Butters and I walked around the Mill Pond today. Queen's cup,
ninebark, honeysuckle, and wild roses were the predominant wild
flowers. In the deeper woods they bloom solitary and delicate
like this rose... I saw the pair of eagles that seem to be making
the Mill Pond their home, as well as the rival ospreys... A
pair of rednecked grebes seemed to be contemplating nest building near
the edge of the pond. This year our nesting mountain chickadees
have hatched, and the robin on top of the nesting box still seems
expecting, as does our broody hen who had 14 eggs under her today...
The forecast for today was severe thunderstorms, but we only have had sprinkles and a couple dull booms all day...
I finished planting the garden this morning, and here are
June 1 photos as a future bench mark for where the garden is on June
pears start out upright and droop as they get heavy
So do apples. This is a golden delicious, looks just like a red delicious right now...
ditto with red and yellow cherries.
These are peas just emerged...
sweet corn two inches high by the month before July
blueberries get large quickly, shouldn't be ripe for another month...
These are scarlet runner beans planted in an old sink. An experiment...
Some strawberries are getting ripe.
This tomato doesn't look like the store ones, but we started it ourselves and it should produce just fine...
That's a whole bunch of grapes before it even flowers...
we mostly grow chives for the flowers...
My son helped me make this fun ad for Sondahl Pottery: https://youtu.be/hw-rh1t8R7I
We got an inch of rain earlier this week so everything is copacetic as the weather trends towards a hot weekend (90's)
With the heat I took Butters along the Mill Pond early this morning, and along the top of a low ridge found this new wildflower:
It resembles a dandelion but with grassy stems... I'm hoping
someone will help ID it... Probably pale agoseris, thanks to Jill
Wilson.... I found more of it on patches on the ridge...
The heat wave is laying us low with temps to around 90. My
son's parents- in- law just visited, including a canoe trip to Upper
Twin Lake, where we saw a young moose feeding, but I forgot my camera
so I'm left with just the memory (which is increasingly faulty)...
The heat went away and returned without showers between, so we're
watering a lot... We've got strawberries and lettuce from
the garden, and everything else is growing and appearing to be weeks
ahead of other years...
The new Fireside Park is getting a picnic shelter built, which will
mostly (I imagine) be used for shade, since there's precious little
otherwise. We swim from the new park, but mostly have it to
ourselves, while seeing a couple dozen people using the Fish and Game
access across the street...
June is busting out all over--I find myself making orders for
materials, getting wholesale and other orders, and struggling to keep
up with watering and weeds.
One of our lesser known projects is starting a thrift store in part of
our church at Priest Lake to serve the local people, both in the cheap
goods they can buy and the proceeds which go to short term help for
those in need. As volunteers have been sorting for the store,
we've been hauling the rejects to be dumped, but we end up getting
stuff out of the rejects, and are opening our own rummage sale adjacent
to our pottery display to see if anyone else would like the
stuff... Tomorrow is the 13th annual Big Backin Lawn Tractor Drag
Races, with over 1000 people in attendance in front of our pottery, so
that will be our first test...
We got rid of a lot of the rummage at 10 cents and up prices...
We also had a big weekend of pottery sales, so for once it was clear I
should stick to my day job ;-)
I picked about a cup of raspberries today.
There are a few blueberries looking blue. There are a lot of
cherries looking red, but none tasting sweet... The strawberries
are about done, but with the other fruit coming on, things are looking
great if we make it through the predicted 100 + degree heat wave over
the next week...
We already had some excitement from a 10 acre brush
fire on state land just outside of town yesterday. They used
helicopters with scoops and two specially adapted float planes that
scoop up water from the lake and immediately take off again to dump it
on the fire. They don't climb any higher than they have to with
the 800 gallons of water, so they were buzzing over our house about 50
feet above it for several hours. I went up on the ridge to see if
I could get photos of them scooping the water, but I would have done
better to take pictures from home... I'm saving up some video
footage to make a Spirit Lake promo like the pottery ad...
The heat has been a thing to contend with, with several days around 100
and the indefinite forecast in the 90's. This weather is so rare
here that we don't have air conditioning, but manage to cool the
buildings overnight as the temperature drops into the 60's. The
Mill Pond is bath water temperature and dropping in level
fast... We're watering all our gardens nearly constantly,
and they're responding with great growth and the first raspberries of
enough quantity to sell today. We also have a few ripe
blueberries and peas, and cherries that are edible but could be
sweeter. And the corn is knee high before the fourth of July...
Books read and other media of note
at Large by Janet Evanovich. An early romance written under a nom
de plume with a touch of her sense of comedy. I was disappointed
because the paperback had a dog on the cover and I assumed he got at
Child by Steven Erikson. The funniest SF satire I've read
since the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, serving up Star Trek with
Skink No Surrender by Carl
Hiaasen. A reader might spend most of their time mourning the bad
decisions these teens make, when a female cousin goes off with an
online paramour, but the tone stays light enough to make it enjoyable
and the cantankerous ecoterrorist Skink is always a fun foil for middle