oh kids - what a beautiful day!
clear blue sky, everything is finally starting to turn green....rest my beating heart! many different kinds of jobs were done today! jambaloney started up the generator and it ran tip-top.
he moved all of the junk on the left hand side and made a cool space for our new chipper/mulcher! woohoo! we're going to be making our own mulch for all of our beds this year! it will make for waaaay less weeding! woohoo again!
the potatoe tires are ready for planting in the next few days - we have 40 sets of tires ready to go to plant 4 kinds of potatoes - i am soooooo happy!
our bird feeder cracked so we put a plastic bowl in it to let the birds drink and bathe. the rock is so that smaller flying creatures like BEES can land on the rock and drink. i love it when i see 3 or 4 bees of whatever kind out there getting a drink!
we weeded our strawberry hugelkulture. i can't believe they are already coming back at this time of year! they are alpine strawberries and we planted them late last year and were told we would not get any strawberries the first year. well we got a bowl full last year - so we are really looking forward to this year!
here is a beautiful pic looking down to the road to the river:
lunch was grilled chicken wraps with home-made blitzkreiged salsa and really mashed guacamole. i ate mine with a fork and knife in little bits and because jambaloney grilled my chicken so well...i was able to gum it - it was delicious!
it really was a gorgeous day! we brought all of the peppers that we overwintered in the house outside to check for aphids and to give them a good spray down. can you believe that our overwintered peppers are already producing peppers????
check out these beauties:
this is our may 1st harvest of peppers that we overwintered...can you even believe that???
bad picture but i transplanted my scottish/bitter vetch.
i plan to make an actual garden of scottish/bitter vetch...and here's why:
"This plant was formerly an ingredient of the Highland diet when food was scarce until the 18th century, when the potato became an important crop in the region. The small tubers were removed from the roots and dried. Once eaten, they prevented thirst and hunger pangs. Certain medieval herbals claimed that this effect could last for days or even weeks. It is surmised that this effect derives from the presence in them of transethanol.[dubious – discuss]
The plant may be the one eaten by Roman soldiers in the battle of Dyrrhacium in 48 BCE."
if S hits the fan - i want to know about everything that i can grow to feed my family!
OK - NOW ON TO THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD THAT I PROMISED I WOULD SHOW IN MY LAST POST....
GET READY FOR IT...
i got a mermaid tail - bahahahahahhah! yes - a mermaid tail! as ridiculous as it sounds - i have always loved water - i have swam in many oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, ditches, mudpuddles ( and once took a dare and dove into the fountain at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa fully-clothed!) - but i have always known i was a mermaid.
jambaloney found it on an internet site and asked me if i wanted it? ARE YOU FREAKIN CRAZY? OF COURSE I WANT IT!!!
it's too cold to wear it in the river or the ocean yet - so i wore it in the hottub!
and realized just how much of a mermaid i am flipping my tail up and down!
i can't wait to take this thing down to the river and ocean - i am going to have soooooo much fun!
ahhhhh....the life of a mermaid!
EDIT STARTS HERE: a few of you have asked how the thing works, so i decided to do an update with pics. the mermaid skirt is made of really stretchy material that stretches and then once on, clings to the body. kinda' spandex-y.
here is a pic of the fin:
the outside of the fin is water proof rubber stuff, and inside the fin is a hard plastic inlay. you put the fin on by putting your feet into the "socks":
once your feet are in, you slide the mermaid skirt around the bottom of the in, up the fin and then up your body. you can hop in the fin but you can't walk - that's why they recommend that you put your mermaid suit on near the pool, or any water that you will be getting into. no probs for me - i'll sit at the edge of the river and put it on and hop into the water, and will do the same down at the ocean. hope this helps clear up any questions you might have had. EDIT STOPS HERE.
remember seeing a yellow thing a few pics back in one of the mermaid pics? well that's my hunk of a man putting together our new chipper/mulcher. we can make our own chips and mulch for our garden beds and for our walkways and for our compost - woohoo!
we had an incredible day! and chili for supper!
i cheated because even though we are off dairy and all i am eating is mush - i broke down and got jambaloney to get me some goat's cheese (less caesin in goat's milk than cows). it was delicious with the goat's cheese! jambaloney had half of our own winter grown red and green monet pepper (jalapenos) with his and at his first bite he was all - "oh these peppers are divine!". so i asked him to bite me off a tiny piece to try. i sucked on it for only a second, spit it out and ran screaming around the yard! i made it half-way around the house before he passed me screaming like a girl - bahahahaha! those peppers are deadly and if any of you want some - let me know! these peppers come from plants that are 2yrs old and we saved seed from them last year. if you like hot peppers - these are some of the finest!
we ate our chili, ran around the house screaming for half an hour, have put on clothes because we expect that the cops will be arriving soon - we were screaming and crying so loudly one of our neighbours must surely have called the police, no?
the day is still gorgeous but jambaloney has work to do.
we will go out in a few and take a walk, look at our beautiful land, have many hottub dips, jam will do more work on his contract, i will catch up on your blogs, we'll find a good documentary to watch and then bed. we've had a wonderful, busy day and i got a mermaid tail - bahahahahahah!