These days I kill all the plants I try to nurture. There may be a few strawberry plants eeking out a life under the winter’s weeds behind the garage. The herbs I planted in pots on the porch last year suffered neglect and finally gave up. I miss having a partner in these ways. There are things that I miss about being part of a pair. I miss lazy mornings and my Better Homes and Gardens landscaping books. I miss scoping out last minute end of summer perennials. I miss the satisfaction of bringing color and beauty to my surroundings. More than anything I miss late evening dinners out on the porch with someone I love, dirt still in my fingerprints.
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we are on day three post-blizzard with no way out. in fact we have seen nary a soul from up or down the road since tuesday afternoon. a bit of cabin fever seems to be setting in here now and my front door constantly looks like this. it’s a bit too windy to stay out for too long so i am taking advantage of this little vacation to do some organizing of my photos from last year. and that is exactly what i needed right now because i found beauties like this……
planting seeds last spring….i checked the dates ems wrote on the herb seed trays…march 13th. that’s only a month away.
fresh food from the backyard and the farmstand….
picking beans on the front porch. anything better than fresh picked beans?
bare feet and summer sundresses.
i can just feel it.
Everything that could or would go wrong for this week’s assignment did. My theme had originally been “festive” as I knew we were decorating the house and going to the Christmas parade in town on Saturday. Well, my back decided to prevent me from decorating and an unexpected blast of snow prevented us from going to the parade. When life gives you lemons……you go out into the backyard and shoot a new theme.
We rarely get snow here in my little part of Maryland before January. One Christmas Eve we were blessed with snow, which was also my due date for Boo monkey ( I didn’t have her until Jan. 3rd, luckily). This is her below, outside the second time around, with hot chocolate all over her face. Notice how she is following the keep your ears covered rule.
So there was a rippling of excitement going through this house yesterday as the girls donned boots and coats, hats and scarves to get outside and play. Two pairs of wet, muddy clothes, a warm chicken lunch and some hot chocolate later, I finally got a chance to work on the photos. I definitely wanted to do some editing to bring out the chilliness of the pictures. Now throw in some camera malfunction and some computer testiness and you’ll understand why I threw in the towel at 10:00 last night and said just start fresh today!
I want to thank Carolyn and Camilla for sponsoring this project. I have enjoyed it immensely. It has brought a whole new field of vision to how I am taking pictures. To stop and THINK first about what I am going to shoot, rather than snapping the same old things. I probably would not have braved the outside yesterday and missed these gorgeous shots (okay, probably I would have). It’s also been wonderful getting to meet so many new friends doing the same thing so please if you are not already in the project take some time to see their creations as well.
If I missed anyone, please let me know, I am glad to see more of my friends are joining in! I won’t be around to comment until later this afternoon, but if I come across anyone new I will add them to the list.
We have one more assignment, and it’s a good one, so if you want to join in, gather up here.
I found a friend when clearing the (out of control) herb garden. Woolly stayed to play, and if the folklore holds true, we are in for a mild winter . I always look forward to finding the first Woolly of the year and never fail to take my yearly first Woolly Bear caterpillar picture. They are the most lovable and (maybe it’s just in my head) friendliest of caterpillars.
In early summer of this year I planted my little herb seedlings. And they grew. And they grew. Then one day I went out saw something, something quite small, but quite large at the same time, moving along my dill. A pest! In the garden. So I plucked the pudgy little caterpillars from the dill (bad boys) and put them in a bowl. Then what did I do next? As any good blogger knows I got my camera and took a picture.
I could not destroy the wriggling things. Yes, I know they were eating my dill, but they had to be hungry too, right? So not having the ability to take their little lives, I carried them around for awhile, finally depositing them on the far side of the property line where the back lot meets the woods. I thought on this for awhile, why I didn’t kill them and why that was a good thing. We come from a line of bug-put-outers. We grew up capturing and putting out anything from crickets and spiders to bats and flying squirrels.
So, here at the end of summer, I sat nested into the corner of the couch with a book from the library about the care and use of herbs and ran across a page about pests and saw my little caterpillars……and I am glad I saved them. Know why? Because they turn into this…….the black swallowtail butterfly.