story takes four children: Amanda, Peter, Laura and
Jason from New York City to a small town in west Texas
and describes good times and bad times as they grow
from childhood to adulthood
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In Virginia Bickel?s second book, she turns from
historical fiction to mystery. Come September is the
story of Daniel Lindsey?s quest to identify the young
woman found unconscious in front of his store, and to
find out what she was doing on Mesa Street, in El
Paso, Texas. She brings to this genre her skill with
character development and dialogue. You won't be
Please click on the thumbnails to view the pictures full size.
Here are two photos, taken on the evening of the 7th of
June 2001, of the smaller of the two greenhouses, showing the Regals in
full flower. The first one was taken through the open door, and the second
taken through the glass from the garden path. It's still not the time of
year to let the good fuchsias, that are going to be taken to shows, come
into flower. I'm going to hold them back until closer to the end of July
or the beginning of August. However the Regal Pelargoniums are in full
flower at this time of year, and most of them will carry on flowering till
the end of the season I've always found Regals to be an excellent
investment, you can propagate them with cuttings taken in the month of
August, and have plants like the ones in these pictures by the following
June. I usually take about six cuttings from each plant, this gives me
dozens of new plants the following year for the cost of just the one,
original plant. The cuttings root very easily and anyone could do this and
keep the cuttings on their window-sill.
These two shots, taken on the same evening of 7th
June 2001, are of the inside of the larger of the two greenhouses. As you
can see there is a lot of colour in there from the Regals. The first
picture is of the lefthand side of the greenhouse and the second one is of
the righthand side. Please note the nearly black flowers of Black Knight
which is about halfway down on the left-hand side. I always find it
difficult at this time of year to house all the plants I want to keep
inside, but the flowers of Regals mark very easily and so I have to make
space for them and keep them out of the rain. You can also see in these
photos that the standard fuchsias that were started off last April, are
now forming nice sized heads. Some of those standards may be ready for the
Moorgreen Show, which isn't held until the end of August. This is nearly
three months away and in that time they may have made the desired growth
to be good enough to exhibit.
This first picture includes part of my vegetable garden,
and it was also taken on the 7th of June 2001, it's taken from about
halfway down the garden path and looking up towards the house. The
standards that are being grown for this years shows can be seen against
the ivy-covered outbuilding on the left. They are looking first class for
the time of year and I'm hoping that if nothing goes wrong, they are going
to win prizes when they are exhibited. You can also see in this photo that
the small vegetable seeds have germinated and the plants are just poking
through the soil in the vegetable garden. I live in a ground floor flat,
the window on the left with the net curtains is my spare bedroom, the
middle one is the bathroom and the one on the right the kitchen. The open
doorway leads into the kitchen.
The final picture is of me, and was also taken on the
7th June 2001. Please disregard the smear from the blackbird crap on my
shirt. I appear to have become a parental icon to the birds. The
young from one of the nests in the ivy have just started leaving the nest
and flying around the garden, they seem to think I'm one of their parents
and keep settling on my head and shoulders and leaving little Doodoos on
me. They must need their eyes testing.
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