A recent visit to the river began with an overcast, rainy day and turned into a gorgeous afternoon.
The blooms are starting to come out. Thankfully, there has been some rain here and suddenly everything is starting to be green.
I had a lovely visit in Florida and I got to go horseback riding. So here is a good view from the back of a horse. This idyllic park like area at my dad’s place includes a couple of swings hung from the trees –you can see them off to the right.
Here a lovely sunset with the mares in their pasture with cypress trees.
The tulips are up and many other things are poking their heads out. The peonies and hostas haven’t made an appearance yet.
Just to get a kitty into the images: here is Claribel and her very long tail.
Last sunday it was warm and the river was really gorgeous.
While it was warm, the kitties in the house had some time on the porch.
Now the temperature has swung unbelievably, it has snowed here, and all the kitties are snuggling in while it finally looks like winter here. To give you a sense of the massive change in temperature: on Sunday it was 60F (15C) and this morning it is -8F (-22C).
It has been unseasonably warm here in the upper plains. The skies have had lovely clouds and the birds have been noisy in their enjoyment. It is a very full moon tonight.
It is unseasonably warm here in the upper plains and it was about 51F (about 10C) today. A lovely picnic at the river was an absolutely wonderful Christmas Eve treat.
Although there were predictions of 9-12 inches of snow, I think this snow was a fairly decent 6 inches. And absolutely lovely.
The inside kitties have been snuggling into nice warm spots like this little Claribel.
The herbs are still holding up in the midst of the beginnings of brown. I made lentils and beets with fresh mint and was delighted to still have fresh mint to use in it.
The birds were having a lovely time in the trees and bushes and a morning moon was particularly lovely.
The pair of cardinals have been around quite a bit. And they are lovely. Such a great splash of red.
And here is a lovely picture of Cara, just to round things out.
There was some snow here in these upper plains, and then some strong wind, and then a little rain. All of which means there is no snow here right now and the garden is struggling on in its odd autumnal state. Bits of color from drying blooms still show through but the yellows and browns are starting to prevail. In the mornings, the temperature has been hovering around 38-40F (about 4C). Although it did get to about 60F one day this last week (15C): unseasonably warm for this late in November. These temperatures mean that the plants are all easing into winter.
Some of the monk’s hood (above) still has its lovely color, while some of the stalks are blackened and done. The purple cone flower heads (below) make such dramatic stalks.