I have labelled the area of interest "1."
Area 1 gets partial morning sun (trees are in the way) and partial late afternoon sun (peeking round a building). There's more of it outside the photo, in the direction of the "Etc." arrow.
The challenge: I would like to attract more birds to my area. And I remember Nipper's Dad saying that "birds like a mess," and places to nest. So here are my thoughts on how to get to that point. Read more about In the garden: Design challenge: Attracting birds
UPDATE Sorry for any brief randomness. More server tuning.
UPDATE Now you can admire my new foam; I went in and fixed the permissions.
Actually, I would like you to admire my new foam. That is, I would have, if the process of rescuing the many images that were almost lost during the server repair had not somehow interfered with the permissions on my files directory so I can't upload the image. Snarl. Read more about Common Household Remedies Request
... so if I have any readers left at this point, please feel free to post and comment. And if the site acts weird, clear your cache and cookies, because after all the crashes, they are probably not in good shape. Read more about Well, it looks like the site is finally stable....
... which I hope will give MySQL a lot more elbow room, and make the site less crash-prone. Thanks for your patience, snarl. Read more about The site will go down again about 9:00PM EST for a disk upgrade...
Chris Ladd writes at the Houston Chronicle. I'll give you his conclusion before I get to his analysis:
This is an age built for Republican solutions. The global economy is undergoing a massive, accelerating transformation that promises massive new wealth and staggering challenges. We need heads-up, intelligent adaptations to capitalize on those challenges. Republicans, with their traditional leadership on commercial issues should be at the leading edge of planning to capitalize on this emerging environment.
What are we getting from Republicans? Climate denial, theocracy, thinly veiled racism, paranoia, and Benghazi hearings. Lots and lots of hearings on Benghazi.
It is almost too late for Republicans to participate in shaping the next wave of our economic and political transformation. The opportunities we inherited coming out of the Reagan Era are blinking out of existence one by one while we chase so-called “issues” so stupid, so blindingly disconnected from our emerging needs that our grandchildren will look back on our performance in much the same way that we see the failures of the generation that fought desegregation.
Something, some force, some gathering of sane, rational, authentically concerned human beings generally at peace with reality must emerge in the next four to six years from the right, or our opportunity will be lost for a long generation. Needless to say, Greg Abbott and Jodi Ernst are not that force.
“Winning” this election did not help that force emerge. This was a dark week for Republicans, and for everyone who wants to see America remain the world’s most vibrant, most powerful nation.
So, OK, that's a rational reason for Pelosi not to have resigned, iron law of institutions aside. And now to his analysis, which begins with a map: Read more about Conservative Texas blogger on Republican triumphalism, the "Blue Wall," and the "Red Fortress"
Some days I feel a little like that Black-Eyes Susan (like I've got to rebuild the site so it stops crashing).
But sometimes I just feel like pushing upward: Read more about In the garden: World weary
Excerpts from "The World Gets the Wars Americans Deserve" by David Swanson:
... the general impression one gets from traveling around and speaking and answering questions at public events in the United States is not so much that people are indifferent to the destruction of the globe as long as they don't miss their favorite television show, as that people are unclear on what destruction means and can't identify a globe when it's placed in a lineup with six watermelons.
The map below shows which party—and candidate—received the most votes in each county in last week's U.S. Senate election, excluding Democrats and Republicans. None of the candidates shown actually won. (Seats in which no third-party candidate received enough votes to register are crosshatched and marked vacant; states in which there was no race are left blank. Colors are randomized.)
It's actually a neat, neat research tool because you can hover over it and see the names of the candidates and their vote totals.* Here's the map: Read more about Map of the mid-terms Senate vote without legacy parties