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Archive for August 1st, 2009

Whazzup?

I thought I might participate in NaBloPoMo for August, I sent them my email but I’m not on their blogroll yet, so who knows what’s up?   Their theme for August is “tomorrow”.   I keep hearing “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time;” (William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V Scene 5).  This is a quote my mother was fond of saying, I know not why, although the rhythm of it is enticing.

Anyway, I’m going to try to post every day for the month of August, which I already know is going to be a real challenge because next week we are intending to do a Girl’s Float on the Spring River in Arkansas.  The following weekend Jim and I are planning to go up to St. Louis and go out to dinner to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary.  That means I’m going to have to do some pre-posting in order to have things appear every day.  However, I can do that thing.

So, what’s up at The Havens, anyway?   There seems to be some project growing mushroom-like in our back yard.

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Indeed it does.  What could that new construction bode?   Notice the guide lines so that all the walls are straight, the proper footings being prepared for the wall to come.   This is the way Jim does things:  properly designed, laid out in nice straight Virgo lines, with proper foundations and underpinnings.

So what is it?   This is going to be our new strawberry tower.   The outer walls will be constructed of concrete and stone walls built inside slip forms, which we borrowed from our friends Cliff and Nancy.   We decided several years ago that if we wanted to keep the turtles out of the strawberries we were going to have to put the strawberries inside something that had a high enough wall that the turtles could not scale it.   Additionally, this will be easy to throw a bird net over while the strawberries are ripening and keep those voracious little guys out.   Where we are putting this is very close to the bird feeders, and without a net over it, I’m positive the birds will view this as a convenient fresh fruit buffet.

So that project is almost to the point where we will be hauling rocks and mixing concrete.

Meanwhile, I have been clipping the inner circle of the labyrinth, something I seem to need to do about three times a year.   I was gratified to learn that I am able to positively identify something like 95% of the rocks out there.   That’s a good thing, since I have accumulated quite a number of them over the years and I still haven’t made my “Identity Kit” for the inner circle.

While I was doing that I noticed that the naked lady bulbs that I transplanted out there this spring are still alive and kicking.

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For whatever reason, the bulbs in the labyrinth seem to be exhibiting more of the blue tips than the ones in the other gardens.   I’d love to attribute that to the energy of the labyrinth, but it probably has more to do with what micronutrients are available to them.   I was just glad to see any of them coming up, I dug this batch of bulbs up out of my chive bed in the herb garden with all intentions of planting them on the morrow following, but instead they sat in that bucket for well over a week before I actually got them in the ground.   I was afraid I had killed them.

Well, I really must get out and about or I won’t get the job done until tomorrow.   And as we all know, tomorrow never comes.

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