Thursday, May 15, 2008

Giddy's Back!

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted, but between a trip south to see Mom and Dad in Kentucky and then on to Nashville to see our younger son and his family, and trying to get the garden into some semblance of order, it's been a whirlwind existence for the past few weeks.

It was great to see Mom and Dad and we had a pleasant visit with them.

H was able to get together with all his friends at the Bluegrass Brewing Company. Twelve years ago, he had painted all of them in racing colors and for years the painting has hung in the BBC. This picture is all of them together again at the pub.

Our family loves to cook, so I had purchased little chef sets for Ashton and Kaiya, complete with hats, aprons and their very own rolling pins. What better thing to bake than free form apple pies!

They were quite proud of their efforts and the pies tasted really good with vanilla ice cream.

The next day, we went for a walk around the lake in a local park. We saw several deer and little Kaiya had to stop and look at every bug on the ground.

Ashton was looking for turkeys so we could take it home and eat it! Gratefully, we didn't see any.

When we returned home, Spike decided that the half emptied suitcase made a great napping spot.Today is also Garden Bloggers Bloom Day so I've been out in the garden taking photos of things blooming up here. The leaves on the trees are finally out and it's really beginning to look a lot like spring. We've had wonderful, sunny and warm weather so it's been a joy to be outside digging in the garden despite the annual onslaught of black flies. They generally bother us from Mother's Day to Father's Day, so during that time we slather ourselves with Deet and don our head nets when outdoors. We don't have much in bloom right now, but here are the highlights:

The daffs didn't bloom much this year, much to my disappointment

However, the primroses are putting on a spectacular display!

Creeping Phlox shines in the bright sunlight

Bleeding heart

PJM Rhododendron

It suddenly occurs to me that I have an awful lot of pink in the garden! That's ok, 'cause I like pink.

Life is good in the garden
Hugs, Giddy

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Blog Change?

Lately, I've been very frustrated with Blogger. Sometimes, I'm unable to post pictures and it often takes so much time to comment on other blogs that I just don't bother, much to my disappointment because I read many of them and would love to comment on each.

So, I have opened a blog on WordPress. I'm still not certain whether I will change or not, but the choice is there if I really get frustrated. The one thing that holds me back is having to learn new things and the time it will take to get the blog set up with all the gadgets I'd like to have.

In the meantime, here's what I've been up to for the past couple of weeks.

- I purchased and spread 50 bags of composted cow manure over the perennial and veggie

- I built a rustic trellis for the Clematis "Firecracker" out of cherry saplings we cut down last autumn

- The primroses are blooming

- We had a fun get together with our friends at their camp. Lots of good food, drink and conviviality!
- A few days later, we enjoyed a good time with friends at our house for a German meal. I baked a couple of European Peasant Loaves.

All in all, a very busy time of year. The garden is beginning to pop, and after the significant rainfall we had the other day, the grass is going to need mowing very soon.

Life is Good,

Hugs, Giddy