Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Local color

Lately we've awoken to clouds, thanks to a cool marine layer ("onshore flow") that pushes in during the night. The clouds burn off sometime around noon and it warms up fast, but then cools off nicely again when a cool breeze starts blowing in from the Pacific come evening. The morning clouds are a huge blessing because they keep our house from heating up; we didn't figure in the amount of solar gain a whole wall of east-facing windows would give us when we built this house! :-/

This morning there was even a fine mist in the air, delicious against my skin even if not enough to settle the dust. We could use a good soaking - it's been at least a month since we've had rain - but everything else about our recent and current weather is just about perfect. In fact, I was going to title this post "Our perfect weather," but thought some of my readers might send me mail bombs in retaliation for flaunting it! (If it's any consolation, my MIL is here from Phoenix for a week's visit and will probably freeze to death.)

My path to and from the barn takes me past my row of lavender. This Queen Ann's Lace needs to be pulled up, but it does look pretty against the purple.

I love the yellows echoing in this photo, from the pansies at the front walk, to the daylilies, to the sunflowers up in the garden (you can click to biggify). I need to remember to plant yellow pansies in that pot again next year!

That's it for now from . . .


thecrazysheeplady said...

We could definitely use some of your weather. Ugh.

Tammy said...

Smart move on retitling the post! ;-) Actually we got a half inch of much needed rain this morning after a bizarre lightening show. Temps are still hot and muggy though. Loved the pix of this post, as they are different views than I've seen of your farm. Is that your driveway to the road in the top one with Russell?

Michelle said...

Tammy, in the top photo I'm at the barn looking up the "barn leg" of the driveway. It meets the driveway loop that enters from the road and curves up to the house which is to the right of the photo; if you go up the visible driveway and hang a left, it goes on up to the road.

June said...

I tried to email you, but it bounced back. Maybe it'd work better if you emailed me?
shespinswool at yahoo dot com (Thanks for the message on my blog.)