wow, that was fast! i have sprouts already in the garden, can you believe it?
i mean, they just went in on saturday; that’s what—four days, maybe?
of course all the rain we’re having may have something to do with it, haha—we are quite waterlogged here. so much so that i was a little worried that some of the seeds would get swept away, or pushed up to the surface where the birds could get them.
everything is sprouting all at once, in fact—at least the more shallow sowing is; the potatoes aren’t up yet. i’ve got collards and turnips in solidly-formed rows, and there are cracks all along the bean and chard rows as well, which means that in a few hours, we should be able to see leaflets (maybe even by the time this post is written).
ETA: leaflets showing in chard and beet rows now, woo-hoo
look at those tiny green rapini stems just beginning to poke out—i just love catching them at this stage. i’m like a little giddy girl over it, haha, because i really just went out there to make sure we still had seeds in the ground (the birds and squirrels are having a field day, digging into things).
speaking of squirrels, they will NOT keeping their frickin’ little paws off of my shallots. it’s just that one thing, but they keep digging up the bulbs and then tossing them aside, probably once they get a whiff of that oniony/garlicky odor. i think i’ll sprinkle some cayenne pepper over the top of that soil when i’m done here to see if that will shoo them away . . .
now, i’ve been knitting furiously all week on secret projects and working on getting this pile of bookkeeping under control (heh, with not very successful results, i’m afraid). so i don’t have knitting photos to share.
i have also been very diligent this spring about getting my hour of exercise each day, so i do have something nice to share from today’s ride.
(actually, i’ve spring fever really bad and with all the work i have on my desk, i cannot possibly indulge it, except for this one hour a day. so i’m taking full advantage of the exercise excuse, haha)
i may have mentioned this before, but the swans that live along one of my frequently-traveled routes have new babies. i didn’t get to photograph them earlier, but today, i managed to get close enough for some family portraits.
well, i pulled over to the side of the road and as soon as i dropped my bike, the male starts marching over
he just wanted to put something between me and the family; he wasn’t spitting or threatening and i was as respectful as i knew how to be.
so he gave me a view of his good side, haha. you can see the nest in the background, with mama standing close by.
after a bit i moved very slowly around the side and up the gravel path next to the pond, while the male watched. i wanted to get a better view if they would allow it.
in the nest, everyone’s neck goes up as mama sends warning signals.
they settled down a bit so i took another step forward
but that’s where mama drew the line . . . she didn’t like this development at all
into the water she went, rousing the clan to follow
which they did. i wish all kids listened so well, don’t you?
off they swam to a safer distance (and wow, five babies this year!).
leaving me and daddy in a staring contest of sorts, heh.
i’ll try to get pictures periodically as they grow; i know it won’t be long before they are much bigger and looking lots more like their parents.
across the street, there is another small pond and this year there are black swans over there. i haven’t been close enough to them to get pictures yet, but i’m working on it . . .
see what i mean? fast.