Pretty Primroses

Happy  Day!!

During a trip to Winterthur, in Delaware two years ago, I was able to pick up one of these primrose plants:

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Little did I know that it would multiply to this extent in but a mere two years!  Here they are a little bit closer:

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I absolutely love primroses!  I haven’t been able to grow a whole lot of different varieties of them, but there are so many.  One of the gardeners I’ve most admired throughout time is Tasha Tudor.  She was a primrose lover, too, so much so that I believe she was a member of the American Primrose Society.

Look up more about Tasha Tudor.  If you love gardens of any kind, and if you love old-fashioned ways, you will love learning about her.  A gifted artist, she wrote and illustrated numerous books.   I have a few that she wrote, but one of my favorite books is a book about her with gorgeous photographs of her gardens:

If you are looking for a book for summer, think about this one.   It is absolutely beautiful.
In blessed memory of  Tasha Tudor.


The flowers have begun at Town Mouse House!  Here are some photos:

Yellow Roses

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Pink Peonies

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Another Rose

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A Clematis grows at its feet(don’t look at the weeds ;(…….)

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The goal here is to get the clematis to climb up and all over the rose.  It is a stunning sight when that happens!  Entire books have been written about it, in fact!

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Friday Focus

So much is going on – as is the case with everyone, it seems lately.  Getting ready to move Child #1 to new dwelling this weekend.  Oh dear.  This is bittersweet.  While we are so very proud, and happy for said Child, we will be missing this person more than I can put into words.

Meanwhile, our toilet on the main floor went kaput last week.  I am so proud of Joel.  He fixed it!  I only played a small, supporting role in our Plumbing Reality Series, so the credit really goes to him!  The reason I am making such a fuss is that Joel is not usually known for having any sort of plumbing expertise.  This was, and still is quite a big deal here in Town Mouse House:

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This next photo had my nerves on edge…..


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Take a look at the part below.  That part was very difficult to get off the bottom of the tank.  The wrench that was provided with the replacement part was made of plastic, and just didn’t seem to have a good grip on it.


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The wrench was able to “get a grip” and all was well.  As for the remaining stuff, well, Joel went online and studied the tutorials.  This is not the first time this part needed replacing, and now the manufacturer does not even sell it in its former form.  The reason(they told me at the plumbing supply store) is that the previous part was not very well-constructed.  Now we can get our lives back “In Order!”  Here is the newly equipped inside of the tank.  Pretty, huh?

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And here is the commode back in flushing order!

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And here is the sign on the top:



Sing it like Neil Diamond…..

Hope your plumbing works well today!