I see that JJV has not been idle during our (family plus CRH, who picked a real keeper of a lake house this time) annual sojourn in the Adirondacks. I would like to thank Nick C. and the always-welcome commenter JCC for doing their best to balance things out.
"Long boom" - whoo, that's a good one. I laughed until I wept.
On a further housekeeping note, Reed's Garden Ramblings has a new URL, now updated in the blogroll. Recommended for connisseurs of outdoor photography and horticultural advice alike.