lunes, 28 de abril de 2014

Wisteria Lane

No, I'm not a Desperate Housewife (although, now that you mention it, Marcia Cross and I did grow up in the same hometown!).  It's just that, at this time of the year, the wisterias on our road are simply breathtaking.

First up is my neighbor José Luis's house.  This purple glicinia is about 8 years old.  The initial flush of color along his front wall in April is traffic-stopping (literally), and there is another more discrete bloom in the summer.

Can you smell it? 

The plumes of flowers were humming with bees.
 Can you spot one in this photo?

Ah, there he is!

The next stop on our wisteria tour is my neighbor Julieta's house (love her name, and her house!).  This is a 4-year-old white wisteria growing over a carport, and it's its first bloom ever (wisterias usually take 5 years to bloom like this).

So, where is my contribution to all ths wisteria-ness?  My humble participant is just one year old, but already has a fan.

sábado, 19 de abril de 2014

Skiing in Valle de Benasque

We took the boys skiing a couple of weeks ago, and I still haven't got all the gear and suitcases put away.  Heck, if we're going to be honest, I still haven't put away our Christmas tree yet, either (it's in its box, hiding behind the sofa).  Embarrassing.

Anyway, it's hard not to take great photos of such beautiful scenery...

This was the view from our mountain-side hotel.

On the slopes in Cerler.
A true New Englander, I had forgotten how much I loved icicles. 
It took great will-power not to grab one to suck on like a kid.

 Believe it or not, this photo was a drive-by. Love the stone houses with slate roofs.