May 11, 2004

Sun madness

I promise I am still knitting — but there won’t be any evidence of it in this post. It’s suddenly jumped from 10 degrees and rainy (with hail for added enjoyment!) to 25 degrees and blissfully bright blue skies. I’m just not capable of concentrating on knitting, so I’m reporting on the outdoors, instead.

Because it is so gorgeous out today I took my books and notebooks outside into the back garden to sit in the sun while I worked. Here’s the view from my lawnchair:


Those are the hops, of course, still growing at a phenomenal pace, even though I culled them heavily this weekend. They should really grow to 10’ or so, but we don’t have tall enough supports, so they need to be trimmed at about 6’ or they fall over and coil in on themselves.

Tigger joined me in the garden, of course; he loves it when we go out there with him. He mostly lounged around in the shade, but he also came to visit me and hang out under the lawnchair:


I actually managed to get quite a bit of work done before fear of incipient sunburn drove me inside. It was lovely.

There’s a secondary, but also extremely gratifying, aspect to the summery weather:


We don’t have a dryer in this house, though we do have a washing machine, so all winter the clothes dry on lines in the basement. It’s so nice to finally have them airing in the sun again! And much quicker.

And finally I’ll finish up this long and inconsequential post with a picture of one of the moneyplants (also called silver dollars, I think) in our backyard; I think these are often considered weeds, or at least I’m pretty sure our neighbours think they are, but I find them so pretty that I can’t bear to pull them up. They’re welcome to the edges of my garden as far as I’m concerned.


Tomorrow, knitting. I promise.

Posted by Aven at May 11, 2004 03:52 PM

What a great picture of Tigger sitting under your chair! I love all your Tig pictures, probably because he looks so much like one of my girls (Abby a/k/a Big Moose Cat).

Posted by: chris at May 11, 2004 04:47 PM

I have (had) a ‘Silver Dollar’ plant however I don’t think it survived the hurricane, the whole area where it grew, (along with my Chinese Lantern’ plants) was pretty ravaged by the wind. You know, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen my ‘silver dollar’ in bloom… I get the silver dollars so it must bloom. Hmmm.
I love my clothes line, I don’t have a dryer either.

Posted by: Paula at May 12, 2004 12:19 PM

That laundry picture is amazingly gorgeous. What colors! And bunny ears? Come on…..

Posted by: Rachael at May 13, 2004 01:29 AM

Now that’s a cat picture!
Our money plants are out too, plucked a few for the table on Sunday when we had Nancy over for dinner.
Dad went fishing with John Tuesday and caught a 2.5 lb. trout (actually a spackle, mix of lake trout and salmon), which we shared with John and Marie at their house after my riding (we went on a lovely hack) — a wonderful sunny day for everyone. Usually John and Ian go fishing to not get trout, or fishing to not get pickerel, or fishing to not get pike. Ian says it takes different gear for each kind of trip. So this breaks a long-established tradition….

Posted by: Susan at May 13, 2004 12:41 PM

I love the cat and plant photos. Keep em coming. What do you do with hops? beer? I would love to know. I am an avid gardener.

Posted by: marlo at May 13, 2004 04:54 PM