Archive for April, 2012

The Courtyard’s Second Spring


At the end of spring 2011, the landscaper planted shrubs and a small tree in the courtyard. Now that spring 2012 is here, the courtyard is dominated with the blue blossoms on the three Cleveland sage bushes. The little pink blossoms on the plum tree are all but gone and soon the vivid red and yellow flowers on the red bird of paradise shrubs will dominate. Click on the image to enlarge.

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A Yellow Prickly Pear Flower


I saw several prickly pear flowers on a cactus near the post office in town today. I just love springtime in the desert! Click on the image to enlarge.

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Cruising the Parker Strip


We’re back in our Arizona home this evening after a week and a half on the road. We were in the California house for a few days and then headed back to the desert to relax and enjoy a nice visit with our friends who live on the Colorado River. One of the highlights during our visit was a cruise from Bluewater to Parker Dam and return on a pontoon boat. It was a great day and a wonderful river cruise.

This is the south side of Parker Dam as seen from the river. Just on the other side, is Lake Havasu whose water level is roughly at the lower side of the openings on the top of the dam. It’s kind of eerie seeing those openings and knowing that the dam is all that’s between us and the massive amount of water in the lake beyond. Click on the image to enlarge.

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On The River

You may have noticed a lack of blogging over the past couple of days. There is a good reason for it. WE’RE ON VACATION! . . . and having too much fun with our friends on the Colorado River. Click on the image to enlarge.


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White and Pink Amaryllis


This amaryllis isn’t as bright nor was the lighting as good when I took a photo of a flower exactly one year ago today, but this one is still very pretty in spite of those things. I planted the bulb on the side of the California house last year and today there were two amaryllis flowers open. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Blog Holiday


After all the yardwork today, we got nothin’.

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Today was family day for us in Southern California. We visited my sister and family before going over to my Mom’s house. We went back to the house afterwards and dropped the dogs off so we could go do some food shopping. When we got back from the supermarket, Beethoven greeted us from his lookout post as we pulled into the driveway. Click on the image to enlarge.

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