Several years ago i helped a friend prepare her garden for her daughter's wedding. It was a huge job, since they had just purchased the house and the existing gardens had been neglected, and my friend asked me to design and install a new garden area. It was an exhilarating experience to say the least. Throughout the entire process Carmella the cat supervised my every move. Carmella is Alpha Person on a very large property where many, many other animals live including 4 dogs, 4 Scottish Highland cattle, goats, chickens, geese, ducks and llamas.
Here is my friend's snapshot of Carmie in repose:
Carmie followed me everywhere sniffed out every plant before she let me put it in the ground regularly patrolled the diggings and mulchings to make sure they met with her approval. i started addressing her as "Miss Jekyll" whenever i needed a second opinion for a design dilemma.
Carmie blessed the efforts and the garden was a success and she continues to be one of my best friends.
A couple of winters ago i found myself in need of a winter project and decided to stitch a needlepoint pillow. i sketched out a garden design and because my cats are strictly house cats (we live on a very busy street) Carmie became the garden cat for my pillow. i've spent the last two winters and rainy summer days stitching it. This past week during one of the blessed rain storms i filled in the last corner of the pillow.
Kirby, with his indifference lets me know it's just fine to bring Carmie into the house well at least this far.
Except for the black-eyed Susans, coneflowers and violets
i had fun creating loads of my own posies.
Thanks to all of you for your kind comments about my "wildlife photos.
i can't call myself a wildlife photographer for several reasons mostly because i simply do not have the patience.This year, it was serendipity that i was home on launch day. Also, i do not own the incredible lenses needed for capturing images of wildlife. Gratefully, the wren houses are at eye level and the wrens seem to welcome my close presence.