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It is raining today. Quite windy at times, but the dominant feature is rain. Steady rain, driving rain, blowing rain, rain mixed with snow, rain that pelts in hard drops, rain rain rain.
Since I don’t have waterproof cameras, I haven’t taken any pics today. Maybe tomorrow…
But yesterday, which was a 2-hour late start for the kiddo, I snapped two pics of the front yard.
The snow wasn’t a lot, but there was ice in layers as the temperatures at our elevation (all of about 50 feet above sea level) had fluctuated near freezing all night. Scraping the car windows was a “treat” I could have done without! Luckily, at least on our peninsula, the sun shone most of the day so by evening the roads were clear and so were the lawns.
I suspect we’ll have more snow, the kind that really inconveniences us, in another month or so. Meantime, I really should locate my heavy-duty rubber boots!
There is a pattern developing in the weather!
Although the forecasters are predicting a drier than normal autumn and winter (which I would rather not have!), for the moment the weather seems mostly to have settled in to a comfortable rhythm. What puzzles me at the moment is that, most years, the bigleaf maples are glowing with bright yellow leaves (unless it has been raining a lot in which case they are rust-colored).
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This is from about 3 p.m. today. Click on the picture to play the video. Use your browser’s “back” button to return to this page when you are done.
After years of stagnation in house and yard, we made progress in the garden, and the flower beds are much neater and prolific. And now, we are making progress in the house, as evidenced by the (recycled/reclaimed) green carpet in the living room that should help us keep a little warmer this winter. The piano and other furniture, having been moved for the carpet laying are now dust-free, and decluttered. Continue Reading »
Last Sunday, it rained. The day was gray, humid to a point, and the overcast made everything seem bluer than normal. I worked on refinishing some picnic furniture, getting a coat of polyurethane on to help it make it through a few more years. As the day wore on, the clouds lowered, settling in near the tops of the trees with sinister intent. It was still. Nevertheless, we watered the garden, knowing that if we didn’t the rain would hold off. It always does, when the plants need it in August. So we watered, and went inside.
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I have been VERY busy in the garden in the last week and a half, particularly since the weather turned warm and dry on July 4. I took pictures every day, but was so tired once I got inside that I didn’t have the energy to post anything. My apologies. I am writing this Sunday evening for posting Monday. Here is a series of shots of the veggie garden. Only a few things left to do, such as weeding and re-mounding the potatoes. That is today’s (Monday’s) chore. Then just maintenance until time to plant the late-season crops.
A once-in-three-lifetimes event…
Here are three pictures I took of our planet-watching today. Tom, setting up the telescope, an extreme-zoom view of the planet where the sun is much bigger than the aperture of the scope, and a zoomed out view where the speck is more proportional.
The weather cooperated uncharacteristically, turning “mostly sunny” just as the transit began. Otherwise, the forecast yesterday and today, and for much of the week, is supposed to be non-stop rain. We got lucky, and the plants got a little more light.
There were also two gorgeous eagles flying overhead… here is the youtube link. You can hear how upset the crows were!
higher than breath
lower than dreams
bright blue band
I looked up stratosphere today, I knew it had something to do with layer and sphere… but wanted to be sure. The free Dictionary.com confirmed my fading memories of Greek affixes. I remember when people said “stratosphere” as if it were the ultimate — the biggest and best one can get. When pilots were proud of grazing the stratosphere. The heady days of faster-than-sound flight and new moon landings and talk of colonizing the other planets made up my childhood.
The stratosphere is still there, and the lucky few who make it as far as orbit take pictures where it shows up, brighter than any blue I have seen on earth. I didn’t remember that there is essentially no “weather” in the stratosphere, but Weatherquestions.com has a succinct explanation. Nasa has a short memo from 2003 online that asks, “Whither Comes Weather?” and it reminds me that everything is connected. And if you are really interested in how the stratosphere affects weather, NOAA has a Climate Prediction Center with links to a lot of data!
Today we woke to rain. Yesterday it was dry, and the soils almost dry enough to work. Today… not a chance.
The weather forecasters are talking about the possibility of snow again — likely to the north of us, but dropping far enough below freezing overnight to suggest either snow or solid ice on the roads in the morning. The kiddo wouldn’t mind another late start, but as a teacher I know that it just makes things a lot more challenging!
Now that my toe is mostly healed, and I am over the small virus of the weekend (my first virus since I started working in the schools!), I hope to start getting out in the yard and starting on the tasks to bring the garden back to life.
Step One: clearing the winter debris over the next couple weeks. But not today — raining like this waterlogs the debris and makes it too heavy for me to lift safely.
Step Two: Amend the veggie garden. It will want a little salt, compost, and likely some calcium (the native soil is a silt that benefits from additional calcium as well as organic material).
Step Three: Build a couple cold frames (this is the year!) and plant spuds and garlic outside the frames.
Step Four: Flowering plants: renew soil in planters, remove grass from flower beds, plant new dahlias and the heuchera and succulent from a friend that are ready to set out once we’re past frosts.
Step Five: Move Rosa Rugosa from current location to water-logged bog by the road — more cover for the critters that live down there and it’s too big for its current location.
Step Six: Hardscapes and structures. This year, I want to put the arbors in place, repair the one by the house and create a willow withy fence around part of the veggie garden to supplement the bird-netting “deer fence” that is already there. I would love to start “paving” some of the pathways with gravel or shell, but I think it will have to wait until next year. The money just isn’t there yet.
I haven’t mentioned weeding… that tends to happen in fits and starts as I have a few minutes here and there. My top two locations: the center medallion in the veggie garden where the strawberries grow and the bed under the medlar tree with bulbs and annuals.
I am still trying to decide what types of veggies to grow this year: Lettuces? Kale? Squash? Cucumbers? Peas? Beans? Tomatoes? Parsnips? Turnips? Carrots? We’ll see…