Shrew and Snail

Curiosity cabinet of books, animals, and art and kitchen experiments

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July 2008

Gardening

Beneficial insects

I was turning on the hose this morning and noticed these lacewing eggs on a blade of grass nearby.  They are so pretty, on their long delicate stalks.  I have only seen them on one other plant at the house, a dracaena that was on the porch. I’m off to Colorado for a couple of weeks, and I  ...

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An excellent Sunday

Brunch at Austin Diner. Scored paperbacks, a Diana Kennedy cookbook, and current magazines at Half Price Book.  Spent the 100 degree afternoon with a good friend, relaxing in the shade at the lake and swimming with the dogs.  Summer, I love you!

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Gardening

A very special macro Bloom Day

It’s July, and quite frankly I did not predict the dearth of flowers here. In the spirit of full disclosure, all the closeups are because the flowers are few and far between. But let’s make the best of what we’ve got! [If you want to see flowers, head to Bloom Day host May  ...

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Art

Bookbinding class

I’m taking a bookbinding class with Wendy Hale Davis at AMOA Laguna Gloria this weekend.  Check out her website, she has the most amazing journals I’ve ever seen.  Here are the books from the first day. We made our own endpapers with a spray-ink method, and I put salt on mine to  ...

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Gardening Photography

Artichoke update

I never mustered the courage to harvest the artichoke, and it is now starting to bloom. I hope the bees like it! Thank you for the compliments on the oregano photo. I used my old Canon PowerShot S500 because it takes such great macro shots. I usually use a Nikon D200, which also takes great  ...

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Gardening

Potted plants

My potted plants have moved from red-headed stepchildren to high priority. It’s too hot to do anything out in the garden, and I do have some cool plants that had been neglected for too long. The oreganos I had bought at Natural Gardener are doing quite well, I love their little lavender  ...

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