It seems like I've been away from my blog for a long time. Busy I guess. I did take a few pictures that I will be using to illustrate the next entries.
We had a few weeks that were cooler and slightly rainy, which brought out the best of our patio garden. The winter poinsettias are competing now with the new roses and yellow nasturtiums to provide nourishment to the hummingbirds, who are less interested in their red feeder!
It's wonderful to be able to sit out on the patio under the umbrella (parasol, of course) and see the sun glowing through the poinsettias. Later in the year, the pomegrate branches will also provide shade from the sun.
The sun gives us light and life, but it also gives us fire and death. We mourn its absence on a gray wintry day and complain that we can't go out when the sun brings our outdoor temperature to over 100 F in the shade. The winter sun cheers us up, but it is so low in the sky it blinds us. Complain, complain!