Saturday, June 09, 2018

North Carolina Graduation

It’s hard to believe our little Aaron is now grown up and graduating from high school.  The family is gathering for this celebration on Wednesday of next week.   There will be more on that later.

We are roadtripping of course.  We drove ten hours on Thursday arriving in Nashville nearly at dark.  This was a short layover so Walmart it is. 

This was taken on our way to park for the night.  Really,  where else but Nashville TN…. 


From Nashville, we made our way to Virginia and the New River Rail to Trail.  I’m still gathering pictures so more on that tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Harvest ahead

Dan has worked hard on the trees and brush on the 80.  This will be the last fire before harvest.  The wheat in the background is starting to turn and will soon be too dry to chance a spark.  This picture was taken Sunday evening.  He had gathered a big pile of brush and noticed there was one small smoky log.  He thought nothing of it and came on home to get a match and see if I wanted to watch the pile burn.  This picture was taken right after we returned.  A lesson on how easily a fire can rekindle.


The electric fence has done its job!  There are zero bean plants nipped by deer.  Also, the beans are benefitting from the composted dirt and are loaded with blooms.  Only problem with the dirt is it brought in a healthy dose of bindweed.  We have been fighting it mightily but finally gave up on a half row of beans.  Right now  all is looking good, but that pesky stuff will be back.  This fall we might have to address the problem with something stronger than a hoe & rototiller. 


Finally, I am sharing a picture of one of many Hummingbirds that cheer our lives.  They are  social little things.  If the feeder is empty, they actually will let us know in a flying around the window sort of way.  Sometimes I think they sit on this little perch and look in at us. 


Sunday, June 03, 2018

Colorado in May

Doug called a couple weeks ago wondering if we might want come out to Colorado for the annual nursery experience. That and maybe Dan could help a bit finishing up the bathroom project.  Memorial weekend worked so we headed to Colorado in the Colorado—pickup truck.

First, we stopped by the cemeteries.  There was enough rain that the grass was green and they were trimmed up nicely.  There were no military flags in our two rural cemeteries but the war medallions were in place.

The pickup is a nice roadtrip machine.  The PW wins the contest though because we have our own bathroom.  But, for a quick eight hour trip, we were fine with the pots available.

Dan was busy with helping Doug, so the girls decided to find a geocache near the Monument Library.  (Carly is volunteering with the library this summer).  All in all, we visited the location of the Geocache three times and never did find the “clever place” it was hidden—that is according to one of the commenters that found it only a week before we were there.  At one point, a lady came by with her daughter and volunteered to help us look—still nothing. 

The dogs loved the water but look out when they get out.


Wait, where’s the wiener?


Dutch Heritage Gardens is located near Larkspur, Monument and Castle Rock.  (I encourage visiting the link to get a feel of the size). Once a year they open their wholesale greenhouses to the public.   It was so overwhelming that I nearly didn’t buy anything.  Dan found a tray of orange Celosia.  I bought two pots of Bee Balm and a gift for our neighbor who watches over our place when we leave.  When I got home with the Bee Balm, I had a feeling I had pulled up a plant that I thought was a weed with the same leaf.  Typical.

More pictures of the weekend too numerous to put on individually.  Notice Trent’s garden.

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