Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Hosta flowers

We do have a lot of hostas in our forested yard by the creek.

There are many with interesting leaves, and I do like the flowers. We have been culling boring hostas and filling in with other perennials bit by bit. It is a multi-year process. This is getting to the end if year 9.

Potato flowers

I am assuming these potato flowers are purple because the potatoes under the ground are. we are hoping this experiment works.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Inside Out was a great movie

We saw Inside Out on Saturday.  I think we had the same thought as many, to go see a movie on a rainy day.  The 12:30 and 1:30 showings at Brandwine Town Center Regal were sold out when we got there! We went to the Penn Cinema Riverfront in Wilmington at 1pm. I guess that bodes well for the Inside Out that it is so popular on week 2, though I also wonder if rainy days are good for summer blockbusters.

The movie was even better than I would have thought from the millions of trailers and promos on Disney channel.  The idea of seeing inside someone's head to see the thought process and the interplay of emotions is a clever one, and I think the movie used it too good effect.  As others have said, having a common language to talk about emotions and what motivates us helps in conversations with 6 year olds (and 46 year olds), and also provides some good comedic fodder.

As with every Pixar movie, there was enough loss and poignancy to make even the most hard-hearted person break into tears in a public movie theater,  Even when you could see it coming the loss still got you.  As for me, I had one takeaway (spoilers).

Remember Bing Bong...

And now for something completely different.

What's with all of the trees?

Is four posts in a row about trees down due to two recent storms enough?  Please comment if you want more or less or this is just right.

It is just that the trees down was one of the more interesting things happening that I could get an interesting picture of, that we can "oh, wow!" over without including deep commentary.  My biggest worry is that I personally can't just look at a tree, factor in the past, current and upcoming weather conditions and tell you whether it is going to fall.  As a person who lives on a lot with many trees close to my house, this is somewhat worrying.  I am sure it will be fine.

I hope some of the next posts will be on other topics.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tree down across the creek

This tree broke from its stump and fell down in last night's storm. It is across the creek from us.

You can see it broke off partway up the tree.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tree down across creek

Neighbors across the creek told us about this tree that fell down in the storm last week also.

It looks like it snapped off halfway up this tree which has been rotted out at the bottom for years. I am surprised it took so long.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Another tree down from this week

This house on Weldin had a tree fall onto the house earlier this week during that storm. For two days it was just laying there, but now they finally covered the affected part of the house.

It's always amazing to me that the tree looks perfectly fine until it falls over and brings that huge flat part if the routes tilting up with it.

I would imagine that there is a deeper root that goes into the ground for a big tree like this, but it always seems that the roots are flatter and shallower.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One more tree down from last night's storm

This tree fell last night during the storm. Lynn saw it fall on her drive home in the storm. It is just on Baynard up towards Marsh Rd. in Carrcroft.

You can see it crushed the little pool they have outside.

It is harder to see from the front that the tree also destroyed a room on the side of the house.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tree down at the end of the lane

Two trees with a combined root system fell down in the storm and winds last night. I might have heard it but it is four or so houses down the street. I thought I heard cracking limbs but thought it was falling branches closer to me.

Lynn is standing for scale. The trees just missed the house on the other side and fell to the right of the garage of the person's house.

We had no trees fall in our yard, just branches so we consider ourselves lucky.