Monday, May 14, 2012

it's really spring!!!


this was the sky yesterday morning - isn't it gorgeous? we had an awesome day yesterday - we started our pepper plants, planted onions, chives, carrots, kale and swiss chard! jambaloney is still filling beds and tires - poor guy - he must have shoveled 4 million wheelbarrows of dirt by now!!! we stopped work at noon to have some lunch and then went for a walk to the river. for the rest of the afternoon we read, napped and suntanned - it was a glorious day!

here's the onion and garlic bed - i left some bunching onions overwinter and we'll be eating those babies soon! i planted a bunch of garlic at the bottom of the bed and 7 more rows of onions - yummeh!


here's the carrot bed - 5 different kinds of carrots and 3 rows of each. we can't wait to start digging them out and eating them - we won't even bother to rinse the dirt off - bahahahah!


here is the sky at noonish...those clouds are so dreamy! and i wish the pics properly showed that the sky here is never just one shade of blue - it is always 3 or 4 shades of blue. Helga, hon, let's go for a walk!

 another shot of the sky. i'm sorry if i am boring anyone but i can get lost looking at the sky here - it is so dreamy and beautiful!


let's go for a walk. ok. Helga, stop staring at the sky and come on! now we are going around the turn in the road - there's the river up ahead!


the river is so blue! and cold! that i know for sure - teehee! c'mon Helga, yer slowing us down with all of that stopping and staring - get a move on girl!


is this divine or what? i could look at this forever and never get tired!

it was a really hot and bright day. we put our feet in the water and immediately knew that we weren't going in any further - fuh-reeeezing cold! and we are not sissies! but we'll have to wait a few more weeks before swimming - i can't wait! Helga - stop poking those tadpoles!


inside our magic forest....so dreamy!


i love our trees! i love looking at the water from inside the trees - it feels like a magic, faery place! Helga - get down out of that tree before you hurt yourself!


this is where we plan to build a dock - it's perfect! and we will build our dock out of downed trees from our property and of course, with whatever junk jambaloney finds!


so beautiful!


we get filled with such a sense of peace whenever we are down at the river.


and now, heading back out of the woods and back up the road. Helga - get down from that tree - we're heading home now!


there's our little well....it does such a great job of providing us with water! look at the sun bouncing around it! Helga - get off the well! 


i hope that you all enjoyed your walk with us...i know that Helga did!

spring is really here! soon everything will be bursting with green and we will be eating fresh produce from the garden. i love days like this.

31 comments:

  1. Beautiful indeed. Now, you the heck is Helga....

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  2. Excuse me, 'who,' the heck is Helga...sorry.

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    1. Stephen - Helga is a dear friend, an old military buddy...she reads the blog regularly and she always likes going on walks down to the river - she's awesome like that!!!

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  3. Wow, beautiful, just freakin' beautiful! What an amazing place you live. OK, having lived near some rivers and of course in Houston, we have "bayous", do you ever have to worry about flooding on your property?

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    1. 1st Man - it really is beautiful - we love being here sooooo much! we are lucky to have such a gorgeous property and we always give thanks - pretty much everytime we are out in the yard! we couldn't be more grateful but we try! we soooo love it here! our property is way up high on a hill so we don't worry about flooding...although sometimes if the river backs up then it will sog out our suntanning area at the river...but only a few feet in. make sense?

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  4. So pretty:) I love that you have your river...I wish we had one, but if we did I would never get any work out of my tribe - they would be too busy playing in the water all day! Your garden's are coming along so nicely:)

    xo~ michele

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    1. it is so pretty Michele - i hope that you and yours can come and visit it someday! i would put the tribe to work until noon - then they can play in the river until supper - i think it would work out - bahahahah! gardens are getting there...fingers crossed! xoxo

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  5. I can't recall the last time I saw skies that blue. Simply amazing.

    Great photos.

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    1. Matt, buddy, i left home 26 years ago and i always dreamed of, and remembered the beautiful blue skies....sometimes i thought my memories were exaggerated. but since returning home, i have not been let down. every day the sky is more beautiful and blue...and even on cloudy days it is still beautiful! my memory did not fail me! and now i get to look at these skies every day. thanks buddy!

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  6. You can see the tree's through the forest, nice job. Very nice pictures of really nice weather. Inspiring to take more pictures for my blog, I'm a slacker on that.

    Why didn't you swim?

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    1. Max - swim???? swim??? are you serious???? we are talking water temps of about 9-10C (49ish F) - are you freakin crazy?!?!?!?! you are more than welcome to jump in buddy but i need that water to be at least 10 more degrees !!!

      ya - take more pics. i love blog posts that are filled with pics!

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    2. You know I would totally get in. Might not be able to swim, but the lakes at 12k+ feet just have an irresistible pull to me. I always pack trunks and a towel, even when I know the water will be 50 or so degrees.

      Yes, I am crazy, but to be normal would be so... mainstream.

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    3. buddy - you are more than welcome to get into that water. we put our feet in and they immediately went numb and turned blue - it's fuh-reakin' freezin'!!! but i will hold a bathrobe and towel for you if you do get in!!! bahahahahah!

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  7. How beautiful and serene...glad you had such a good day...isn't it a little late for planting garlic?? Or not?? I haven't grown it before (???) But want to this year...

    Happy Days, my friends!!

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    1. Akannie - it is sooo beautiful and serene....we enjoy walking down to the river all year long but this time of year is the best! garlic is one of those forgiving kinds of plants...in my experience, you can pretty much plant it whenever. you can overwinter it as well. these garlic will be left to overwinter and we will pull them up in the spring. garlic is easy and awesome to grow - go get a bulb...pull all of the little cloves off and plant them. you'll love it!

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  8. I'm still in a daze from the pictures....

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    1. me, too, Ed buddy! every morning when we wake up i go and immediately look out the window - it's always the same. beautiful and gorgeous. then we go walk around the yard - still the same. later in the day we take a walk to the river - still the same. it's dazzling to the eyes, the mind and the soul. thanks for stopping in, my friend!

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  9. Kymber,

    You both have been extremely busy getting your garden going. I so love swiss chard, it makes for a great side dish or a complete meal of it's own. You planted 5 kinds of carrots, I didn't know there were that many. Are they different colors too?
    Now, I would have gone swimming in the cold river. Where I was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan we would swim in Lake Superior and that water would get down right cold. Your skies and clouds are amazing they remind me of Wyoming and Montana. Those views you have, I would never get tired of. Maybe when we retire we should move up your way. It's a thought. Hubby and I are looking at possibly buying land within the next couple of years. We should put Canada on the list to check out.
    Love the pictures my friend, take care.
    Sandy

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    1. hey Sandy - i love swiss chard too and love to it eat it just as it's own meal! the carrots that i planted are scarlet nantes (nice, bright orange and barrel-shaped), napoli (small and fat), chantenay red (deep orange), arrowhead (long and narrow) and rainbow (these are yellow, purple, orange and red...they are fun!)! we love swimming but the water is really too cold right now...we need the sun to warm it up a few degrees over the next few weeks. and definitely put Canada on your list - there is beautiful land all over Canada and most of it is pretty cheap! you just have to know which provinces to look at. let me know if you want me to send you some real estate links. i am glad that you liked the pictures - i love taking them - bahahahah!

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  10. Oh my God ! Kymber - my sweetest friend in the entire world - that was by far the BEST WALK EVER ! Words can't describe the beauty and serenity here. The pics really capture the amazing land and blue, blue sky ! I'm never going to stop looking at these shots. Of course you know that - and I thank you soooo much for taking me along. In fact, I'm really still in the tree - forest bathing ! Sure beats the sandpits - Bahahaha !

    Love You Always ... Helga xoxoxo

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    1. teeheehee - i knew that you would love the walk Helga...i knew it! i was thinking of you as i was taking the pics and then decided to actually put you in the post - i knew that you would feel like you were there! and you always say how much you love the sky and this was a perfect sky for you! i am so glad that you enjoyed it! oh and you can forest bathe whenever you want, my dear sweet friend! that tree has your name on it - bahahahah! and yer darn tootins it beats the sandpit - bahahahahah! oh you kill me, my friend!!! xoxox

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  11. I never tire from looking at pictures of Nova Scotia. It is my personal belief that there are places on Earth in which the veil between Earth and Heaven is very thin, gateways to Heaven perhaps. Nova Scotia looks and feels like a gateway to Heaven to me.

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    1. Jane - i couldn't agree with you more! there are places in the world that i have visited and they just "felt" like they had something extra or something - you just knew that you were in a magical place. that is how it feels here. and i love your idea of the veil...the veil here feels incredibly thin. it's almost like i can touch Heaven when i look up in the sky. thank you for understanding and explaining it so well. xox

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  12. Have the seeds arrived yet? Hope they get there before it is too late to plant them.

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    1. Mrs. S - jambaloney will run down to the mailbox today and check for the seeds. it's not too late to plant them - we have a late growing season but luckily it's a long one. i plant on planting your seeds in one of our hugelkulture beds - you'll love it!

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  13. OH so relaxing. Reminds me of Northern Minnesota and now home sick. I put photo #9 as my screen saver. just looking at it relaxes me. Thanks guys for sharing your little peace of heaven.

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    1. sorry to make you feel homesick, Rob buddy - but if Northern Minnesota looks like this then no wonder you want to get back there so badly! i am so glad that you enjoyed the pics - i promise to take more for you! oh and buddy - you are very, very welcome!

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    1. oh Donna - it soooo is! we love it here!

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  15. Beautiful pics! Your sky is dreamy! I love your raised beds too! How big did you guys build them? Poor Jambaloney has got to be hurting from carting all that dirt!

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  16. thanks so much Wendy - we love the dreamy skies too! our raised beds are about 4ft wide and some are 12ft long, and some are 16 ft long. we ordered 24 cubic yards of dirt delivered last year...jambaloney shoveled half of it then. we are now down to a very tiny dirt pile...and hoping we can make it stretch. so that poor man has shoveled almost 24 cubic yards of dirt - bahahahah! it's amazing tho...he loves doing it and never complains!

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