We let our backyard go a bit wild this year (life got ahead of us, in more ways than one), but the flowers and pond plants seem to be happier than ever. We have a ton of bees this year, which is heartening to see, given how hard up bees are world-wide lately. You can see one of them (if you look closely) in the second picture down. (Click for hi-rez)
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Our highest grape yield of any year so far – thanks to a complete and utter lack of any sort of pruning for two years straight. I suspect that’s not the way it’s supposed to work. This year, the grapes got especially friendly with our resident cedar trees (click for bigger).
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The cats enjoying their brand new outside room. Click for bigger.
Miss Kitty Fantastico looking pretty on her new perch.
All three cats love the new shelves, but MKF has totally owned them. To be fair, she totally owns the entire room; the other two are just tolerated guests. ;-)
Look ma, no leash!
Mister Grumpy (aka Dude) hangin’ with the wee lass. She’s keeping an eye on him, as he’s had a tendency to swat at anyone who comes nearby. Still needs to work on his outdoor etiquette.
Miss Kitty and her best bud. Jake is still a little freaked by the new space, but likes being back in the fresh air again. And the shelves are pretty darn cool, too.
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Um, yeah. About that writing blog I’m supposed to have. Too busy writing, sorry. In the meantime, here’s a super-cool video of our home planet, based on a series of time lapse photographs taken by the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011.
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