July 31, 2016 (213/366)
"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education." ~ Luther Burbank
July 16, 2016 (198/366)
As I've mentioned, we love our new home and were thrilled with the updates that were made inside the house; however, the landscaping was minimal -- a cross between a blank canvas and a clean-up/demolition. We're taking it slowly, starting with the front entrance, a fence around the backyard for Piper, and this new, green and white garden. We still have to place stone steppers around the fire pit, but we're almost finished...for now. Next summer, we'll tackle the woods in the back and the dreaded orange ditch lilies.
July 15, 2016 (197/366) Nice
For the third time in 18 months, I am deeply sadden by the violent attacks that have claimed so many lives and caused so much fear and anxiety in France. This time the target was Nice as families celebrated their national holiday. I have many fond memories of trips to Nice: of strolling down the Promenade des Anglais searching for sea glass; of swimming in the Mediterranean before dozing off upon the smooth galets; of the worst sunburn of my life (maybe not such a fond memory); of celebrating Mardi gras with students in 2009; of visits to the Russian Orthodox church and the Matisse museum; of Provençal fabric, the perfume of homemade soaps and freshly cut flowers, and the taste of lavender ice cream, white peaches and garinguettes in the markets of Old Nice. Once again, my heart goes out to the people of France.
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