Life in Colour August Challenge: RED

Photo Challenges are where it’s at!

Jude’s Travel Words blog has selected RED as the Life in Colour challenge for August.

Here are some reds from around her home, and one from Nikko’s Mexican Grill on El Camino Real (near Whipple Ave.). Love their burritos.

Last on the Card, July 2021

Self cannot believe we’re in August!

Please let her make it to at least December. Please don’t let Delta Variant come HERE!

Thanks to bushboy’s world for hosting this unique challenge.

Season of Agapanthus and Plums

Self is leery of an awful neighbor who’s been marching up and down with a leaf blower. But the agapanthus in the backyard are glorious! They’re growing right next to her plum tree.

She’s posting this for Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge.

Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: Agapanthus

It’s been a few weeks since self posted to Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge, but all self’s agapanthus are in bloom now, so here you go!

July #TreeSquare Challenge # 18: Monterey Trees Part 2

Although self was not able to post as much as she wanted for the July #TreeSquare Challenge, she tried to make up for it in the past week.

Thank you again, Becky, for hosting this challenge!

Took these pictures a few days ago. They’re from the garden behind the Alta Bakery, 502 Munras St., Monterey.

P.S. The bakery had a line out the door!

July #TreeSquares Challenge #11: Last Year, During the Fires of September

Self was looking over the pictures in her archives. She was shocked to come upon the pictures of the backyard in September 2020. There were wildfires raging up and down the state. The Lightning Complex Fires in Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and San Mataeo County began in August and raged through the first half of September. The air quality was so bad, and there were days she could distinctly smell smoke.

For today’s #TreeSquares Challenge, she’s posting these pictures as a reminder. She heard on the news that the fires raging now in California (there are quite a few) have burned four times as much acreage as the fires this time last year. Can you imagine if we get to September with worse air quality than what’s in these pictures. The heat so far this summer is so intense. Cross your fingers and pray.

July #TreeSquare Challenge #9: Two Views of the Plum Tree

One view is in March, the other is in April.

Thank you to Becky of The Life of B for hosting the #TreeSquare Challenge!

July #TreeSquare Challenge #8: The Backyard (Again)

Two new views of self’s backyard — with trees!

Thanks to Becky at The Life of B, host of this and other creative Squares Challenges (The previous Squares Challenge was #BrightSquares in April)

July #TreeSquare Challenge # 5: A Corner of the Backyard

For today’s post, a corner of self’s backyard gets its moment.

Check out host Becky’s The Life of B for a gallery of beautiful trees!

Flower of the Day (FOTD): Acanthus

It’s been a week — no, more — since self has posted a flower picture for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge. Her flower today is Acanthus.

Self posted a picture of it on Facebook and asked if anyone knew the name for this flower, which grows along one side of her yard. A friend from Malta was the first to answer: “It’s called Acanthus, and it grows all over the Mediterranean. Its image is often carved into tombs.”

The man who built this house (in 1939) was from Italy. He planted a magnificent walnut, and all kinds of fruit trees (which have died one by one, over the 30 years she’s been in this house). Perhaps the fruit trees and the acanthus reminded him of his native country. Perhaps he was homesick.

She saw massive specimens in Filoli, the last time she visited, maybe a year ago (They were allowing a small number of visitors, everyone had to be masked)

Funny, another friend, who has a large, beautiful garden, told her it was “a weed” and grew wild. It’s definitely not a weed. She remembers, the first ten years in this house, the spikes were profuse, and very tall. But climate change is a thing: every summer in the last 10 years, that patch of side yard has been exposed to the most punishing sun. The leaves turned brown, and no flowers appeared. Until this year.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

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