It was so exciting to see these fire-cracker roses on the two bushes I planted a couple of years ago. I had never been able to get them to bloom. Now I know why. The day after I took these photos the booms were gone, and so were all the buds. My best guess is that a squirrel finds them tasty. How he manages to get around the thorns, I do no know. I put some black pepper on the leaves hoping that any new buds might be protected. We will have to see how that goes.
I have been feeling a little under the weather for a while now, catching every cold that happens to pass my way. I have a doctor’s appointment soon. Hopefully I will get my energy back, so that I will able to share something creative on this blog again.
Rick is still painting in his limited spare time. He just put up these two paintings this weekend. He had to get out the ladder to hang them up on the high wall in the living room. I put the corner of the banister in the photo to give you all some idea of scale. I wish there wasn’t an air vent in the middle of this wall. I guess we could get a contractor to try and remove it, but it seems like it might be expensive to do.
If you click on the photo and go to the original size in flickr, you will be able to see the detail of the face better. I think Rick has a unique style of painting and sense of color. You can also see more of the leaves blowing in the wind in the other painting. Sorry that part of the photo is a little blurry and you cannot see the detail on the girl’s dress.