I was asked by Ann to explain the boots. On the East coast our grasses are loaded with ticks that carry lyme disease. So far my boot approach has worked. When in grasses I wear the violet rubber boots covered with tick spray. When I was at the Mountain Maryland plein air event many artists were comparing the numbers of times they have been infected with lyme disease. (not a fun thing) I heard one person had it 5 times. Violet boots ride on!