Archive for July, 2012

Far-flung family

July 15, 2012

We are looking forward to the arrival of many members of E.’s family from Finland later this week.  The first to arrive, one of her sisters, has already been with us for several days.  In that time we have been up to Maine to spend a couple of days with my folks and also catch up with a cousin of mine, his Okinawan wife and their two adorable daughters.  This weekend my parents will be coming down from Maine and my sister and her boyfriend up from Virginia to join us, E.’s family, and my best friend for a big party.  It is amazing how far-reaching our family connections are.  It is incredibly rare to get so many of the people we love together in one place, so we are really looking forward to the weekend.

Sprouts

July 2, 2012

About a week ago I planted some pumpkin seeds out back, hoping to have my own pumpkins for making pies and other goodies with this fall. In the past few days, the sprouts have started poking their heads out of the soil. Of sixteen seeds that I planted, nine have so far shown sprouts, which I am pretty happy about. With any luck there may be a straggler or two still to come up, but I’ll be quite content with nine pumpkin plants.

Little pumpkin sprouts. Actual size about 2 inches.

The rest of the edible garden has not been doing well this years. The fruit trees are not producing anything at all and the blueberry bushes have only yielded a couple of berries. I think they were shocked by the cold, wet spring we had. The raspberries are still doing well, though, which is nice. I need to get out and thin the canes soon, since they are spreading very enthusiastically and I don’t want them overrunning the back yard.