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Just another day . . ..

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

. . . . maybe not in Paradise, but still in this very nice part of the world!

It's hot and sunny.

I've been out watering plants, on the front verandah and front flower beds and back deck and high deck,

And trying to teach Henry how to drink from the hose!! He hasn't got it yet, but looked so cute with water dribbled all down the front of his ruff!!

The flowers are looking beautiful: red and white geraniums, blue scaveola, yellow Stella d'Oro lilies, pink lantana, multi-coloured snapdragons, white Datura (my sister tells me the common name is "H*ll's Bells"!). Masses of oenothera "Lemon Drops" and spikey yellow lysimachia. And the big floppy pale pink Bessie rose is still going strong, new buds opening daily as spent flowers drop their petals: I'm making a point of enjoying that amazing fragrance while it lasts!!

What's next? Probably purple phlox, some brown eyed Susans and white Shasta daisies, and soon the zinnias and nasturtiums I planted from seed should start to flower too.

We've been enjoying our large rabbits (maybe hares?) on the front lawn morning and evening, But yesterday for the first time I saw a baby rabbit, hopping around with great agility. Clearly Mamma and Pappa Rabbit have told the youngster that there's nothing to fear from me. (Let's hope our local foxes also got the memo . . . )

Plus so many young birds learning to feed with the adults. Big families of starlings, the parents' feathers iridescent in the sunshine. Speckly chested first crop robins. More young cardinals than I've ever seen, males and females in matching tan plumage. Lots of our usual jays, downy woodpeckers, chickadees, white breasted and rose breasted nuthatches: and one sole bright yellow goldfinch who obligingly perched just outside the back window for a long period of time.

Yesterday our final four clerks sent home a wonderful retirement gift -- a hand crafted and personalized tray with "retirement rules". Including "Walk Henry"! With some very kind and heartfelt reflections on what it was like for them working with us as their employers. It meant so much.

I've been able to get a hair cut appointment scheduled for July 16th; and a dental hygiene visit for September 1st. Depending, of course, on circumstances at the time and following all the COVID protocols for masking and handwashing. My dentist's receptionist, whom I've known for a long time, mentioned that she's been dealing with a lot of exasperated patients unwilling to wait until they can be accommodated: of course they can see only one person at a time in the office and must then schedule extensive sanitizing between appointments. It's all very scary for them. She laughed when I promised that I've read all their recommendations on their website, and that I won't be that impatient patient!!

Tomorrow is Canada Day!! I've already got my huge red and white maple leaf flag flying proudly on the verandah. And there are Ontario field grown strawberries, red red red all the way through. Yes, I'm pretty sure we'll be having strawberry shortcake!!
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