One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Meanwhile, At the Nest…

My computer’s running a little faster and smoother this evening, although you can see from this image that the monitor is still a little substandard and color-blind. I invested in a 4 GB USB flash drive this evening. My CD burner hasn’t been reintroduced into my computer set-up since the move, partly because it didn’t seem to be working so great beforehand.

But at least the new gadget, reasonably priced at $39, I thought…has allowed me to get all the summer’s great photo files off the hard drive, without having to just delete them. While I was at Staples, I did drool a little over the monitors…but I’ll have to wait a little while longer on that, in hopes of a nice sale or special or something.

After some dinner tonight, I broke out one of the stencil sheets I picked up at AC Moore a little while back and poured a out a bit of the red brick and the peach colored paints, side by side in a pan and then used the blend to stencil some small maple leaves onto the living room walls.

As you can see, I had a little fun with the remainder of those two colors and their blendings, when I decided to see what sort of results I could get using a plastic knife to lay on some tree trunks, as I hope to evoke more of that Tree House feeling the place has.

I also used some white paint to stencil on some leaves…I’ll also stencil some in a shade or two of green, eventually, over those…and all this will be blended backward into the wall once I apply the eventual top color.

I suspect it may be difficult to explain in advance, and may seem a little busy on the face of things. I ask you to watch and see and be patient. I have a feeling about how this will play out, and so far, those feelings or instincts seem to be serving me well, at least as regards the painting. Is it creativity, or madness? And what exactly is the difference supposed to be there, anyway? Lately, I’m more uncertain than ever. But mostly, I’m okay with that.

Forecasts indicate that some tropical weather coming up the coast in our direction will bring a generally crappy weekend, weather-wise. Fortunately, I have this left-over image of the bay last Saturday evening that I’ve been meaning to share with you.

Do be sure to click to embiggify this one, so you can see all those birds feasting in the tidal shallows just off-shore.

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