Sunday signage

Sign on the restroom/washroom building by the Towpath Trail.

I’ve never before seen a sign warning about the dangers of using the loo.  I’d hate to be in there when that alarm goes off.

If I were to name this summer, I think I’d name it The Summer of Queen Anne’s Lace.  It’s everywhere.  In the meadows, lining the roadsides, and (unfortunately!) in my garden keeping the asparagus company.  The Queen Anne’s Lace doesn’t seem to mind the hot and dry conditions we’ve been experiencing.  If anything, it appears to be thriving.

Legend has it that Queen Anne, the wife of King James I, was challenged by her friends to create lace as beautiful as a flower. While making the lace, she pricked her finger, and it’s said that the purple-red flower in the center of Queen Anne’s Lace represents a droplet of her blood. Also called Wild Carrot (since Queen Anne’s Lace is the wild progenitor of today’s carrot), Bishop’s Lace or Bird’s Nest (for the nest-like appearance of the bright white and rounded flower in full bloom), in the language of flowers, Queen Anne’s Lace represents sanctuary.

Source: The Language Of Flowers

Queen Anne’s Lace in abstract

The milkweed is doing well, too.  The pods are formed and growing.

Staring down the sedge grass

We had a little rain this morning.  Just enough to dampen the laundry I had just hung on the clothesline.  I was hoping the laundry would be an invitation for a super soaking rain.  We’ve tried just about everything else (washing the car, watering the garden, rain dances, etc.).

Muskrat having lunch

I took a long, slow walk around the pond earlier.  Muskrat was busy chowing down on the pond weeds so I tiptoed around him and left him to it.  Although we don’t like having muskrats in the pond (the digging of their dens undermines the banks/dam of the pond), it’s good to see someone eating those pond weeds.  I’ve been lax about muckraking this year, and something needs to be done about the abundant growth of weeds at the edge of the pond.

It looks a lot like late August here at Breezy Acres.  The grasses are brown, some of the leaves are changing color, and the harvest is more like that of August than July.

Today’s view of the pond

I haven’t been swimming in the pond yet, but I hear the water is clear, cool, and surprisingly refreshing considering how hot it’s been.  Usually the top layer of water is pretty warm by now, with the cooler stuff below (the pond is 13 feet deep in the middle, for those inquiring minds who want to know).  M says the cloudiness of the past few days must be keeping the top cool.

Leaves on the burning bush are changing color.

I guess that’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks for visiting and joining me on my walk.  More photos from today’s walk (as well as the abstract that showed up in yesterday’s header) can be found here.   I don’t think you need to be signed in to Flickr to access The Daily Walk photo set.  I signed out and checked and it worked fine for me, but if you have trouble, let me know.  To be honest, on days like today when I post a walk here a Ye Olde Blogge, you probably aren’t missing me much if you skip The Daily Walk I set up at Flickr.


I hope your Sunday has been a good one.  🙂

A found feather


38 Comments on “Sunday signage”

  1. Kathy says:

    Smiling at the “stay out of the loo” sign, but delighted at the muskrat photos! Way cool, Robin!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy. 🙂

      Although there are reasons for me not to be delighted with the muskrat, I have to admit I was pleased as punch that it stayed long enough to pose for pictures. Usually the only thing I see of them that close up is the splash as they dive under the water.

  2. Gracie says:

    Beautiful, Robin! Love the photo of the Queen Ann’s lace, it looks like a painting! Oh and the abstract you created is wonderful too!

  3. I’d say the potty sign would scare the sh*t right out of me! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend, my friend.

    • Robin says:

      lol, Kathy! I was a little worried about going in to use the loo after reading the sign. What if someone with a lit cigarette came along? Yikes!

  4. Joanne says:

    It’s surprising how much green is around your garden with such a lack of rain. I love your little Muskrat, he looks like he’s having a fabulous time. It’s a shame he doesn’t know how to treat your pond kindly, perhaps you would let him stay if he did. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Joanne. 🙂

      We’ve been watering a lot which has helped keep some things green, but watering doesn’t seem to do the job as well as a good, soaking rain.

  5. Methane gas in the loo doesn’t sound pleasant. I mean, besides the stink, isn’t methane explosive? That could just about ruin your day.

  6. mobius faith says:

    I’m feelin’ some muskrat love. The Queen Annes Lace abstract is amazing. I have no idea how you did it. So very cool.

    And regarding the loo signage – If you hear the alarm it’s probably already too late. 🙂

  7. Elisa's Spot says:

    oooo yay i got to learn about muskrats today ty ty!

  8. A truly lovely post. The Queen Anne’s Lace abstract is very, very nice.

  9. I love the muskrat photos (even though they can be a pest).

  10. Ellen says:

    I loved that you talked about so many things in just a few words and pictures, and all of them interesting.
    Go enjoy the fresh water!!!

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    Gotta love the Queen Anne’s Lace abstract!

  12. bearyweather says:

    Very artistic today … love the abstract (photoshop or something else?) .. really interesting.

    I am living in a hot, humid, and very wet rainforest this summer .. I would gladly send it your way if you would trade me the dryness … the humidity is awful here.

  13. What a contrast. The stop sign red signs with threatening warning are such a giggle – you have to wonder the story behind all that…was it occupied when the methane blew up once?
    Glad you ponds are still cool -here even the beach offers hot water!
    Nice to see some cooling pixs. thanks

    • Robin says:

      PhilosopherMouse: I’m not sure of the story behind that particular loo, but pit toilets often contain methane gas (a result of decomposing waste). Some places collect it to use as fuel. Not sure if they do that there or not, and if that’s the potential cause of the problem. Or maybe it’s a popular toilet and the ventilation system doesn’t keep up with the gas problem…

  14. Anna Surface says:

    Ohhh! I just love all the photos in this post! I just laughed about the signage. Indeed, that would scare the crap out of you if you were in the loo and that alarm goes off. The Queen Anne’s Lace and abstract are beautiful! I love the muskrat… 🙂 The leaves are starting to change color here too, and I thought it was because of the drought. The lovely feather looks like it might be from a hawk.

  15. Carla says:

    I love Queen Anne’s lace and I love the feather photo. Hope you get more rain soon! It’s been raining here every day…

  16. sdobbie46 says:

    Great pictures of the muskrat. We have muskrats in our pond too but they are so shy they dive under the water as soon as they see people. They are cute but destructive.

  17. Dana says:

    Yikes– I wouldn’t want to be in the loo when the alarm went off, either!

  18. kd sullivan says:

    Thanks so much for tracking back to my site!

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