Thursday, August 10, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
I'm sure it won't be too long and garden projects and vegetables will keep us busy. Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy what summer we're getting!
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Now, we have had a couple of days of sunshine mixed with the rain ~ so, it's hot and humid out there. Boy, having grown up on Lake Superior ~ when it's 85 degrees and humid ~ it's HOT!!
Tuesday, I took my sister and a friend to the bog. We all love the cool flowers that grow in them. They had never been there ~ while, I go on a regular basis. We had a fine time and the flowers did look amazing. There are more pitcher plant blossoms every year. It really is something to see.
A lot of people tend to think of bogs as just wet sloppy places that are a pain! However, when it's warm out ~ I don't mind getting wet to go out and find all these treasures! There was also buckbean, cranberries, potentilla (just starting) and iris out there. I also was able to show them the only wild lilac I have ever found in the county. It was well budded and ready to start opening ~ but, hadn't opened any of the blossoms yet.
Pitcher plants, on the other hand, I have found around a number of the shallow, swampier lakes in the county. This spot has no lake ~ it's just near Lake Superior. But, there is always water standing at least ankle deep. Lot of moss. Beautiful!
So ~ next time you get bored and don't have anything special to do ~ go find a nice bog and go for a walk!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Anyway, it's almost July and we are getting ready for the big Hovland Arts Festival. Our 12th year. We have a new pavilion to stage the music in now ~ which they just finished wiring. No more extension cords running all over the place. We bought a bunch of big tarps to side it and hopefully keep the musicians dry. After years of steep tent rental for them ~ we are trying this. We have the tarps. Cost about the same to buy all the stuff as to rent the tent. Now, we just have to put them up and take them down each year. We will see how that goes. Trial and error for so many things these days. Big winds are always the biggest issue with tarps. It blew darned hard yesterday afternoon so I will go see what happened since we hung everything later today.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The warm spell has put an end to my traveling all over heck in the woods to a stop too. That extreme warm spell and rain, followed by quite cold weather, made the snow hard as rock out there. Boy, Betsy and I were up the hills and over the swamps and really made tracks ~ because we could. One spot on the east shady end of a tall hill, in a gap where a creek ran thru, didn't get the message. It was soft in there and I was in up to my butt in the snow. Had to crawl on my hands and knees a short ways to a deer trail to get going again. Mind you, I was in my running shoes. It's always a blast while it lasts.
Anyway ~ I've been busy having too much fun. Hope you are too!
Sunday, March 5, 2017
I do hope you are all enjoying your winter tho ~ even if I am muttering about all the warm spells and rains. I probably should have posted photos of all that too. But, time to get out and have a hike with Betsy. It is, after all, above 30 already this morning and supposed to rain ~ again ~ sigh...............