The cold has seeped into my bones and i'm needing to eat a good dinner. i'm pulling out one of my favorite chicken dishes, which you can read
about by clicking on that place setting over in the right hand column.
They say that more snow is on the way in the meantime the remnants of a few of last summer's purple coneflowers are on stage in their tutus and fancy head dress
One of the stars carries her winter bouquet
Just a few feet away:
The thymes must have very warm hearts they burn through the snow faster than most of the perennials in the garden and i wish i knew the specific name for this one it's winter foliage is like no other i've ever had. i would bring more into the garden and lay a wider carpet
i will have to use my best sleuthing skills come spring and summer
Note: i've updated this post/made small edits since it was first posted
i interrupt your visit to the garden in order to share with you one of my favorite American teams. No, i'm not talking about football (my favorite gang of guys is now looking to next year)
i'm referring to the
five American women--who are, yes, sisters
with a daily radio show that is not a bit like any other national radio show here in the states. In other words, there is no yelling or screaming about politics or anything else--just good, clean fun and often serious discussion of everyday issues that matter to real people.
i'm plugging their show for 2 reasons:
First: i love it. i listen every day and think that many of you, where ever in the world you live, will enjoy the show too. You can listen on your computer, or download it in iTunes for your mp3 player. (If you have never heard the show before, i suggest you listen first to "Satellite Sisters Podcast 101' first.)
Secondly: the incredibly stupid decision-makers at ABC radio, the Sister's former
distributor, have chosen to take them off traditional "air-waves" in
favor of "masters of the cheap-shot" jockeys like Imus. I have no doubt that they will find another traditional radio home soon but in the mean time, their podcasts are popping up everyday and i, for one, wouldn't miss them. Because, like their motto says, "Not every conversation will change your life, but any conversation can." And listening to their podcast will help them get a new major network gig.
Before a new president took over, ABC was proud to issue a press release after the women won another "Gracie" last year:
ABC Radio’s Satellite Sisters have won another prestigious Gracie Allen Award from American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), for their campaign to support Radio Al-Mahaba, the only radio voice for women in the Arab world. Satellite Sisters have now been awarded eight in seven years, far surpassing all other national radio programs.
Among the 5 sisters, one is divorced, 2 are single and 3 are mothers. Julie has lived for many years in Russia, then Thailand before moving back to the U.S. and is now needing her sister's help as she tries to catch up with pop culture. For 10 years Liz was the Vice President of Global Marketing for Nike; Monica is a nurse who has also worked with companies who manufacture medical equipment and she has introduced us to some really cool music; Lian is a writer, loves all sports, and is raising 2 boys who are in elementary and middle school; and Sheila has been a teacher and principle of a progressive school in NYC before moving to California where she now struggles with an assortment of phobias, gives usually highly personalized but spot-on (in my opinion) movie reviews....and she makes her sisters and audience laugh more often any of the other sisters.
Make no mistake, they are American...and pop culture is a major topic on the show...in other words, a wonderful escape from too much real life.
Yes, i suppose you would call it a "chick show" but any guy who truly loves women (lots of guys call into the show) will probably enjoy it as well.
OK, that's my entertainment tip of the day, month, year: if you like listening to smart, funny, mostly happy people talk about almost anything and everything (excluding most politics) then
Last weekend was my Greenwood weekend i took advantage of the balmy weather and strolled the grounds hunting for cast and carved stone statuary. Given that Greenwood is home to magnificent trees that cast deep shadows that in turn create many secret gardens within a garden i had to wait until for the winter months before there was enough light to photograph without a tripod (yes, i'm lazy).
In one of the darkest corners, just outside the summer house surrounded by thick carpets of moss (a place i rarely visited during the summer) i came upon a structure i had not remembered this peculiar sundial with multiple "dials" and a magnificently sculpted lion
Have you ever seen such a sun clock/calendar before? If so, do you know what it is intended to "clock"?
Update: Of course the Internet is helping track down answers and as soon as i have received enough good information from credible sources, i'll post more about this multiple sundial.