But the red sunrise was a false warning and soon the family arrived, Daughter Kathleen,
and grandsons Aidan (9) and James(6) (with our Denny-the-dog):
and while the boys kept Denny-the-dog preoccupied with a typical boy-dog game of "fetch while we hide":
the adults just sat around and chatted:
Soon the dog was plumb tuckered out":
And so were the boys:
Aidan - minus one shoe - enjoys "Pa's" recluse area where Pa pots and potters and sits and read.
Soon it was time for lunch and we all sat down to a sumptuous roast lamb lunch that Rhonda had prepared:
After lunch, the boys resume play:
Some views of my yard:
English Elderberry tree, left, (4 year old) and potted tomatoes, two of the three rainwater storage tanks. the garden tool shed and a decrepit orange that I've given up on and about to be replaced by either a Flowering Plum (tall tree to right top) or an oriental silk tree or 'Mimosa'.
An example of the Oriental Silk Tree/Mimosa in bloom - they come in a white, yellow, orange or bright pink flower
Mature black olive which is now fruiting
Newest black olive that has just had its first pruning.
Denny, Liquid Amber Tree behind him (4 years old), machinery shed (right) and shade house to the left and Mt Carmel School Science and Library building in background.