Newry June 17
Hello once again. Wouldn’t you agree that there is something so fulfilling about gardening? Once the gentle warmth of April covers the ground the dirty part begins, starting seeds and weeding flowerbeds. I truly love my morning walks, although they should be called “wanders,” coffee in hand, child in bed sleeping. I slowly make my way through my tangle of gardens, stooping here and there to weed a bit but the best part, the real reason that I do this every day, is the excitement of watching new life emerge from the earth. Fresh and green, awakened from a season of slumber, ever so eager to poke their little heads out of the ground. They don’t all show up at the same time either, which is a good thing. It would be like going to watch the Fourth of July fireworks and hav-ing someone drop a match with all the fireworks going off at once. No slow anticipation, no chance to revel in the awe of each one. Of course, there is a grand finale in the garden. It comes after that dreary week of rain when you finally get brave enough to go outside. Not even caring anymore about getting wet because you have been cooped up indoor for an entire week! You step out into a vibrant, lush world, dazed because you can’t remember watching the change from your window. You know what I’m talking about, I’m sure you all have had this happen too! That’s when you take the soggy walk through the garden and feel a bit giddy like a child on their last week of school. Life has changed in your garden, everyone is up and stretching, waving at you as if to say, “hello.” You smile, life is good!
Next comes May and with it the first pale splashes of color. The morning walk of exploration con-tinues, warm cup of coffee and now the song of birds that accompany you. Before you know it June has arrived and you blink, spring is over and summer has settled in around you. I realize this change about the second week of June when the fruits of my labor begin to bear. My vegetable gar-den is more green than brown and the vast emptiness that had me worried is now filled in with stocky tomato plants, ballooning zucchinis, flowering peas, and tiny shoots of chard and carrot. I can hardly wait for July!
Besides gardening, we have busied ourselves with other things. Sunday was a long anticipated family day. We built a tire swing, which was rather comical to watch and also built a great outdoor fireplace. To celebrate our successes of the day we invited some friends and family and enjoyed a fantastic dinner together. Monday we took a trip to the Gray Animal Park to see the wildlife. Al-though we see quite a bit locally, it is still a rush for the kids.
There have been a couple of bear sightings in town this week, one of them at the Power’s ceme-tery, dancing around Doug’s guitar.
We received another delivery of brush from Patrick Moore. It is the remnants of his firewood business and our goats simply love the fresh greens, as they prefer trees, bramble and bushes to grass. I think it’s a pretty good thing all around. As always, please contact me with community ac-tion. We would all like to hear from you – firstname.lastname@example.org or the good ole’ fashioned way at 824-0836 Have a wonderful week!