|The main garden two weeks ago|
|The main garden on Saturday|
The children wave at every car that passes by, which means the cars have begun to look around for us as they pass, which means everyone who passes by always looks up onto the porch to see if there is anyone there. This is a bit embarrassing for a girl laid up for a day or two- out in the open. I did wonder about the people passing by the house- what they must have thought of me sitting out on the porch when they went past in the morning and when I was still there again in the afternoon. A road crew was working our road on one of those days, the men driving back and forth, back and forth, all day long. They waved every time they passed and I did too... but inwardly I groaned and thought how it must look to them- a girl sitting on the porch and doing nothing every time they passed by. I felt I should paint a sign in big bold letters I AM NOT LAZY, I AM CONVALESCING.
The garden has gone crazy- but in a good way. The children and I are keeping on top of the weeds and garden chores better this year than ever (45 minutes right after breakfast and chores) and they look beautiful. The first picture with little baby tomato bushes, taken a few weeks ago, look nothing like that now. The tomato plants have reached the top of the wire fencing at this point and Matt got to taste the first ripe tomato just this week...a little orange cherry. I am so looking forward to those first delicious bites of garden tomato- and judging by all the little green orbs dangling down, it shouldn't be long. Along with the lone tomato, we've harvested quite a few zucchini, a few hot peppers, garlic scapes, radishes, kale, swiss chard, chamomile flowers, basil, dill, yarrow and beet greens.
A little tidbit- if you procrastinate long enough on thinning the beets- you'll get baby beets to eat with supper instead of just greens. Pairing those delicious baby beets with homemade feta. Nuthin' betta.
My flower circle is looking pretty sad right now- many of the flowers bloomed prematurely due to the heat and the plants look haggard and old because of the lack of rain. Rain, or lack thereof, seems to be a topic of discussion around here lately. Drought is whispered. Heads shake, and people have begun checking their well levels and springs. I know of a couple of families that had to move in with relatives because their wells have run dry. I haven't watered the gardens or flower circles because people and animals are a priority here- but everyday I wonder how much longer we have until rain. A cow drinks a lot of water. Four cows drink even more. And cooking, drinking, washing, and laundry for a family of seven takes a fair amount of water too. So the flower circle stays parched and I (and our neighbors) pray for rain.
I have a ton of photos on my camera~ I hope to be a more regular visitor to my own blog in these coming weeks. A watermelon eating baby, summer swims, blooms and blossoms in every room and the delicious feasts of summer. Lots of beauty these days, lots of abundant living. It's so, so good.