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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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  Wow .. another beautiful sunny day!

Quickly outside to start work .. today’s job is to dig out the lawn edging the sidewalk in the backyard.   To tidy up the area and keep the edges looking neat.

Today is Won Ton Wednesday, so I have only a little time to work away before it’s time to get changed and travel out to Dakota Cafe.

Using my fairly new Lee Valley garden spade, I started digging away at the soil.   Sinking the sharp rounded edge of the spade into the grassy soil growing over the sidewalk’s edge.  Made a lot of progress and filled up a few Rubbermaid containers with the grass/soil mix.

Then … it’s prepare for the drive and soon DH & I are travelling along the Pat Bay, en route to the Flying Club.  We are lucky and are the first customers at the restaurant!!   Sitting by a table with a view, we soon receive our Chicken Won Ton soup …. with foccacia bread!  Ambrosia!

It doesn’t take long for the restaurant to fill up .. so we’ve timed this right.    After our leisurely lunch, we check out and begin our drive home.  Traffic is not heavy at this time of the day ….so we can relax and enjoy the ride.

All too soon, back at the ranch, sort of .. and yea, I can go outside again.   To continue on with the edging of the lawn.

I heard the sounds of birds overhead, the calls are different, so, curiously, I look up at the sky .. wondering what kind of birds these are.  At first I see only 6 to 7 … large birds, huge wings outstretched .. perhaps Turkey Vultures?   Then I see quite a group of similar birds … soaring … thermalling .. making V like formations.  Definitely not Geese.   Or any geese that I’m aware of.

The sun glints off of their feathers and I envy them their flawless flight.  I can hear sounds .. their calls . .. and they seem to be a rolling trilling type of sound, almost a pigeon type of call, but louder.  Quite loud actually, as I could hear it quite distinctly way below on the ground.  I quickly tried to film the group and caught just a teasing edge of wing tips .. but could hear their calls again.   I’m mystified.  Thought they were turkey vultures, but learned that they don’t have the capability to make songs, only hisses and the like.

I’ll try to look up tomorrow .. perhaps I’ll be lucky and will see them again.

Anyway, the birds have flown away .. so it’s back to work.   I find the soil easy to work with, thanks to the recent rains.   I dig away for hours and hours, both sides of some sections of walkway and just one side for a length.

Once the major edging has been done .. then I’m working at the ground level, ensuring all soil is removed from the concrete edge of the walk, digging out weeds, excess soil.   Another few hours pass by.

Noticed an insistent type of chirping noise .. looked up and saw the resident woodpecker .. perched on the garden trellis .. then he swoops over to a sunflower seedhead and starts nibbling away on the seeds.  He doesn’t even notice me as I tiptoe over to take some photos.    I’m about 5 feet away .. the closest I’ve been yet!

The Chickadees take their turns at the sunflowers .. so tiny they are.   Then the Anna flies in .. .hovers on one side of the green plastic netting .. not sure if he is trying to decide how to get through the netting or perhaps he’s just hovering around!

I’ve read that the male Anna’s like to perch on bare branches .. so that must be the males that sit on the branch of the wild and crazy tree.  Good location.  After all, it’s all about “location .. location .. location” isn’t it?

Finally, all is done .. and I gather up 5 Rubbermaid containers and my full wheelbarrow .. of grass/soil mix.   Then I set up my soil sifting station and begin to separate the soil from the weeds/grass/root sections.

By this time, the sun has more or less disappeared from the back yard .. and I just know that kittie kats are watching the clock and wondering where their supper is.

I quickly sort out my garden tools, bring everything inside …. bye-bye yard .. till tomorrow!

Ah ha .. tomorrow .. the day of the Lee Valley big sale … debating whether or not I should go .. yes .. no .. yes .. no .. I finally decide to just go out there to see what is on sale.  That doesn’t mean that I’ll actually buy anything.  But, it wouldn’t hurt to have a look.

Once that is done .. then I plan to finish sifting the soil.   And then .. I plan to start some garlic seedlings.  Using those terrific styrofoam rooting trays .. with 96 cells in each one.   Perhaps 3 or 4 trays .. fill up with good bagged soil and plant several garlic seeds in each cell.   Then I’ll just set these aside for the winter and await the springtime .. to see if they’ve sprouted.

I have at least a million garlic seeds from my summer crop .. mostly hard neck garlic .. and I understand that it takes 2 years from seed to bulb .. so this will start my adventure in that respect.

And .. with this lovely sun pouring in the kitchen . .I’ve arranged all the green tomatoes in flat rectangular baskets on the table .. to soak up the sun.  Some have started to turn a blush pink!   I’m looking for recipes for green tomato/tomatillo chutney sauces … and also for apple chutney!  Then I can prepare them, can them and be all set for the approaching winter!



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