. I assure you the other three sides of the house look a little better than this side.
In the foreground, an example of the blackberry bushes that took over the garden. I just gave up and planted a few tomato and basil plants amid the flower gardens, where the poppies and lilies of the valley have all but pushed everything else out.
Nathan Bech (left), the 33-year-old West Springfield Republican who is challenging our longtime Democratic Congressman John Olver. To his right is former Greenfield City Councilman Isaac Mass, Bech's campaign director, and Theo Taylor, a college student who's working with the campaign over the summer. Bech has got a great Web site. But he's really got his work cut out for him; Olver has held political office since 1969, when he left his job teaching chemistry at UMass and ran for state representative. He's been our U.S. congressman since 1991 -- and never lost an election.
Here's a photo with a water stain on it, unfortunately, of my late dad and me with Olver after the grueling annual 10K race in Shelburne Falls.
I really like this car one of the assessors drives in Pelham, seen here outside the Rhodes Building, where the selectmen hold their meetings.
Oh, this is some of the vintage china I compulsively buy at tag and church sales.
Carrie at The Body Tailor showing me how to kneel on a Swiss ball. Can't wait till she shows me how to STAND on one, but I'm not even close to being able to balance on all all fours on it yet.