Weekend Snapshot: Going Home

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My daughter and I have had the great opportunity this month to visit my parents a couple of times a week and to swim after I work. Dad says the door is always open; it always is. I love to swim laps while Della plays hard with my folks in the water. It doesn't get better than that for me and my gal. He and I take turns forgetting the name of this flower in his garden. Before I forget again: it's a clematis!

Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon...
the two most beautiful words in the English language.
(Henry James)

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  1. Anonymous3:37 AM

    it looks lovely!

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  2. beautiful blue flower!!!

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  3. Beautiful flower and beautiful summer afternoons.

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  4. Lavinia at Birdbath Chronicles has had a couple of posts featuring these beautiful flowers. Glad you are able to enjoy these summer days with family. We enjoy being closer to the kids and grandkids since we retired. Pappy

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  5. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Beautiful shot of the clematis. I like the quote too!

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  6. Oh I LOVE that quote! I have been thinking of using it on my blog too! the shot of the flower is beautiful! I'm glad you are spending time with your daughter and your Mom and Dad! I was able to spend part of the day with my Mom yesterday...we had a wonderful time!

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  7. andy, my weekend snapshot will be up soon but I just had to comment on the shear pleasure you express in your post. And what a gorgeous flower! :)

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  8. that's one of the few flowers i know the name of...lovely color. i love swimming in our heat-taking a swim aerobics class then like to lay in the sun to dry off.

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  9. You are always so good at finding (and recalling) names of flowers, poets, authors, artists. I am truly impressed. Me? I make it up as I go along; today it is a purple flower as well - I am calling it a purple cascade (shortened from "purple-cascade-aligned-thingie")

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  10. I love clematis. I wish they grew in Hawaii. Sounds like a lovely way to spend a summer day.

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  11. beautiful colour! I have trouble remembering names of plants... :)

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  12. Anonymous2:09 PM

    Your Dad has lots of photogenic flowers in his garden. Here's one more example. It's great you've been there to document them.

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  13. That's great to be able to spend time at your parents and swim. Clemantis is a favorite of mine. I used to have 4 different varieties (including one that looked similar to that one). I had mine over a period of 15 years (die back to stem in winter and come back in the spring). One by one mine were lost to various weather issues. It was a treat for me to see your parent's clematis. I'll have to look at my old photo archives and see if my deep purple one really was the same as that one. I didn't have a very good camera when I took most of the shots of mine climbing up the green house but I got some ok shots.

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  14. I was going to ask if it's a Clematis but then you wrote your own reminder. I love those! My mom has Wisteria and I never can remember its name (in fact I asked hubby before I wrote that), I always want to call it Hibiscus, and as you know those are way different.

    Beautiful shot!

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  15. Well, Sandy, I do think I've met your hubby "Jump Back." Don't ask me how I fell across his blog but there was a casual, bearded, handsome man leaning on a chair back, maybe, and talking about The Sunflower. You know I've not mentioned this but I taught that book to my classes (most of whom are educated, retired Jewish ladies). We discussed "forgiveness" of course and "redemption" which isn't a concept that the ladies in my classes were entirely familiar with nor were they interested in offering it to the Nazis who perpetrated the Holocaust. Redemption, while not a completely Christian idea, speaks maybe to us who were brought up Christian. But it leaves something to be desired to some Jews, or at least to some of the ladies in my class with whom I discussed this wonderful book. :)

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  16. Clematis is an aristocrat of the garden. Always beautiful and graceful.

    Someday you'll invite me over to see your dad's garden :lol:

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  17. Any time, Digital! (That's his sunflower below--some bird or other must have dropped the seeds off when nobody was looking!)

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  18. Anonymous9:48 PM

    I love that shot! I am glad you and your little girl are having such a nice time with your folks. What a gift!

    P.S. My password is not wanting to work. Hmmmm, I typed it in about 5x.

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  19. Anonymous9:49 PM

    P.S. Forgot to sign my name.

    Viola

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  20. I love visiting my parents. Even though I've grown much older, they still treat me like a kid. It's great to have them around.

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  21. Anonymous10:22 PM

    What a blessing that the two of you can spend so much time with your parents!

    I have a clematis in the backyard that returns year after year. My hubby ALWAYS forgets the name and continually refers to it as the morning glory!

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  22. Anonymous11:55 PM

    lovely flower, sandy!
    happy Monday!

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  23. If the world was flat I'd probably swim off it..... Lovely flower! Have a nice weekdays ahead...

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  24. Seems pretty enjoyable being able to meet up with your folks a couple of times per week and enjoy a good time! :)
    Lovely flower, hope you'll won't forget the name anymore..heeehee

    Enjoy the week Sandy!!

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  25. Anonymous12:59 AM

    beautiful

    Visit me in here Thanks

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  26. what a nice weekend u had...

    Mine in here Thanks

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  27. I'm going home too! :)

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  28. Anonymous2:56 AM

    A flower by any other name will look as beautiful. :) Nice color.

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  29. Lovely rich color and sharp detail.
    Excellent.
    Thank You for sharing this.

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  30. Anonymous4:08 AM

    You captured the flower so beautifully!

    My WS pictures are posted in these blogs:
    Le Kulitszie Familie
    Shutter Happenings
    Jenn Was Here

    Hope you can drop by. Have a great week ahead!

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  31. I love the colour! I took some pictures of some purple ones last month but didn't know what they were called (and hadn't bothered to look it up yet) so thanks for that too. :)

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  32. wow i love the details and the sharpness. It's a beauty!

    http://hipncoolmomma.com/?p=1963

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  33. lovely!!!

    here's mine! http://www.walkonred.com/2008/07/weekend-snapshot-dine-in.html

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  34. It sounds like a perfect time spent well.. I have these flowers in my back... or I did. " havenot grown back this year.

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  35. lovely! it's my first time to see a blue flower. i hope i can see a real one soon. come visit me too

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  36. Loved the story of your weekend! And the deep blue of that flower is simply beautiful! I never remember clematis either!

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  37. the petals looks like purple leaves. amazing how God created each flower uniquely.

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  38. Very fine picture, the blue of the clematis is amazing!
    (About my post you're right, there are many of those roses near the beaches, but that one was here in Turin at Parco Ruffini.
    Have a nice day!

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  39. Maybe you will not forget now?

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  40. Beautiful! These are the ones that climb over trellises, right?

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  41. Very beautiful clematis, too. We have a clemtais just like it, same deep purple color.

    The summer swimming sounds fun.

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  42. Anonymous10:19 AM

    i love the color!

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  43. love the color! have a great week ahead! :)

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  44. clematis! thanks for sharing such a beautiful flower with us!

    Jean Chia

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  45. Anonymous11:14 AM

    thats a pretty blue flower i like it especially the color is my favorite. tc

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  46. The fella in the corner of the graffiti on my PH post is a photographer, I think, Sandy. :)

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  47. Beautiful clematis Sandy. I've seen different colors of Clematis in the nursery!
    Scrapbooking and Photography

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  48. i think its a clematis. weve got different color here and it crawls in front of porch. great weekend sandy. here is ours At Home and at the Carnaval.

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  49. beautiful flower...

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  50. Sounds wonderful, what a great way to spend your afternoon. I have several clematis growing on trellis on my patio, next to them I have honeysuckle, they fill the afternoon air with such a wonderful fragrance. When you come over to eat at my sons restaurant, we will spend the rest of the afternoon sat on the patio smelling and enjoying the flowers. Glass of wine or will it be a cup of tea Sandy?

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  51. Anonymous4:09 PM

    Hi Sandy! That's a beautiful Clematis! Sad that ours 'died' a year ago, too little sunlight :(

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  52. That is beautiful! It has been a crazy weekend. But I am back. Have a great day!

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  53. wow it almost looks painted. Nice shot

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  54. That is one terrific snapshot. The blue is so vivid & deep.

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  55. beautiful ♪♫♫♫♫♪

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  56. Anonymous11:18 AM

    wow, I love that purple....:)

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  57. The perfect bloom to depict the essence of "summer afternoon." I'm glad you and your daughter are having such a good time with your folks. That's really special.

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  58. This is so full of love and "home". The trouble with being subscribed to the site is that I read the posts as they come in and need to remember to come and comment!

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  59. wow i love that color and they are so pretty.
    Oh i would love to swim in a pool miss that.
    I have been wondering how you manage to visit everyone on the blogs as much as i try i can't seem to get to them all.

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  60. Love the color. I have several of these plants but mine are all shades of pink.

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