“Rain Rain go away” a kids nursery rhyme I suppose. Rain has been a part of life forever, and many songs have been written about it. Think of Lena Horne or Ethel Waters singing “Stormy Weather”, or Gene Kelly doing his thing with “Singing in the Rain”. There has to be more songs related to rain, but these are all that come to mind at the moment.

I remember reading of the folks who farmed on the prairies  of Canada and the US, during the calamitous times in the 1930’s. It was dry, so dry that entire fields would drift away in the wind, forming huge clouds of dust and dirt that got into everything. Crops failed without the life giving water, and eventually farmers gave up, and walked away from their farms. They prayed for rain, and day after day they saw clouds form into rain producing clouds, only to see them dry up before any rain would fall. It was the time of the Great Depression that affected not only employment and wages, but farming as well.

Like the thirties, we have seen promised rain that came up, but fell in areas around us, but not on our gardens. This was pretty much a daily occurrence. We have had some rain, and our gardens and lawns turned nicely green. But it was only a half inch since the start of June, our rainiest month.  

A couple of days ago, when it was dusk but with some light still in the sky, I was walking back home from gathering up the mail at our local mail drop, and the light was such that all those plants which were planted on planting day were really looking good due to the judicious watering done by our home owners. Things were really looking up after such a long and brutal winter.

Saturday it was very cloudy and looking like rain once more, I took advantage of a short gap in the clouds when the sun was shining a bit, and wandered out for some images of what our gardens look like now. I got a few I liked and would like to share them with you. These are mainly images of private gardens done by our villa residents. I hope you enjoy them, and that if you are living in our complex, it will encourage you to step out on the next sunny day, go for a walk and see them in person. Better still invite your friends and or neighbours to join you in your walk. It does wonders for your morale!

Mid June landscape @ SPGV  Mid June landscape @ SPGV

Front drive with potted plants               Front entrance with potted plants

Mid June landscape @ SPGV  Mid June landscape @ SPGV

Front entrance, inviting!                         Rear garden and deck at a villa

I’ll try to bring you more of this kind of  thing as the summer wears on, so stay tuned, come back to visit, and if you feel the urge to share, please feel free to share with a friend, by forwarding this blog. There is a link to do this at the top of the page.


You may or may not care for “Magic Acts”, but even if you don’t you might find the illusionist and sleight of hand artist in this video to be interesting at least. He is one of the better ones around and happens to be Canadian too. Take a look: illusions

QUOTE OF THE DAY: In honour of Fathers Day today!

I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers.
T.  D.  Jakes


A young Arab boy asks his father, "What is that weird hat you are wearing?"

The father said, "Why, it’s a ‘chechia’ because in the desert it protects our heads from the intense heat of the sun."

"And what is this type of clothing that you are wearing?" asked the young man.

"It’s a ‘djbellah’ because in the desert it is very hot and it protects the body." said the father.

The son asked, "And what about those ugly shoes on your feet?

His father replied, "These are ‘babouches", which keep us from burning our feet from hot sand in the desert."

"So tell me then," added the boy.

"Yes, my son?"

"Why are you living in Dearborn Michigan, and still wearing all this crap?

Have a Great Day, and be kind to one another, Happy Fathers Day!

Ross Smile


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