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How does my garden grow?

July 21, 2017

Not quite as high as an elephant’s eye.

Well, the corn is starting to look like corn, and I have lots of young green bean plants growing. (I mistook them for clover when they were young, so I’m glad I let them grow!) So far only one cucumber has shown up, but I’ve also got some volunteer tomatoes and potatoes. It’s a bit of a chaos in the garden patch just now, but hopefully something yummy will come out of it all.


Back yard friends

June 2, 2017

We had some friends visit our back yard last night: two rabbits and a chipmunk. I only got one poor picture of a rabbit, but we watched them hop around munching on dandelions for a while.

Do you hear something, bunny?

Our friends seem to like it when the grass is long. I suppose it gives them more cover to hide in from the hawks and foxes we have around. I mowed the lawn today, but I left a strip of long grass at the back so hopefully they’ll come visit us again.


May 17, 2017

It’s hard to be sure at this size, but I believe this is my first corn sprout peeking up out of the earth.

Hello, sunshine

Suddenly summer

April 11, 2017

Two days ago we had snow in the back yard and I was wearing long johns, wool socks, a turtleneck, and a sweater.
Today it’s 85 F outside and I had to dig out my shorts and sandals.
We’ve had the windows open letting the warm air in and it’s lovely, but it’s also a bit of a shock to the system.

The winter that wasn’t

January 22, 2017

It’s been an odd winter. We keep getting snow, but then it all melts. Three or four times now we’ve had several inches on the ground all vanish in a few days. Yesterday E and I were walking around town doing some errands and it felt like spring. The sun was warm on our faces, the trees were full of fuzzy pussy willow buds, and the air smelled of fresh mud. It was hard to believe that it’s still January.

Maybe February will clobber us with snowstorms and cold. Who knows? For now, it doesn’t feel like much of a winter.

No snow

January 5, 2017

It’s been a warm, dry winter so far. We’ve had a couple of storms drop three or four inches of snow on us, but they’ve both been followed by warm weeks of melting. At the moment we have just a couple crusty patches of ice out back and otherwise the ground is bare. On one hand, I don’t mind not having to clear the driveway. On the other hand, it doesn’t feel right to have winter without snow on the ground. Of course, we still have most of January, February, and March ahead of us, so who knows what’s coming.

I’ve been hunkered down writing for most of the past couple weeks since Christmas. The work goes slowly, but still it goes.

Fall leaves

November 3, 2016

The fall leaves have been odd this year. Some trees have turned and dropped their leaves almost entirely while others are still quite green. Of course, 2016 has been such an odd year in so many ways that I suppose we can’t blame the trees from joining in.

Last swim

September 3, 2016

I had my last swim in the pond today. The nights are getting cold and our pond is so shallow it cools down very fast in the fall. We’ve also been in a drought all summer long, which means the usually fairly mucky water is getting extremely mucky, made worse by the late-summer algae bloom. It’ll be the pool for me from now until next summer.

Classes start again next Wednesday, which is also the day we’re expecting the dregs of hurricane Hermine to blow through. That will be an interesting day.

In just a few days my first sabbatical will be over. It was a wonderful, productive experience and I’m going to miss the freedom and flexibility. I am excited to get back to teaching, which is my real love, but I’ll miss the days of just sitting in my office and writing all day long.

Outdoor adventures

July 11, 2016

We have three wild turkey hens who come poking around our back yard. Lately they’ve been having sand baths in my garden patch. They don’t seem to hurt the plants, but they do keep digging up my potatoes. I keep having to go out and pull or rebury them.

A few days ago we took a day trip out to western Massachusetts to visit our friends M + M at their summer cottage. We had a lovely lazy afternoon chatting, eating good food, and swimming in the local swimming hole. On our way home, though, we ran into every construction site in the state. It took us twice as long to get home as it did to get out there.

I was just pulling apart our stone steps from the driveway into the backyard to rebuild them since some of the steps have gotten a little off kilter. I disturbed a hornets’ nest and got stung on both legs and in the face. Ugh. Not at all fun. That project will have to wait.

New potatoes

June 29, 2016

Here I am pulling the first potatoes of the summer. I planted two types and got a good mixed handful of both that we enjoyed last night with some smoked fish and a big salad.

Pulling potatoes from our little patch

Pulling potatoes from our little patch