Surprise #1: (well not really)
I naturally slowed the car as I drove up my road last evening. It's early summer, the babies are usually just starting to show themselves. Sure enough, there where the culvert goes under the road, a perfect tunnel to hide and play in, were this years fox kits. They walked into the middle of the drive to get a better look, then jumped up and scampered into the tall grass. As I looked back in my rear view mirror, I could see them back in the road, watching me drive away. Last year there were five. I wonder how many were playing out of sight.
The smell of the farm in the summer is magic. The lupine are in bloom. So are lots of flowers, but the lupine overpower all others this time of year. Sweet! C had mowed the yard around the gardens before he took off Friday and it actually looked groomed... sort of. My gardens are wild, densely packed masses, a semi arrangement of the real hardy bloomers. The "thugs" of the garden perennials, as my friend Bruce refers to them. After dinner, we took a tour, an evening walk (and blood letting... the black fly, deer fly, horse fly and mosquito are sharing us now) around the yard.
Surprise #2: The groundhog that is "too cute" to shoot has made a huge new home in my garden, relocating ( I wish that were all) some plants and burrowing under my stone wall. A note here... We set the Havahart trap last night. We did not get the groundhog.
Surprise #3: C happens to mention that there are tons of BIG footprints around, ALL AROUND and he thinks that the moose have come through. He was right about one thing.. lots of prints. Not moose. Looks to me like the neighbor's heifers were up for the weekend having a party of the all weekend sort. I have yet to find a place they weren't. Deep imprints in the lawn and field, plops everywhere. No damage to the apple trees and no damage to the gardens. We were really lucky this time.
Surprise #4: This is another baby surprise. After planting the potatoes, really, really late this year... we started going through the hosta nursery to see which plants we wanted to divide. As we started through the Krossa Regals, a tiny spotted fawn darted out and ran through the fence and into the woods. C had forgotten to put the 6 lines of electric fence on last night. Who knows, did Momma hide her baby inside the fence under the hosta, did baby hide itself?? small fawn... where was Mom?
Knitting stuff.. I posted a few more colors in My Yarns. I spent hours on the deck winding the skeins I dyed Friday and Saturday.
garden stuff.. I've added a new Photo Album.. My Gardens
Almost too much excitement for one post, huh?