Saturday, September 27, 2008

In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday - unknown

"Be less discouraged,

more determined,

less distracted,

more present,

less me,

more we."

The quote is an excerpt of the words of the voice over for a new ad for Toyota. It was created by New York based Dentsu America. More about them here: Media Post Publications Marketing Daily Tues Aug 12

It is one of the very few television ads that has caught my attention enough to have me look away from my newspaper, magazine or computer. They are running it a lot on the History Channel like tonight while Super City: New York was on. Great show by the way if you have any interest in The City.

The photo is a passion flower (passiflora) in our garden. The passion flower was used in traditional medicines as a "calming" herb so I hope the photo does this post justice. I found this Medical Reference on it interesting as well.

Then I stumbled across a gardening website that I will need to peruse often:
While there I found an interesting article titled "How To Be Present In Your Own Life" and then "The Ethical Precepts and Philosophical Tenets of Zen Buddhism" as a link off of that site. These 2 are references that I will save here for Debbie when she gets Internet access.

The Garden Digest site has a HUGE page titled:
Quotes for Those that Love Gardens, Gardening, and the Green Way which just has way to many for me to read today but I do love almost every one I've read so far.

The photo is one of our cosmos right before its flower bloom opening. I need to get out there tomorrow and see if I can shoot a good picture of some of the open ones now that they are finally in their glory. Every summer I question why I bothered with the cosmos seeds because they are not growing and blooming. Then mid September comes and they remind me by giving the final garden floral flourish and they continue until first frost.

The cosmos were pretty this morning. 9/28

For those looking for the musical reference today. I've added Howard Jones' UK debut single from 1983 "New Song" to the playlist. The verse: Don't crack up, bend your brain, see both sides... Ring a bell?
Full lyrics here.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fall Fairs and Festivals in and around Goochland

I did start a post in the beginning of the summer listing some of our favorite Fairs and festivals but I thought I'd put a reminder post up for any of you are reading recent posts only. Rather than keep updating that Summer post, I'll move the Fall/Winter Fairs here.

We love carnivals & fairs in this house. The unlimited ride wristbands for the kids are always well worth the cost. The fun that they have on those rides is priceless.

So I figured I'd keep a list of and share of all the Fairs and similar events that we try to attend that are of reasonable distance for families from Goochland County, Powhatan, Richmond, Hanover, Louisa, Chesterfield areas.

Please let me know if you know of any others that are worthy of this list! I will continue to update this list as I find more that fit.

As far as pumpkin patches go...
For the little ones I like Hanover Plant & Vegetable Farm in Ashland (20 miles Northeast of Goochland Courthouse).
there's also Ashland Berry Farm
and Chesterfield Berry Farm

A good resource I've used to find local farms for apples, pumpkins, Christmas Trees is

Salem Christian School's Food and Music Festival
Saturday, October 18
3:00 - 7:00
1701 Cardwell Rd Crozier

Oyster Plate, BBQ, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Hot Dog

Goochland County Fall Festival
Admission is FREE
Saturday October 25, 2008 11am - 4pm (Raindate Sun Oct. 26 2pm-6pm)
  • Petting Zoo
  • Scavenger Hunt & Carnival Games
  • Halloween Costume Contest
  • Little Screamer’s Haunted Hayride
  • Ole’ Bessie Milking Cow Contest
  • Children’s Detailed Activities Program
  • Show and Sell (Arts & Crafts Vendors)
  • Government Agencies, Local Non-Profit Organizations & Community Business
  • Cotton Candy, Funnel Cakes, Popcorn & Carmel Apples

Powhatan County's Festival of the Grape
Saturday October 25, 2008 11a-6p
Located at the Courthouse 3880 Old Buckingham Rd (route 13) Powhatan 23139

Richmond Highland Celtic Games October 25 & October 26
This is held this year at the Richmond Raceway Complex RRC on Laburnum Ave
"Large Men Throwing Stuff" Scotch Clans Scotland Irish Food Crafts entertainment competitions

The Virginia Travel Website lists fairs in other areas you may be interested in.

Already Held:
FIELD DAY OF THE PAST STARTED Last Night! Sherwood Amusements offers carnival rides for the kids. Pick up a paper magazine at Food Lion or other places and you'll fins a $3 coupon for tomorrow's all you can ride wristbands.

Field Day of the Past September 19, 20, 21 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8am - 6pm)
This is Goochland's version of a county fair. They charge $10 for adults and children under 13 are free so that helps. They sell multi day passes and senior discounts. The midway carnival rides start Thursday night before the rest of the fair opens Friday. I believe that the rides are open Fri & Sat night too after the main fair is closed.

State Fair of Virginia
Thursday September 25-Sunday October 5
This is held this year at the Richmond Raceway Complex RRC on Laburnum Ave
This truly is the ultimate fair in the area and has plenty for everyone. We found it to be perfectly safe and way too much fun. We went during the day.

West End Church of the Nazarene Fall Festival
on Broad St / Route 250 between Oilville and Centerville. 10 minutes west of Short Pump.
Saturday October 11 9am-3pm

Richmond Folk Festival
Fri October 10, Saturday Oct 11, Sunday Oct 12 12pm-11pm
This is a FREE festival on the Riverfront downtown Richmond.

Centerville Pumpkin Festival
October 11 10am-4pm at 33 Broad Street Manakin-Sabot

2nd Annual Powhatan
Native People Pauwau 2008
Saturday October 11 12 noon - 6:00 p
The pow wow is held at the Powhatan County Fairgrounds 4042 Anderson Highway VA 23139

Goochland County Chamber of Commerce presents:
4th Annual Business-Expo Taste of Goochland
FREE and open to the public
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Time: 5-8pm
Location: Boy Scouts of America 1723 Maidens Rd
Bounce House * Live Music * Alpacas * Food * Fire/Rescue Mascot Sparky * Free Secure Child Photo ID System with fingerprinting provided by the Goochland Sheriff's Office courtesy of Virginia ASSET Management
50+ Door prizes

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Eiffel 65 - "I'm Blue" Da Ba Dee Da Ba

Blue Daze (Evolvus glomeratus)
typically opens in the morning and closes by afternoon unless it is a particularly overcast day and then it may keep open all day. I love the color of the flowers and make sure I buy at least one every year. I haven't had success with it as a houseplant but will keep trying different spots in the house.
It blooms for me all season from the day I buy it until... I guess the first frost. If it we were in a warmer zone (8-11), this could grow as a perennial shrub. But as a zone 7, this blue beauty is on my annual list of annuals to buy.
I am tempted to place a standing order with a company like Mischel's Greenhouse's out of Michigan since I now have a list of of annuals on my must have list every year for building hanging baskets, containers and adding to certain ground areas. Rather than trek out to the various garden centers for plants that I am certain to buy, I can use that time for other tasks that I can't seem to get to. My list could go on forever starting with the grape vine and one of the wisteria really need some attention but that's a whole 'nother post.

I did not get my blue plumbago in the ground yet. It's a bit late as it probably won't survive the winter either. But it is blooming its beautiful blue!

I believe I've posted pictures of my blue agapanthus / african lilies when they were in bloom.

I'll look for some new photos of the next set of my plants and update this post later.

Here is one of the many blue morning glory plants around the yard today 9/28.

The Johnson Blue hardy perennial geranium / cranesbill is starting to come around again and hopefully will be back in bloom soon. It is in such a hot spot that it only blooms in the cool spring and cool autumn temperatures. IN NJ it bloomed for me all season. I really need to move that poor baby too.

I plant forget me not seeds when I remember and they are a gorgeous blue as well but they don't seem to come back for me here in VA. In NJ they did and they semed to thrive better.

My Jack Frost Brunnera is such a pretty plant. Problem is that it has been getting smaller every year. Maybe it's all that (DO NOT PLANT) creeping jenny (INVASIVE-DO NOT PLANT) choking my shade garden?? At some point I guess it will just not come back and/or I need to get working on destroying that horrid moneywort mess (DO NOT PLANT). This is a current pic. They bloom tiny blue forget-me-knot like flowers in the Spring.

The Jacob's Ladder is pretty in Spring as well.

The Georgia Blue Speedwell Veronica looks gorgeous in Spring with its blue flowers but suffers in the summer (shown at left).

I typically put my annual and perennial flower seed order in with Johnny's Selected Seeds out of Maine. Whether I start the plants indoors or direct seed, I find that there are many plants that are worth planting from seed.

Light videos of the day.
You listen up, here's the story about a little guy...
that lives in a blue world...

Now if I'd quit blogging about my gardens, I could get outside and plant these fall annuals I bought last week to replace the tired portulaca / moss rose and other things at the mail box.

Have fun!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Don't worry, about a thing, every little thing gonna be alright

Sunday was probably the final pool day for us. The temp was in the nineties and it was humid so it was wonderful in the pool. The 10 day forecast only shows high 70's and overnight temps in the mid 50's so that beautiful blue water will feel icy.

I got tickets on Saturday to see Elton John at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville for my b-day. Psyched...
The last time we saw him was at MSG NYC. This is a much smaller venue so should be even cooler.

1) Whose blog am I referring to in my subject line? Answer
2) What is the photo of? I snapped it Sunday afternoon.
It is the rippling water in our pool from the kids constant jumping in.

Another thing... Tina Fey rocks.

The back porch...

The fountain...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Mimi's Memoriam - Cry the Clock Said - Funeral for a friend

Miss Mimi "Meow Howard" Williams
1988 - 9/11/2008
She was my shadow for almost 20 years. She was always a cat with a kitten face and later in life was a grand old lady in a fur coat. She will be missed.

She was a calico tortoise shell kitty or a clouded tiger calimanco who adopted me when I lived in the Hillsborough apartments on Farm Rd. She lived in 6 different places with me over half my life.

Many thanks to Dr. Margaret Washburn and her staff at the Goochland Animal Clinic for seeing us so quickly and spending all the time they did. They were caring and comforting in this sad time.

We layered the top of her grave with 4 types of early Spring flowering bulbs, Fall blooming crocus and pansies. I'll post photos when they bloom.

I always remember seeing Little John's Grave in Northern England many moons ago and thought I'd plant hers up as well.

Now Mimi will meet up with the Little Guy again in cat heaven.Little Guy "LG Howard" Williams
1989 - 9/2003

I searched You Tube for a few to send out for Mimi:
  1. Gary Numan: "Cry the Clock Said"
  2. Madonna "The Power of Good-Bye"
  3. Madonna "Take a Bow"
  4. Elton John "Funeral for a Friend"

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Alstroemeria - Peruvian Lily

Here is a great shot of one of my two containers of Alstroemeria. I had started these as bulbs in one container 2 or 3 years ago. I then divided the one into two. They are really beautiful and ready to divide again. Next summer I should have 4 containers! Maybe I'll buy a pack of bulbs of another color.

I did buy them mail order. I'll try and look up my records and see where I got them.

I do take them into the house in the winter. They do suffer as most of the plants do when they are inside but they come right back once they can be out again.

I also finished the circus bag for the preschool this week-end!!

The "Going To The Circus" fabric I picked up at Jo-Ann's is so adorable. I just can't believe it came out as well as it did. I don't sew that often and only do simple things. My machine works and my MIL gave me some pointers and here it is!

The teacher at preschool has a circus theme this year in her room. She gave me a standard white pillow case and asked if I or my MIL could decorate it something circus-y. Since the white pillowcase did not inspire me, I decided to see what kind of cool fabric I could buy and make a bag.

She told me today that it is the "best circus bag ever" which was sweet. I mostly like the fact that it is a one of a kind bag.

Speaking of circus...

Did you know that Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Boom a Ring Circus is coming to the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville in December? I think we need to go. Tickets go on sale 10/13 unless you have a pre-sale offer.

I also just heard that the Rocket Man himself, Elton John, is playing there Friday October 17. Him we do need to go see.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Late Summer Flowers ready for their close ups

These are a few photos taken Sunday in the yard. The macro setting on the new camera in a wonderful thing.

I love the color combination of pink and yellow in this lantana.

and the pink double impatiens that resemble mini roses.

This peach colored portulaca moss rose with a hint of pink

the purple passion flower native to the area (WAY too invasive)

Monday, September 1, 2008

Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime - You May Ask Yourself - How Did I Get Here?!

As much as I say my blog is about my gardening only, excuse me as I digress...

"Same as it ever was..." David Byrne...

Too many of the people on the most recent paths I've crossed, seem to be taking themselves too seriously. A counterpoint to that is that many of the bloggers I'm watching are frequently making cool rock-n-roll references so I thought I'd chime in with my most recent rock n roll lyrical references that I hadn't thought about in many years. Sounds like we / they need to hear David Byrne asking one of the age-old questions:

"...You may ask yourself, WELL, how did I get here..."
Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime...
Please go on to you tube and reacquaint yourself or watch for the first time:
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime.

or the live version:

Terri, Cliff, Eric? if you read this, let me know. I'm sure you're "WAY ROFL". I thought it was part of the way back machine too.

If you really want a laugh, how about J. Geils Band: No Anchovies, Please.
Why it is funny? I do not know. It just is.