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Greetings!

Can you believe how fast this summer is going by? I feel like this whole year has been a complete whirlwind and the fun continues in Sandyland!! I hope your summer has been just as wonderful!

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IN MY GARDEN
MEG IS CHILLIN IN MY FRONT GARDEN
by the new varigated Banana tree and coleus pot



MY PORTLAND GARDEN
August 3, 2010


We had a very late start to our garden season with record low temps and chilling spring rains well into June...but mom nature came through as always with a stunning Northwest summer


In my new secret garden space inside the front beds I have been concentrating on potted plantings


LILLIAN AND HER MOTHER MEG
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ANNABELLE HYDRANGEA






























I was smart last year to plant a number of later summer and fall blooming perennials and this month I hope to see it all pay off

Hydrangeas, Trumpet and Oriental Lilies plus the gorgeous grasses are all comininto their glory this time of year. With such a late start to the summer weather I'm glad to have some blooms now when most other gardens are going bare.




My pride and joy are my banana trees which have survived the last 3 winters here in Portland when they really shouldn't have!




BANANA TREES AND "MORNING LIGHT" MISCANTHUS
The grass absolutely glows in the afternoon light. The hardy banana is about 12 feet tall to give you an idea of scale





IN THE STUDIO...some moonbear luvin
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It has been almost 6 months since my trip to Animals Asia Foundation in Chengdu China and I am already looking forward to my next adventure to see the moonbears. After a lot of thought about what to do next for a fundraiser, I decided we should Befriend another Bear at AAF, and this time through a limited production necklace!!


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This original design was inspired by one of the special moonbears at the rescue named "Matilda" . The newsletter is a bit late this month because I was waiting word from Jill regarding the bears name from a photo I took in Feb.

You can read much more about this fundraising and sponsorship project by clicking the red PURCHASE link below


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Weeks of preparation in the design and the videos went into this project. I would love to raise enough to either BEFRIEND or SPONSOR a bear by October 1, 2010.

If you are interested in joining the project but not wanting a necklace you can donate 25.00 at the PAYPAL link below. Your name will be added to the list of contributors.



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Below you can see the stunning display and travel tin this necklace comes in. What a wonderful gift for an animal loving friend. The moonbears are needing our help desperately so every contribution helps and spreading the word about their plight in the bile farms is very important.

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"IN A PERFECT WORLD" Moonbear fundraiser necklace set
50% of the proceeds go to Animals Asia Foundation


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ON THE ROAD..JOIN US AT THE COAST NEXT WEEK

And many of you have been asking where we are traveling to this year. We are keeping our plans under wraps until they are finalized but it promises to be an exciting adventure in far away lands!!

SEALIONS AT NEWPORT BEACH, OREGON
This is what Steve and I plan to look like next week
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But for the time being we are thrilled to spend a week at the coast







It's been well over a year since we have visited our stunning Oregon coastline and we decided to do an escape coming up in a few days!! Yippie!!! These photos are from last year's visits but I will be blogging with FRESH FOTOS from the coast starting Monday


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NEAR OUR BED AND BREAKFAST WE STAY AT
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I'm even going to attempt broadcasting via LIVE STREAMING VIDEO from my beach walks so we will see how that works out.
More details on my blog update later this week



EVEN LILLIAN IS COMING ALONG FOR THE ADVENTURE!
LILLIAN AT CANNON BEACH WITH SON BRYAN
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SEE YOU AT THE BEACH NEXT MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2010

I'M SO READY FOR A ROAD TRIP YOU GUYS!! THIS WILL BE FUN AND I HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US AS ARMCHAIR TOURISTS AND BEACH BUMS. I AM IN SEARCH OF AN OREGON ARTISAN GLASS FLOAT AND EVEN SOME BEAD BOUNTY FOR MY FRIENDS....STAY TUNED !!!




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Biggest of Hugs from,
Sandra Miller and the Graffiti Gang
Steve,Meg,Lillian and Gracie