Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Thank you for stopping by.
Pink Granite will be on hiatus for a bit, due to a medical situation.
I look forward to being back in the swing of things very soon.
- Lee

Monday, July 5, 2010


The heat wave has brought out the best in the garden, even if things are blooming a little early. The hostas have all thrown their flower spikes. Those trumpet shaped lavender flowers have already attracted hummingbirds. However, this photographer has yet to be in the right place at the right time, with camera in hand, to photograph said hummingbirds!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

Today’s Independence Day party at Carrie and Al’s was very much like last year’s celebration had been: excellent! Though I believe today was quite a bit warmer - 94F / 34C! The food was great; the people cheerful; the babies and kids (too numerous to count) were all adorable. And we got to meet Murphy! He has ridiculously soft fur and is even cuter in person.

Unfortunately the heat got the better of us and we decided to leave before the fireworks shows began all along Narragansett Bay. But, based on last year, we bet they looked something like this:

That's a waxing gibbous moon right in the heart of the fireworks and the water’s edge below (7/4/2009)

Thanks Al and Carrie!
We’ll be there for July 4, 2011
- and so will Bambalina! ;o)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

What’s In A Name?

It looks like Morning Glory, but according to a knowledgeable gardening friend, it’s actually Bindweed. I don’t know. They’re both part of the genus Convolvulus. But one is prized and the other is a weed. It’s not bothering anything. It’s just hanging out in the wilder brush behind the Day Lilies; looking pretty and doing its pretty plant thing. I like it. So say hello to the lovely Convolvulus - a rose by any other name...

Friday, July 2, 2010

Bella Luna

As we were leaving the house early this evening, I was startled when this Luna Moth (Actias luna) fluttered past me and landed on the driveway in our dooryard. Chuck quickly handed the camera to me and I snapped a few photos. When we returned home several hours later, the Luna was up on the barn door, resting in the spill of light from the old fixture.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Place To Start

Ever since the BP oil disaster began in the Gulf of Mexico, I have felt overwhelmed by it. The can-do, girly-girl solution side of me wanted to rig up something involving a giant funnel, a long hose, some duct tape and wrestle the gushing catastrophe into submission. As days turned into weeks I began to despair. I still have no idea when the engineers and scientists will either control and capture the gushing oil or somehow stop it from flowing into the Gulf and damaging or destroying everything in its ever enlarging sprawl.

In the meantime - and I fear for a long, long time to come - people and animals and the Earth need help. Charity Navigator has assembled a list of where we can “Make A Donation To Help Threatened Wildlife, Impacted Ecosystems And Damaged Economies”.
It’s a place to start.