Our "Gardening Angel" arrived at 10:30 am yesterday with our 4 grandsons in tow. The clouds cleared, the sun came out, it was warm and we had a great day. I visited with Kristi while she pulled weeds, while pointing out the good things and the bad things. I also kept track and watched the boys. And the dog. Who wanted to be digging in the dirt right next to Kristi. Dayle was cooking more eggs and toasting whole wheat bagels for the boys at lunch time, and he also made our lo-cal lunches. I enjoyed being outside all day watching the boys run to and fro, into the woods, playing with the Tonka trucks. I snapped some images of our roses - this is my 4th of July rose which is covered with blooms.
At one point I looked up on the hillside of our pasture and saw Gabe leading Hayden and Caleb on a hike through the tall grass. (Dayle is letting it go to seed before he mows it to keep our pasture healthy.) Then they all disappeared.. oh wait.. they had sat down and disappeared in the grass!What a wonderful place for the boys to play.
After lunch they each got a bubble gum pop... they all wanted the Strawberry one, so I had a guessing game for each pop -- Caleb won the Strawberry one and he was the last guesser! Gabe has a photo problem - he always over-emotes.. lol!! I cannot tell you how many photos I cannot show you due to over-"cheesing". :-)
The boys are all up on a HUGE stump from a HUGE Douglas Fir tree that I had taken down a few years ago, as it was leaning over our house. In the foreground is Kristi toiling away thinning out the creeping myrtle ground-cover that has thrived a bit TOO much.
My beloved grandsons.
Kristi surprised me with bringing a bag of mulch over and spreading it around the newly weeded area, I was so pleased!! It's never looked better! We're going to get more.
My gorgeous purple-y violet-y clematis.
I thought I'd visit the hens. You would not believe the racket they were making yesterday and then the boys would go check to see if an egg had been laid, and then they'd collect them and take them in to the fridge and add them to the egg carousel. The black one is Hershey, our Cuckoo Maran who lays dark brown "chocolate" colored eggs, and the one in front is Bella the Ameracauna who lays aqua eggs. I love the gray tail and feathers on her.
All six of our girls in their predator proof large run. Dayle had just cleaned and re-filled their water container. Lacey the Blue Laced Red Wyandotte looks like she's molting as she looks pretty motley compared to the pretty feathers of the others.
Yum yum, Dad just gave us fresh water.
Our daughter Amy left us with 3 or 4 pots of herbs when she moved to Ohio - this pot of mint is thriving! Peppermint. If you don't have a pot of it, you should get one, it's a great herb to have around.
Sage flowers... Dayle puts the sage leaves under the skin of our Thanksgiving turkey along with rosemary and butter. YUM!
My poor little Japanese Lace Leaf Maple has been rescued from being dwarfed by weeds by Kristi.. now we need some bark dust.
The kids headed out in their VW bus and Dayle and I enjoyed the sun lowering in the sky from the deck chairs.. this is our monstrously huge Pin Oak all covered in new green leaves, the sun behind one branch.
Our back door beckons us inside. The afternoon sun slants into the windows by the baby grand piano and makes the house glow inside.
One of my newish roses and I've lost the marker so I can't tell you it's name. It's extremely fragrant!
Buddy, guarding us from the koi.
Lastly, I finished casting off "in pattern" K1 P1, egads.. this morning. Next, the challenge of double pointed needles on the 2 sleeves. I've used them doing socks, but never with such a small thing as these sleeves. I hope the next update with be the finished product.
We have a nice long sunny warm Sunday ahead of us. I am sending some weather perfection to you. Dayle is going to set fire to the burn pile, won't the neighbors love that? :-) I'm going to do some house tidying.. maybe pick some flowers for the table? Have a super day and thanks for visiting!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)