Thursday, March 30, 2006

red red robin

Image hosting by Photobucket What a beautiful spring day we had. Sunny and warm...almost into the seventies! The robins were everywhere, bob-bob- bobbin' along....the chickens were lounging and sunning themselves...occasionally taking a dirt bath...and the rabbits were just lounging around. It was so pleasant and restful...as if everyone was sighing with relief that the winter was over. Image hosting by Photobucket I found a little bit of time to just go and sit by the water and watch it sparkle. Image hosting by Photobucket Out in the garden the chive is almost ready to pick. I grow 2 different types. The regular chive has a round stem, similar to a spring onion. It gets the puffy pink flowers on top. The other variety is the garlic chive. Garlic chive is my favorite. It has a flat leaf, and a beautiful white spiral flower. I cannot wait to pick enough to put on some potatoes, or eggs....with a little fresh parsley...my spring tonic. Image hosting by Photobucket The rhubarb is coming along nicely too. I grow 2 types of rhubarb as well. One is a vigorous plant with short stubby green stems. I don't know the name of it. I brought it off a farmer who was dividing his about 15 years ago. He didn't know the name of it. He gave me a big clump for $5.00. It is just poking its head up now...shown on the right in the photo below. Image hosting by Photobucket On the left side of the photo is a red variety that I was told goes by the name of Ruby. It too was a division, but given to me by a close friend. It grows nice thin strappy stalks, and the leaves don't get too terribly large. I cannot tell the difference between the taste of the two. All I know is soon there will be PIE! I don't have much to report in the way of fiber news today. I did finish 2 hats that need to be washed and blocked before I photograph them. And I am still working on the socks. Soon, I need to get something going on the loom, but I am having an argument with myself as to which project, and which yarn to use. In the end, it will be whichever one I am in the mood to do ;-)

9 comments:

elise said...

Hey, since I know you live in the same area as me, how high is the fence around your garden to keep the deer out? I have a very small garden with a 5 foot fence and they don't go in but eventually want to have a bigger garden and have been deciding on a height. I'd hate to make it 8 feet like I've heard recommended, but then again I'd hate to make it too low. I thought maybe if I made it 6 feet and they decided to jump it then I could put a couple of strands of wire up above that.

I've always liked how robins actually do "bob" along!

cyndy said...

Hi Elise!

My fence is the 8 footer...it was a very big project when my husband built it..but worth it. We have MANY deer- as you well know ;-)

The 6 foot may work. I have read that you could put the wire at an angle tilting outward (or away from the garden area) to discourage them jumping.

We were originally going to use electric. If you decide to go that route, make sure the wire is not wide enough for them to get their head through. Like cows, if the shock comes from behind the ears, they will automatically jump forward...not whatcha want!

Dawn said...

You've reminded me to look for my rhubarb Cyndy. Forgot to do that while outside yesterday.

cyndy said...

Hi Dawn-

By all means, go and look for the rhubarb! ....count down for PIE!

Stacey said...

Wow - your robins are gorgeous! They look nothing like UK robins.

cyndy said...

Hi Stacy!

I'd love to see a UK robin! Do they have a red breast like ours?

Stacey said...

Yes, they do have a red breast. I'll try to take a pic of our resident one if he's still around. They're a symbol of all things to do with UK gardening. A robin perched on a spade handle is really iconic.

cyndy said...

Humm...seems to me I once stitched a picture of a robin on a spade handle...it was from an image of Peter Rabbit ....I did it for my sons room when he was a baby....I'll be checking your blog for the pictures!

Mel said...

Undoubtably your pie is heavenly, but i remember how we waited for the rhubarb when i was a kid in Iowa. We must have developed a taste for it, because we ate it raw right out of my aunt's refrigerator. Not many pies made, since there were about 15 cousins, lol.

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