Here's the newest exotic plant to be blooming in our midst -- a Brugmansia, or trumpet flower. Dave bought this plant as a tiny sprig and initially put it outdoors, but it was quickly swallowed up by the verdant greenery of our more robust temperate species (the English ivy).
So he moved it to a pot, and it's now growing near the avocado in our living room. It's endured a couple of spider mite infestations but otherwise seems to be doing much better indoors. And yes -- it's blooming! It has this flower, its first, and two large buds that should open any day now.
Dave said he thought he bought one with orange flowers. But we've found that plants we ordered from one particular web site often don't match their descriptions.
In other news, I heard back from the Italian photographer I mentioned in yesterday's post. Her response: "Nobody said this is my picture, it was just put as background (but not by me) by he ones who organized the event. Sorry! talk with Dub Vibes!"
While that may be technically true, I would say using a photo in publicity materials for a photography show certainly implies that the photo depicted is part of the show. Don't you think? Anyway, I'm leaving it alone. The event was months ago and I can't do much about it anyway. I'm not so concerned that I want to make a stink.
My foot is doing better. I think it was just a temporary strain of some kind. My initial suspicion was plantar fasciitis, but if that were the case I'm not sure it would feel better this quickly.
Oh, and I arranged dog care for Olga during Christmas. In the end, I went back to the dog boarding place we used in Notting Hill, even though it costs an arm and a leg, and the woman who runs it always makes me angry. I just couldn't find anywhere else with any availability. I think they take good care of the dog, which is what counts, I suppose.
Finally, here's a fun drawing from the art bulletin board at school. All the kids began with the outline of a fish, which most of them decorated with fins, eyes and abstract patterns of wavy lines and scales. This kid, however, took his fish in a whole different direction -- a mechanical one, from the looks of things. (Is it a "fish tank"?)