A true tale about Amaryllis. It is the only genus in the subtribe Amaryllidinae. It is a small genus of flowering bulbs, with two species. The better known of the two, Amaryllis belladonna, is a native of the Western Cape region of South Africa, particularly the rocky southwest area between the Olifants River Valley and Knysna. Wikipedia (PS.. they also grow in New Zealand! SGH)

Example of Amaryllis in wax as mine looked last year at Christmas


Oh, the heck with technology! May it get out of my life!

{Don’t take that seriously. I have been attached (welded, in fact) since somewhere in the 1980’s when I decided to take a computer programming night-school course. But sometimes (it’s 2021 now) the wonders of internet tech can make me crazy.)

Today is one of those days. How did I ever get separated from my body of written work on a formidable and highly touted venue like Medium.com?

Logging in seems to be the trouble. So I logged out today, thinking that logging back in would fix things. …


We call this The Summerhouse.

There were plans for this large building on a mesa in northeast New Mexico.
This porch rewards anyone a huge panorama of High Desert landscape that
is never the same as before. This day becomes the only day when one is up there. One sucks in one’s breath!

And the time of day brings change.

Today it is supposed to be wet. Anyone who knows New Mexico this winter knows that rain is “to die for.” We are in a drought. …


Original ms SGH ©2019 , Addendum later 2021, possible addenda in future.

Well, it takes no effort at all. It just happens.

But there are so many ways for the inevitable to happen!

Shadow of Things to Come ©SGH 2021 (digitally warped orig. photo)

This month dear K has moved from her long-time home, with its museum-worthy contents and perfectly composed elements, and entered a high-end assisted living unit with a living room and a bed/bath that is stark looking and full of amenities for various amounts of disability.

She is loathe to bring her dear belongings here. She has been guarding them rigorously for a long time. Privacy and security…


SGH 2019

Remember when you and Brad and Sean used to go down to the gully and “manage the crik” ?

The 78 acres nearest the farmhouse is home to a project begun some years ago to encourage native grasses to grow to replenish the soil when turned under in fall, and grow them again during the summer months.

But how to get water to these places?

That is what W is doing, by some serious survey of the contours of the land and by cutting ditches and manipulating sluices in key places to redirect the precious water from winter…


copyright, SGHolland November 8, 2020

When were these rocks piled here? When will they fall? Photo credit : Werner Muller. Used by permission.

It’s as if I have been holding my breath since 2016.

We Americans may have to thank our outgoing president for letting us sleep well last night. If he had not been daunting, the vote might have been different!

Even though thousands of people, some of whom are dear to me, were disappointed with the results of the election, there were also people calling me yesterday with breaking voices, yelling and whooping that “we won!”. The closest I can remember to this kind of excitement among people in my world is when we burst into…


Following my Shadow in the High Desert

Shadows are half the story! Bright sunlight and wide open horizons some 7000 feet up in the same desert that Pioneers crossed on the way to Santa Fe!

Susan G Holland

Ever curious, I wonder, I ask, I probe, I learn, I write. A grateful 80-something, still discovering the brand new day.

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