Monday, April 30, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
We had a soggy walk the other day up at Harewood Mines...seems the Island has forgotten about the sun. Michael came with and he had the camera for some of these photos that really, truly capture moments of west coast's soggy treasures. I've mentioned before that these are my favorite trees, the Arbutus. This walk is chock full of them. Let's hope that the rumours that this land is slated for development are false. These trees are becoming more and more rare as where they grow is ideal development land.
Emma likes it when Aethan's car seat is left in my car. She thinks it's a throne, I believe.
And, finally, now that the weather has warmed(raining like nobody's business, yes, but still warmer), Sebastion is out and about. I am WAITING for new shells to arrive in snailmail. He is too big for his current shell and it becomes harder and harder to find replacements. I don't think people who sell pet supplies anticipate that folks can keep these guys alive so long. Petco sells Hermit Crabs for pets BUT does not supply you with, nor can you special order, larger shells for when they molt. Does this seem either ethical or responsible? Normally, they can live 30 plus years, but molt and grow bigger all the time. Without providing larger shells, Petco is selling a pet doomed for a miserable death... my Sebastion, by the way, is a rescue pet, believe it or not. Seven years ago, I found him abandoned in his stupid plastic cage in a coffee shop in south Texas. He was 1/4 of the size he is now. His shells cost about a buck then! Now they are 15 bucks plus international shipping. He needs to get a damn job! And? His new shells need to get here!!! He is antsy and I am nervous!
So you all, have a good time this weekend...I have plenty of chores lined up to fill the moments of the days...rain or not, the new section of garden is going in, two trips to the dump, laying in a load of gravel AND a load of dirt, scooping out all the kitty litter, er, bark mulch, the previous owner put in and laying in a walkway instead.....sigh. I already need a nap!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
It was so warm and sunny, we took off for the walk at Fry Road over the weekend. It is a bit of a time commitment, a bit of a drive out past the Duke Point Ferry Terminal a ways.
Even the storm clouds rolling in can't deny Spring is here. Truly here. Finally here. When the rain stops, the air is warm...thank the powers that be...it feels like it was a long time coming.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Dirt under my fingernails from the garden, skin feeling fuzzy and warm... Emma had a nice roll in green grass, she smells so good.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89). Poems. 1918.
Spring and Fall
to a young child
MÁRGARÉT, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves, líke the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Áh! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thank you so much. I love it all! And? A lovely treat from Barb wrapped in lime green paper with a lime green ribbon came on a float plane from Sechelt, tucked into Aethan's bag when he came home from Nanny's yesterday. This little book is an absolute treasure. Thank you so very much, too.
Out back, the evergreen clematis is thriving. It smells like candy. Sadly, we are not sure the passionflower survived this winter. It would be a shame if it didn't, it's so glorious. It may come back. I recall it didn't really take off last year until the weather got really warm. Cross your fingers. The raspberry bushes, the blueberry bushes, the gooseberry bush and the hops are all sending out new growth...the kiwi vines look great.
And the daffies...what is spring without the daffies?