It hasn’t rained here in a month–this is not usual and not unusual in high summer. The house painters painters have made a huge mess. Everything is covered in dust and old chipping paint–despite a rinse with the hose. I’m choosing to view it as part of the flux of a garden instead of lamenting the damage. I will be away while the the painting is done–my next Monday post will be in two weeks and I hope there will be a happier tale to tell.