Category Archives: Effieland

Two cats and a tiny snake

A very small baby Gopher snake (center, looks like a brown cord between Effie’s and Paladin’s paws) fended its way through Effieland yesterday. Effie, a veteran of carrying a full grown Garter snake around in her mouth, and Paladin, treating the Gopher snake as a living toy, took turns carrying the snake in their mouths and playing harmlessly with it on the ground.  Eventually they freed the tiny reptile, which slithered its way to the fence. Paladin laid on top of the snake. Somehow the snake made it out of Effieland.

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Paladin of the Vineyard

Grape leaves give the impression of a crown as they surround Paladin sitting among the grapevines of Effieland.

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Effie and Paladin: Resourceful at 106° F

106° in sunny Effieland

Effie prefers a nap in her chair to Effieland’s 106° F.

Paladin’s idea of shade tends to be under the bed.

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Effie and Paladin and 102° in Effieland

        It’s 102°– hot, but Effie and Paladin find shade everywhere.

        Our sun-dappled Effie burrows under a poplar.

        Our clever Paladin discovers he can combine some shade with a lookout.

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First sunflower of the season

It’s a little spooky photographing a sunflower, because bees are fans too. I managed this portrait and a couple of others. The bees hummed, but I was not stung.

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Promises

Halvor: I promise I will not drive the tractor until I get my license.

 

Grapes: We will ripen in summer and we will be delightful. You will have many pounds of us from many vines.

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Colors and Vines of Effieland

My cats Effie and Paladin are out with me in 96° Effieland, but defer from blog appearances today in favor of napping in the shade.


Lupines come in so many wonderful variegated and solid colors. . .

 

One of my favorite solids is Cream.

 

More poppies have bloomed since yesterday.

 

Grapevines are expansive throughout Effieland.

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