April (and her showers) coming to and end

Another weekend is coming to a close.  It’s been a busy one.

On Thursday afternoon I picked up a few more vegetable starts for the kailyaird.  I put broccoli, red cabbage, green cabbage, Hubbard squash, acorn squash, round zucchini, patty pan squash, fava beans, and another eggplant in the beds and planted a couple of pickling cucumbers in an old galvanized garbage can.  The onion starts still need to be planted as does the dill plant.   I also found a sweet little lavender on clearance that I need to find a pot for.

Saturday morning we rushed out to Forest Grove, OR for the OSAA State Solo/Ensemble Competition.  Our youngest had placed first in the district competition and was competing for the state title.  He played really well , coming 6th in the field of 21.  We were really proud of how well he did.

On the way home from the competition, Saturday, we  stopped by the farm to get milk.  I finally was able to get a photo of the dairy cow.  She’s lovely.

Down the road a bit, we stopped in Canby and picked up three peppers (chilis) – yet to be planted.  We also bought three nasturtiums for the window boxes.  I added some Romaine lettuce to the boxes and sprinkled around some additional nasturtium seeds.

Sunday morning we did a little grocery shopping and stopped by a thrift shop.  I found a really beautiful 1948 copy of Dante’s Divine Comedies, a beautifully carved pottery bowl, a Mahor face mug for Joe’s collection and a few wonderful candles.  I also bottled the hot sauce that’s been fermenting since October.

In the afternoon, we trimmed the water suckers from the apple and pear trees – probably no the right time of year, but Oh Well.




Starting the Garden

The 2017 gardening season officially began this weekend.  I did a bit of weeding and planted the following:

  • lettuce – 1 start – back garden
  • garlic – 9 starts – back garden
  • kale – 1 start  back garden
  • zucchini – 1 start – kitchen garden
  • tomatoes – 4 starts – kitchen garden
  • strawberries – 6 starts – back garden
  • potatoes – 3 varities – greenhouse garden (red), galvenized tub (fingerling), kitchen garden (russett)
  • peas – seeds – kitchen garden
  • beets – seeds – kitchen garden
  • mesclun mix – seeds – kitchen garden
  • spinach – back garden

Remember the Alamo – Texas Vacation

We don’t vacation ofter, but this year we took a trip to visit family in Austin, Texas for Spring Vacation.  We went into Austin the first day, visited their new VooDoo Doughnut (from Portland), went down to Congress street, and saw the Capital Building.  That evening we took a boat trip on Ladybird Lake to see the thousands of bats come out from under the Congress Bridge at dusk.

The second day, we drove down the highway to San Antonio, saw the Alamo and the beautiful buildings downtown.  We took the highway through Hill Country home.  We drove through the beautiful little towns of Dripping Springs and Blanco.  The wildflowers were just starting to bloom  –Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis)and Indian paintbrush (Castilleja spp.) were just starting to peek out.

The next day, we went back to Blanco to visit the cafe, pottery studio  and antique stores that were all closed when we drove through the day before.  On the way down we tried to stop at the Texas Hills Olive Oil Company but it was closed on Tuesdays.  Along the little country road we found a spill-over – rather than the water running through a culvert under the road, it runs right over the road n- gorgeous.  In Blanco, I found an antique butter press for a souvenir and a handmade casserole dish with an armadillo on the lid and had a bite to eat at the Redbud Cafe.  On the way home, we stopped at the Andalusia Whiskey Co. where Joe tried the White Pearl, the Revanent Oak and the Striker.  The place is beautiful and the proprietor was so friendly and knowledgable.