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We’ve been busy in Carpenter Country this week, with a new project underway and an older project coming into the editing stage. But we still made time to admire nature’s art. We know, of course, that spiders communicate through the world wide web, and that every modern spider has a web site. We were still in awe of the size of this spider-silk creation we discovered in the plumbago. The patient spider sat in the very center while we snapped her picture.


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Meanwhile, over in the lantana, the ants were as busy as we were, gathering nectar from the flower buds, and completely missing the wily stink bug who was watching them. See those antenna sticking up behind the cluster of buds on the right side of the picture? That’s Mrs. Stinkbug, keeping an eye out to make sure the two industrious ants left enough nectar for her afternoon snack.

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The liriope bloomed this week, coloring the garden with charming stalks of purple flowers. Did you know liriope is also called lilyturf? The name liriope came from a nymph in Roman mythology. She was the mother of Narcissus.

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We’ve had a stunning show of hibiscus this summer too. These beauties bloom in fairly regular flushes, though each blossom lasts only a day.

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What beauty did you make time to admire this week?



***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at

Also by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.


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