Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Yesterday, After the Rain or 1,111 Posts

Once upon a time, a family awoke to an unexpected shower. The rain falling in the garden, was cold, the sky dark and gray, and the family felt invigorated and inspired by the change in the weather. There was talk of camping, or walking in the zoo. The youngest one found her umbrella and boops. And when the rain stopped, they stepped out and into the garden.

I had so much fun reading your comments and reactions to the "Pop Post" that I had to go back to the Blogger Buster tutorial and pull out a new trick. I feel so fancy. But I'd rather wear boots and gardening gloves than a tiara... just look what's popping up in the barrel garden. Those tall fellows are carrots and the wee little ones are violas.

Can you see the little seed caps at the tips of the carrot sprouts? Those delight me. And already the frilled true leaves of the carrots are emerging. It's very exciting. I know, it's time to thin them. They'll be crowded enough growing in a barrel next to flowers and a tomato plant. Joe will be happy to dine on tender and fresh carrot greens.

Did you know Carrots love Tomatoes? I learned all about companion gardening years ago when I read Louise Riotte's wonderful gardening book. It's one of my favorites.

I hope carrots and tomatoes love violas. I do.

Once upon a time, there was a kitty who lived all of his days loved and sheltered. To keep him safe from coyotes, which are alarmingly prevalent and malevolent and mean and hungry and most unpleasant, the family kept the kitty indoors.

Most days our furry baby is happy inside, and then there are days like this one when he cries and cries and cries. He watched me from the big window as I cooed to my carrots and tomato, and he made such a pitiful wail as if to say, "Nature calls me to her bosom, be merciful and let me answer. I am a fierce and wild beasty! Hear me roar!"
Really, it was just like that.

So I released the wild beasty. And he directly ran and leaped for the most beastly and wild corners of the walled garden. He sniffed rain dampened grass. He rolled in a dirty place. He attacked a spider web with beastly ferocity.

"Here kittky, kitty. Come here Benjamin baby, furry, furry yum-yum," which is the name he likes me to call him.

And this is how he answered me!

Then Maria got wild too! She waved goodbye to Alex and me, she even said "I love you, " as she drove off in search of adventure.

.... to be continued.


Lesley said...

Oh wasn't the rain just wonderful? Even though I had a whole rack of washing out to dry — it's still there! And we lit a fire last night. I'd do a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g to prolong winter.
By the way, I just cannot believe the colour of your gorgeous girl's eyes.

Marilyn said...

Great post, and I love the pictures.

Starry Night Hollow said...

That girl looks like she needs a hat! Your pictures are all so beautiful!

YayaOrchid said...

This is why I love your blog! You share so many beautiful pictures, they are a treat for the eyes. Benjamin looks like an exotic cat, so regal and fluffy. Maria is a joy to look at, she exudes happiness! You are very blessed, Natalie!

Tilly said...

ooh and now I have veggie envy. That book about growing certain ones alongside others sounds intrigueing. Must look into it. I agree with everyone else - your photo's are a treat. :)

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