If I said I was going to deliver anything cool this time, I apologize in advance. I did slap something fun at the end of the post, though. Not much is happening that I can write about, really. I sit, I think, I write, I think, I sit, I write. I knit. I get up, get coffee, check the mail, then sit and write and think and write and sit. And knit. Then I get up, check the chickens, do chores, weed, gather whatever is ripe outside, come back in and sit and write and think and sit some more. And knit. This will be the sum total of my life for a while, at least two days a week. The remainder of my time will be divided into teaching classes, cleaning the house (I don't plan on putting much into this one. I am hopeful that Mr. W. and Girl will just naturally take over. hey. It could happen.) and running errands and such.
So today we'll go with picture heavy, content light.
Comfort Food - South African Curry and Rice made with tofu instead of animal. I love this. I put it over brown rice, and will eat it all week long. No one else touches it. This is good. My favorite comfort food is actually Noodles Ala Cre (this dish is occasionally and incorrectly called 'tuna noodle casserole'). I can't have it any more because there is gluten in the soup and the noodles. Curry works!
Herbs, fresh, for drying and later use. I love having my own again. It's been a long long time. Sage, rosemary, mint, thyme, oregano, parsley...they are drying now.
Mountain Laurel. This is real honest laurel, not hybrid. It grows wild all over the place.
Raspberries in training. I cannot wait.
Blackberries in training, but you can't check your email on these, or call home. They're great with cream and sugar though, or in jam.
Baby Peachlet. There's maybe 15 on the tree. If I can keep the deer away, I may get actual fruit this year. The tree is still young, only 5 or 6 years old.
Bunny Bath. This came with the house and I love it. It's very charming and sweet and sees a lot of use.
Gooseberries and Currents. I am also trying to make sure I get these before someone else does. Last year we lost them all.
Motherhood, Eleanor's style. She is in the same position, I think, as last time. I know she's getting off the nest because the food and water levels change. She's very entranced. I love this part. I think she does, too.
SUMMER SQUASH!! This IS summer for me. I will eat it every day for days on end and drive the family crazy with it.
Future tomatoes. Things are looking up. This is our first real garden in four years. We've got our own kale and spinach and lettuce on the table almost daily, squash and tomatoes coming. Can't get much more local than this.
Strawberry, the one remaining. They don't last long around here. They come inside just slightly before being fully red, or the birds get them.
Almost last but not least - - - - KNITTING! This is Kraemer Sterling, hand-dyed by Gail Callahan, the Kangaroo Dyer. I am swatching. When I am not writing.
OK, now for the fun part. Guess the plant and win a prize! The first correct guess will win a skein of hand-dyed sock yarn. Be warned - it's not as easy as it looks. Hints: It is an annual here, although not elsewhere. It is very uncommon in New England. In the event that no one guesses correctly, I'll draw a random winner in a week's time. Good Luck.