see what i mean? look how bright and beautiful the last few days of may had been. and check out the beautiful red and gold finches in the apple trees!
yes the last week in may gets us all excited, even though we know better, but can't help ourselves. we get a bunch of stuff transplanted and planted. we make our first round of comfrey water to feed the plants. jambaloney almost pukes when he takes the lid off - it's pretty foul smelling stuff - but i love the smell of it - i know how many nutrients it contains for the plants! (i also love the smell of the compost bucket and it's poor jambaloney that has to drag it to the compost gagging and choking the whole way - bahahahah!!!)
P your comfrey slips are ready and will be mailed on monday. W i will save your slips until you give me the ok. email response coming.
check this out - a tiny baby pepper! in cape breton! in may!!!! amazing!
another beautiful end of may day and more birds in the trees. they entrance us and we lose hours sitting out front or out back watching them. we also got our wild duck back. he's been back a few times but each time alone. i want him to bring his mate!
jam had finished transplanting all of the chamomile - we weeded the bed but left the volunteer comfrey as who can ever have too much comfrey?
we mulched the bed with our own mulch. oh to go back in time, 6 yrs ago, and have spent the money on a mulcher/chipper. jam got ours on half price. but honestly - if you are only starting out in your garden, farm, raised bed - whatever - invest in a chipper! it will help keep moisture in, keeps the weeds down and after harvest can be tilled into your soil to decompose over the winter and add nutrients to your soil.
i mulched all of our overwintered peppers.
i also mulched all of our tomatoes.
hey - wanna know what a couple of 1 and a half pounders look like?
these babies start coming in from may until august. they are caught by our friends in fourchu and fourchu lobster are known to be the best in the world! i know it may seem that we eat a lot of lobster - but we do - it's seasonal, it's local, it's the healthiest lobster in the world and - remember guys - i don't have any teeth!!! i can eat lobster and i don't have to blitzkrieg it into mush which is really starting to get old. i can actually chew the lobster because the meat is so tender.
there's always gonna be a pick of sushi in my posts. i love sushi! and it's another thing i can eat!
here is the car that the dealership gave to jambaloney. it's a ford focus. jam says it's a nice little car but we are happy to have truckdura back in the driveway.
a beautiful sunset on one of the last evening's in may.
here's my new swing/gazebo with a net.
it's a place to go to escape black flies. i also always had a swing for the past 15 yrs. we got it at the first place we lived in, took it to the second place and then to our first-owned home back in the city. i loved that swing and it looked so perfect in the little park in our yard there. the kids who bought the place wanted the swing so we left it for them. and for 6 years i have not had a swing. i love it!
i wanted a green or brown gazebo/swing thing but they only came in red. that's ok because jambaloney is going to build me a proper cedar swing next year and this can go out front with all of the other stuff in the front yard that is red. it will fit right in.
sorry kids...more lobster. this is a 2 pounder and he was delicious! does anyone else drink the lobster juice from the knuckles, claws, tail and insides before they start breaking up the shells to dig out the meat? i suck every last piece of the lobster water before i crack anything. jambaloney does a little but he doesn't really care for it. so yummeh!
the salad greens are from our garden and i made a puree of mango, peach, mandarine, ginger, lime, and our own fresh mint. it was delicious!
and of course - lobster pasta. i would normally NEVER serve lobster pasta with macaroni but macaroni is easier for me to eat with no teeth.
jambaloney's is on the left - he made a super spicy sauce with our home-canned tomatoes, turmeric and our home-made hot sauce. i made mine with olive oil, butter, garlic, home-canned tomatoes, turmeric, cumin, cayenne and feta with olives. i wouldn't touch jambaloney's with a pole - just smelling it cooking had my eyes and nose running!
well...back to the last few days of may. much was accomplished and days and evenings were enjoyed - minus the black flies. but, as happens every year, we run around basking in the beauty of several, wonderful summer days, high-fiving ourselves, thinking we'll be swimming in the ocean tomorrow because it's summer.
no - between that last week of beautiful-trick-you-into-thinking-it's-summer...and ACTUAL summer comes june. and june is usually pretty bleck. so far this is a good representation of june.
june IS the cruelest month!
(anybody remember the song from, i think Sesame Street, that goes:
oh the moon in june is a big baloon
it makes you swoon, it makes you croon
it's heaven....being on the moon.
non, non.....la lune.
i think of that song and sing it to myself everytime i say or hear the word june.)
june is not all bad....we'll have some nice days, some crappy cold days like they are calling for, for the rest of the week. but it's not summer. so we have to wait. sigh.