This is the mystery bud. It's on a plant that grew in a pot on our patio table, and we have no idea what it is. I think it's a sunflower -- the plant is tall and skinny, about a foot high, and it could have come from some wayward birdseed distributed by a squirrel. (If so, it will be the first positive thing the squirrels did in our garden.)
We're watching it to see what happens. I'll report back!
Yesterday we met our friends Chris and Linda at the Black Lion pub for Sunday lunch. We sat out on the back patio, and we got there at noon, just as they were opening. So we had the whole patio to ourselves for the first half hour or so. I let Olga off her lead and she explored while we sat. She loves going to pubs, especially since she inevitably gets a few morsels of our food -- in this case several pieces of pork belly and some boneless chicken.
From the patio we had a pretty good view of that apartment building that burned in July. What a mess! Fortunately no one was hurt.
Anyway, today is going to be a busy day at work -- lots of beginning-the-year orientation stuff. I better get in gear!