Looking out the back door at the deck and the camellia--at one point it must have rained hard, because there are a lot of buds mixed in with the leaves. Hope that won't mean a lot fewer blossoms! Guess we'll find out in a couple of months.
New knitting project--taken with the flash turned off, since the camera doesn't seem to want to take pictures with it turned on! Time to take the camera shopping for its replacement--usually, that will do the trick!
One was taken with the flash, the other without. Yes, they need to be rotated sideways so you can get the full effect--they are rotated on my Flickr page, but there doesn't seem to be a way to do that here.
So I guess I need to do more playing, this time with the blogger software!
This is an example of SoCal weather playing with our minds. I was out at Daughter's today and the rain came down by the bucketful. Thunder, lightning, even a little bit of hail.
Got back home and everything is bone-dry. Now I get to spend the weekend moving hoses around to try to get some water on the parched plants. Would it have hurt to have given us just a little bit of rain here?
Mission San Juan Capistrano has the bells displayed next to the ruins of the stone church. Quotes:
The original bells were hung from a large nearby tree for some fifteen years, until the chapel bell tower was completed in 1791. What ultimately became of the original bells is not known. New bells were cast in Chile for inclusion in the belfry of "The Great Stone Church." All four of Mission San Juan Capistrano's bells are named and all bear inscriptions as follows (from the largest to the smallest; inscriptions are translated from Latin):
* "Praised by Jesus, San Vicente. In honor of the Reverend Fathers, Ministers (of the Mission) Fray Vicente Fustér, and Fray Juan Santiago, 1796." * "Hail Mary most pure. Ruelas made me, and I am called San Juan, 1796." * "Hail Mary most pure, San Antonio, 1804." * "Hail Mary most pure, San Rafael, 1804."
I love the practice of naming bells--and one of my all-time favorite books is Dorothy Sayers' The Nine Tailors.
More info about the mission here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_San_Juan_Capistrano
Or is it just a morning glory? Hard to tell, but these are so pale and pretty I'm enjoying them! Planted a bunch of really old seeds in a couple of pots--well, the whole potful was really old seeds. And they grew!
My black thumb is feeling a little less black and bleak now.
We do not get this kind of clover in Calif. It was good to see it again! When I was little, we would knot the long supple stems together to make chaplets for our hair! (They always fell apart, but the fun was in the making!)