Mark & Cora’s Garden


For the moment we are staying in McKinney, Texas with Mark and Cora, my brother and sister-in-law. It is hot by our Fort Yukon standard with temperatures in the 90’s/30’s but this is quite nice for Texas. Birds sing all day long; in fact, they are absolutely symphonic. Cardinals pipe, jays complain, doves mourn and crows caw. I always liked crows. Of course, the mockingbird leads all the rest. It is the state bird of Texas, a pretender, always mimicking the other birds. It has plenty to say and never seems to repeat itself.

Mark and Cora took a run down old ramshackle that nobody else wanted and converted it into a dream home which they paid for with their own blisters and sweat and time. The flowers above were photographed in the backyard garden where long ago nothing existed but a crumbling concrete storm shelter rising out of bare earth and unpleasant weeds. Now they share this revival with their church friends and often have as many as seventy people at a time over to enjoy the beauty of their haven. Texas likes to boast about its hospitality but that quality doesn’t belong to a place, it belongs to hard working and giving people like Mark and Cora.


10 thoughts on “Mark & Cora’s Garden

  1. How beautiful Mark and Cora, I admire them. Your amazing photographs saying us what they created in their garden. Blessing and Happiness for you all. Thank you dear Dave, Have a nice and enjoyable days in the homeland, love, nia

    1. Greetings, friend Nia. Mark can do anything and his place shows it. Hoping Istanbul is not too hot and you are taking long dips into the Bosporus.

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