Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dune Jumping

Love this one!

I know I'm supposed to be on a blog-vacation, but I was so excited about our evening that I wanted to share a little peek into our dune jumping adventure on Pierce Stocking Drive tonight.  It was all Kim's idea to set up these photos . . . I just tagged along behind with my camera!

It's a Long Way Down

Ready . . .

Jump!

Serious Air

Brothers

The View

Sand

Friday, August 2, 2013

Summer Vacation


I have a project that needs a little extra attention this month, so I'm going to take a digital vacation for the rest of the summer.  And there is also the beach.  We have some very important work to do at the beach over the next few weeks.  See you back here in September, friends!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Good Morning, Garden

Anise Hyssop

We got off to a late start in the garden this spring.  There were plants I should have put in the ground sooner and seeds that didn't germinate and had to be sown again.  We had visions for a bigger landscape plan that haven't come to fruition yet.  And we've been talking a lot about what we want to do next year.  But when I'm thinking about what I should have done and feeling overwhelmed by how much we want to do, I am reminded of a passage from The One-Straw Revolution:

"But when trying to grasp the meaning of nature with a wide and far-reaching vision, he fails to notice the small things happening at his feet."

Celery

This year's magic beans that were so slow to get started have reached the top of their teepee.  

Flowering Bean

Carrots that I seeded and reseeded after they got trampled by dogs are growing vigorously and need to be thinned now.

Tiny Carrots

A volunteer, mystery squash/pumpkin/gourd is taking over half a garden bed and finally starting to fruit!

In the Jungle Garden

Borage is making its lovely little blue flowers on delicate, hairy stems.

Borage

Last year's parsley is happily going to seed.

Parsley Gone to Seed

Of the twenty-some seeds I planted, just three Calendula plants germinated . . . and yet look how many flowers are opening up to the light each morning!

Calendula, just opening up

Our broccoli crop is rather sad looking this year, but we've still enjoyed many delicious florets.

Unhappy Broccoli

The uncomplaining onions are thriving.

Onions

Kale keeps giving and giving (and I am reminded that last year we ate our final kale salad from the garden on Christmas day).

Kale & Cabbage

Tomatoes are still tiny and green; but they sure look beautiful suspended on the vine in the morning light.

Green Tomatoes

Basil doesn't like cold nights; but we've already made a few batches of pesto.

Basil

Czech black pepper flowers are absolutely exquisite.

Czech Black Pepper Plant

Time to make sauerkraut!

Cabbage

And the raspberries?  My little garden helpers have been filling their bowls and hands for weeks!

Handful of Raspberries