Monday, July 31, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
butter and eggs
several species of vetch
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Still musing about the blueberries, I recall hearing a story my mother told me about when she was a visiting nurse. She once went to a home that was built on stilts in the middle of a field of blueberry bushes. The house was very small, and square, with a porch all around it. There was no electricity, the refrigerator and the lights were gas powered. There was a small table inside, covered with a table cloth. In the center of the table, there was a mason jar acting as a vase with a branch of the blueberry bush in bloom. I remember that story over and over again, and think of the simplicity and beauty that house must have had. I bet they ate lots of good pie.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
The river looks so calm this morning, a different scene from a few weeks ago.
This tree wedged at the top of the bridge, is a tell-tale sign of just how high the water was.
I decided to take a walk along side the river rim today, thinking maybe I would find some interesting pieces of driftwood...but everything was washed downstream. The river left few treasures to be found along my rim. I did find a big piece of plastic something or other that was wrapped around the River Birch Tree.
I looked up over my head, and saw bits of flotsam. The flotsam made me realize that where I was standing I would have been well underwater during the flood.
I looked down at my feet and wondered if some of the rocks had cracked under the pressure of the force of the water.
The recent rain has moistened the wood, the forest floor begins to bloom. Is it a mushroom or a toadstool, I wonder? Only a mycologist would know for sure.
The frogs enjoy the moist climate too. We seem to have more than our share this summer. These two sit poised, ready to leap if a chicken walks by...
I have finished the embossed leaves socks from the winter issue of interweave knits. I enjoyed this pattern design by Mona Schmidt, and will most likely make another pair. These are slightly large for me, so I will use a smaller needle next time. This was the first time I knit a pattern from a chart. There were times that I was tempted to write the pattern long hand, but I remained true to the challenge that I set for myself, and used the chart throughout. One thing that helped me was to print out a larger version of the chart. After two pattern repeats, I had it memorized and did not need to look anyway.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
As I said earlier, we have been through some rough times lately, and there have been other things that have taken precedence over the routine chores that one is involved with while keeping the garden. And so, the garden has been left to its own.
I entered the garden today to pick some peas and broccoli. There are many types of weeds growing everywhere..especially in the pathways that are normally mulched with wood chips. In some ways I am overwhelmed, (the gardener in me horrified to see so many areas needing to be tended to immediately)...in other ways I am calmly curious, (the naturalist in me, observing what species of weeds are growing where and what that would indicate about the soil)...Silpha americana is spotted ...balancing on a blade of chive.