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Weekly Recap

Memorial Day Weekend was fun. We didn't hit near the number of wineries we wanted to. virga_flame gave me some good advice on that score. The Les Bourgeios winery was an excellent choice and I have to say thier Catawba, Pink Fox is now among my favorites. We loved the sweet whites at the Bias winery in Berger in particular the Ambrosia and the Ice White. We bought nearly a case of those. We didn't get to the Pirtle winery at Weston. Too much driving already so we are saving it for another outing.

We spent Monday at the farm catching up on some chores and resting as well. Of the 31 trees I planted recently, only two look like they are struggling and may need to be replanted. I'll be down at the farm by myself this weekend getting a late start on my meager garden for this year. I'm just going to have tomatoes, peppers and radishes, oh and sunflowers. I didn't even till the whole thing up. Just enough space to do what I want.

We've gotten a fair amount of rain this week. I hope a bunch fell at the farm because the emerging soybeans are not going to make it if we have a continued drought this year. And I need all those soybeans for the biodiesel and alternative fuels for all those E-85 vehicles you all are supposed to buy this year. So get out there and support my farm. Monday we were treated to some awesome storm clouds as the first of the storms rolled in.

Recently, we've had a yard full of bunnies hanging about. The mama was out front this morning sitting up on hind legs with a dandelion hanging out of her mouth. The babies are all over the place. You have to watch for them when you mow and they don't seem near as skittish as the parents. This little guy has been spending a lot of time by our front steps in the shrubbery.

Between the bunnies, the squirells and all the birds, we have quite a menagerie of late. I saw a sparrow hawk nab a juvenile blackbird out of its nest the other day. The parents gave chase but the hawk knew it's business. Yep, nature can be cruel and beautiful all at the same time. OH well, off to the meat store, the plant store and then home. I'm baking a chicken tonight and serving it with roasted potatoes, carrots and onions and one of our new bottles of wine.




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Jun. 2nd, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
A wile back you talked about paying attention to the animals that cross ones path... the other day I found a baby bird in my back yard. A couple days later I found it there dead.

turtles seem to like the middle of the road when I am around.
Jun. 3rd, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
When Deb and I were in MO last weekend we saw a snapping turtle crossing the highway. You almost never see them outside of a pond or lake.

Jun. 2nd, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
I want a bunny! That is so cool. Bunnies eating dandelions....warm and fuzzy thoughts.

Jun. 3rd, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
No bunnies on the West Coast? These bunnies are in our neighborhood in the city. At the farm we are always overrun with them up close to the house and barn. Further out and the coyotes keep them under control.

Jun. 3rd, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Beautiful storm pics...
Jun. 3rd, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
I just wish we would get more storms this year. We really need the rain.

Jun. 4th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
The Barton Springs Aquifer is still in Drought 2 stage... so I hear you. The only consolation I can see at this point is they are predicting a higher than average hurricane season for us, with 4-5 storms predited to hit the Texas coast... drought or hurricane. Texas... it's like a whole 'nuther country.
Jun. 5th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
The climate seems to be changing for everyone. Makes me wonder if this is the beginning of the change or if it's stabilizing and this is the way it's going to be for awhile. My folks live on the Carolina coast so yeah. Hurricane city. I don't envy you guys down there.

Jun. 4th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
At least you don't have to nab the chicken like the hawk has to. Beautiful pictures of the distant rain. Do you name the native wild pets that come around so often?
Jun. 5th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
If they stay around long enough. Usually I just call them "Buddy" or compliment them on their colors or their songs. If they are meant tp mean something to me they will usually let me know their names. There is a female cardinal that hangs around me at the farm whose name is Shadow Woman. Then my Shawnee sister's maind guide, Red Hawk, comes around pretty often. And my own guides She Who Dances on the Wind (a small barn owl) and Brother Coyote are with me all the time.

Jun. 5th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Cool. I just name everything Gertrude.
Jun. 5th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
Gets a little confusing with everyone named Gertrude doesn't it?

Jun. 5th, 2006 08:04 am (UTC)
Nah. Easy to remember one name, and they never complain about it.
Jun. 5th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
I love weather like that, I'm a big fan of storm dancing...all that energy and it's FUN!
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