This is a photo of a distant Kingfisher. I have a closer one, but was shooting into digital zoom and that never produces a satisfactory photo. The sun was very bright, the temperatures into the 30's which is very hot for me. We could not sit out on the patio for our lunch but had to move inside as we had no shade out there. My crab cakes were delicious. The art gallery has a wonderful pink alabaster carving on burled walnut. I was very attracted to this "dreamer" piece of art. I thought the price was very reasonable at approximately $550. When I thought about what would I ever do with it...I decided more people could enjoy it in the art gallery there, than if I took it home. Of course the artist could probably make more of them. I guess I am not the acquisitive type and not a collector. The dreamer was calling my name, though. I may have to go back.
The germander is also in bloom near the hydrangea and buddlia and it is a blue/mauve color and a nice mounding plant that is choking out all the weeds where it grows. After bloom it just needs to be clipped back.. I can do this easily with my hedge trimmer. The yucca just behind the germander finally bloomed this year. It has been in its spot for years. The yucca in the front of the strip between our driveways had three wonderful tall, tall spikes this year. These plants respond very nicely to a good clean up in the spring and a bit of compost for food.
There are, after all, quite a few yellow plums. Most of them are quite high up in the tree though. I shall need some tall man to get up on the ladder to get them. They are ready to eat. We have the ice cream ready too. The purple plums at the front by the street have last a lot of their fruit. Its a bit late for June drop, isn't it? While we were away, the tree did not get the watering I was treating it to, and we had some hot weather too. I watered at the back last Friday and watered out at the front for a couple of hours last evening. I need to get back on a good watering schedule. The apple tree is full of apples, and there seem to be lots of figs that are going to ripen this year. The red currants are ready to be picked.
I have a rum pot going and this year it is being kept in the fridge. I had it out of the fridge for a couple of days and it started getting the bubbles. It is not suppose to do that. So, its back in the fridge again. Here is a quote from a recipe: "Check periodically to make sure there is no extra fermentation taking place. If you see bubbles beginning to develop, you have fermentation. If this happens, add rum that is 151 proof to suppress the fermentation." As there is plenty of liquid, I don't feel I should add more brandy. Here is the link to recipe referred to above.