Sunday, August 1, 2010

Our Morning Walk

One of our "simple pleasures" most evenings is to review the photos we have taken during the day.  We rarely find ourselves without at least one camera, and the result is usually more than 200 photos to enjoy after supper.  Yesterday began with a typical "morning walk."  We checked on our sunflowers, the ones we planted WAY late, but which have not disappointed.  Despite the woodchucks, squirrels, gophers, moles and others, they continue to grow and to provide us with new "photo ops" each day.

And Joe and I wonder what our neighbors must think if, per chance, they are sitting at their kitchen table, enjoying their breakfast and observing our morning silliness.

But, reality is, I'm pretty certain nobody CAN see us from their kitchen table, or from anywhere else, for that matter.  Part of the charm of this place is, after all, its privacy.

While the sunflowers line the driveway to the old farmhouse, the watermelons have taken over the fence, actually escaping beyond their wire protection against deer and the likes.  I am continually amazed at how these things seem to double in size overnight!  Yesterday I had to fashion a "sling" for one of the melons, as its chosen development location had it resting directly on fence wire that would, with growth, cut the melon in two.  So now that melon rests comfortably in a pantyhose hammock!

Mowing the lawn is another continuous activity here and one that the whole "family" can enjoy.  We get the kids started early every morning.  They are so compliant, literally thrilled to "Work for Food."

The days are spent working on the long list of projects we have created for ourselves.  One of our current primary interests is the ridding of moles/voles/gophers or whatever they are from the gardens...yesterday it was our pure delight to meet another with a similar goal.... I hope he brings his whole family hunting!

Last night, after spending the day in the yard, we headed to the local Lowes to pick up some fruit trees...the first of what we hope will one day be an orchard here.  We, as is typical for us, ended up picking up MUCH more than fruit trees, and, I am afraid, have picked up more "projects" to complete....the list wasn't even growing short and we are adding to it!  Perhaps today we will get the fruit trees planted and the moles deterred (to some other yard) but I doubt we will get the carpet laid in the eBay trailer.... We loaded the beater van with our "goodies" and made our way home to eat  -- and to enjoy our nightly slide show.

And so, it is with anticipation, that we head out this morning (OK, OK, I KNOW it is well into afternoon, but it has been raining here this morning) to see what excitement awaits us.


Sharon said...

Hey there, Judy! I can't get over your variety of sunflowers! They are so pretty!

Oh, how I wish for a decent rain, even though it's too late to do any good.

Love the melon in the pantyhose! What a great idea. The things we do for our plants...

I tried that site meter thing, it didn't work, I do not know what I did wrong, but never go an email confirmation or a password. Oh, well, I'm more content now anyway.

That's a good snake you have there! I hope he gets lots to eat!

Feral Female said...

Now that was one BIG snake! Love the melon in the pantyhose hammock. =)

Nekkid Chicken said...

Beautiful snake, love the slanted eye view. He looks kinda Asian.

Afternoon see ya laters.

Judy's Corner said...

Sharon, I take GREAT liberty in calling them "MY sunflowers." To be honest, it was Joe who had the vision of the sunflowers lining the driveway, Joe who dug and prepared each of the holes into which Joe transplanted the sunflowers he'd started from seeds weeks earlier....all I have done to contribute to sunflower satisfaction is to help Joe water them! (and thoroughly enjoy them, of course!)

Our garden has not suffered even in this drought, due, I am convinced, to the successful gray water diversion system Joe set up. When we eat the watermelon, it will be our reward for recycling all of our gray water!

Not sure what happened for you with sitemeter. I haven't had any trouble with it, but, as long as you are happy without it, I wouldn't stress it! LOL

And, just between us, I hope Mr. Black Snake becomes a TUBBY snake, consuming all of the little tunneling critters who would undermine my garden!

Judy's Corner said...

FF, LOL... that snake will get REALLY big if he hangs around long enough!

And yeah, is that one "pampered" melon, or what???

Judy's Corner said...

Mal, if my simpleton dog had her way, Mr. Black Snake would be a goner! She is not impressed with his slanty eyes in the least! So, it goes with the animal kingdom...we just never seem to agree on who's the "good guy" and who's the "enemy."