I have a faith post and a food post that I want to do, but there’s enough family news (and more) to make it a priority.
Juliet got bangs.
She’s quickly leaving the baby girl years
and is heading into the murky waters of the pre-teen.
William is looking forward to finishing with maternal school and heading into CP (the 1st grade equivalent).
It also means he will be able to do soccer like his big brother.
I usually teach on Saturday mornings so I can’t go to the games.
But I’m so glad we could finally go and watch him play.
Since he won’t read this until he’s older – if then – I can say in confidence (between you and me) that he’s not a strong soccer player.
But he loves it and he gives his whole heart. And what is more honourable than that?
He looks so innocent, but he bit our neighbour without warning and drew blood. I’ve been sick about it today, but they were very gracious. I’m going to bring them a card and cookies and we will make sure it never happens again. Juliet was walking him, but from now on, only we will walk him and he will be on a tight leash the whole time. I’m pretty sure he was afraid of the hedge trimmer the neighbour was using. We’re also going to get advice from three dog experts before we rashly give him away.
Gabriel, while not super strong at soccer, is amazingly good at trumpet. In France you have to go before a jury each year to pass to the next level in the conservatories. He got the highest mark, with a special mention from the judges. And it’s true his sound was so sweet and pure. And he had the hiccups when he took the exam! I was so proud.
In other family news, I’m enforcing 15 minute reading sessions daily. I brought a wicker basket upstairs for that purpose so they would have a good choice every time they sit down to read. They do seem to be reading more.
Our garden is green and sweet-smelling right now. I took these at night, so here is the light through the kiwi
and the fence with kiwi growing up and hazelnut leaves hanging down.
Here are the hazelnuts
and the peaches.
and the weaker apricot tree, which has never successfully brought apricots to maturity. They always fall out of the tree. I notice that a lot of the branches are dead and the leaves curled inwards. I’ll see if a radical trim will do the trick.
I think this is Rose of Sharon, which immediately makes me think of Grapes of Wrath, and Roseasharn, who breastfed an old man.
A neighbour gave it to us and it just blossoms all summer.
The most beautiful blooms!
Over here, this moss-covered weed-fest looks amazing now. I covered it with tarp, and then covered that with bark. I poked holes to let the geraniums through
and behind it the lavender is really thriving, despite the fact that it doesn’t get all that much sun.
I love the purple against the white lavender.
I do plan on planting bright red and yellow annuals in a wooden box my husband built for me, but for the moment I am really a fan of blue, pink and white flowers. These are the petunias I planted near the studio, whose shutters will one day be painted bright blue.
Oh yes, and there are the bright orange nasturtiums that pop up on their own each year. I kind of like those too. I like how they close up each night and open again each morning.
Those will stay . . . and that’s about it for news.
Wait! That’s not true. Our area got hard-hit with a hail storm last night. Here is one of the bigger ones we found after it was safe to go out.
Tonight it’s supposed to be a more severe storm with even bigger hail and for a longer time. It’s a good thing I took pictures of my garden
because I don’t expect to see it in such good shape again this year.