Shrew and Snail

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

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May 2009

Photography

Flickr favorites

1. Turtle, 2. Guardian, 3. bird egg, 4. Radiator’s Last Home, 5. Go toward the light!, 6. Gotcha!!, 7. Visiting Italy, 8. wonderland: leaves, trees, & ferns…, 9. England, Surrey Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

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Travel

Santa Fe

We went to Santa Fe for a long weekend, and had a great time.  We loved hiking Bandolier National Monument and seeing the cliff dwellings. And hiking at Hyde Memorial State Park. We did the Circle Trail, which is only 3 or 4 miles long but with over 1,000 feet of elevation gain. In other words,  ...

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Gardening

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, May 2009

Please check out what is blooming all over at May Dreams Gardens. Here is what is blooming in my garden. Woolly butterfly bush. The flies love this plant, oddly. Argentinian butterfly bush. Butterfly bush (buddleia) in peacock. Artichokes! Some blue flower that volunteered. Is it cornflower?  ...

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Photography

Computer photo tricks

I just figured out how to do this and I’m psyched.  Sorry this one has a heavy dose of the Flickr blog repeats, but it could be worse.  Cute monkeys! 1. Santa Fe Sign, Old Santa Fe Freight Depot, 2. Watching the fight from a distance, 3. 57, 4. And I Promise to Show You All the Wonders of  ...

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Gardening

A few small problems

I think I let the compost sit too long. What do you think?  I also have two volunteer squash in the garden that seem to be doing quite well– flowering, anyway. What is eating my tomato flowers? I assume it is eating them before they turn into fruit. Help! I do have a good idea of what is  ...

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Gardening

It’s a process, okay?

I kind of hate to show you this picture, since it looks like such a mess. But I’m hoping you can see the potential in my new butterfly garden. Given my penchant for buying pretty much only 4″ pots (cheap!), I am surprised it has come this far. A few of these came in larger  ...

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A four-nursery day

Yesterday I went to four nurseries. I wasn’t really trying to find anything in particular, but there were two I wanted to check out and two favorites that I needed to visit. I started out with estate sales, which had fancy antique store prices. [Dear estate sale people: if you are trying  ...

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Travel

Nothing to do with gardening

Somewhere deep inside, I am a 10-year old boy. Really. I got to go to the Houston Ship Channel for work on Friday, and I was so excited about seeing all the big ships. It was amazing. It’s like visiting a land of giants, where everything is ten times the normal scale. Watching the  ...

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