Things are now moving at summer speed. Even though daylight lasts almost 16 hours now, you just donâ€™t get to do everything you could or should.
In the garden the deer fence is almost up since we now are seeing more of them and they’re moving ever closer to the yard. Soon theyâ€™ll be munching on the roses next to the house but they better leave the tomatoes alone. We DO have quite a few green tomatoes already and hundreds of blooms. This just might be a banner year for gardeners:
Bird babies are filling our back yard like no year in the past. Some of the little â€œbrownâ€ birds weâ€™re not even always sure what they are. But our Evening Grosbeak family continues to feed, and Rodger got a pic of the juvenile at dusk:
This was her at the water bath. Beautiful, eh?
Summer food is becoming abundant so we just may see a few other birds soon like Tanagers and Waxwings who are beautiful as well. Hereâ€™s our elderberries ready for guest diners:
Any walk in the forest will reveal an animal buffet when you run across an old stump thatâ€™s rotten enough to be full of delicious bugs:
Another beautiful thing blooming right now down in the park are wild native Tiger Lilys, and they are eye-catching:
We mention the walks in our back yard….heh heh, down the hill at least in Portland’s Famous Forest Park but never get pictures. This week, Rodger walked with us and took a pic of the Smiths and Mark…..too bad he wasn’t in it. This shot is just a little spot on Newton Fire Trail, so imagine that the Wildwood Trail itself is all of this and more beautiful:
Macâ€™s getting good runs and walks. Yesterday we had a houseguest, â€œMasonâ€, Paul & Kristenâ€™s English Lab pup who ran Mac ragged ALL day. This pup would NOT rest if he were tied down. Balls were thrown about a 1000 times, he got a walk in Forest Park, he got winded enough to lay down while drinking out of the bowl, and still wanted to play. Mac on the other hand at the ripe age of 2 is more calm now and I got a good appreciation of that state yesterday. Mac HAS discovered the joy of dry weather bringing out sprinklers:
The kitchen is getting used more all the time. Hereâ€™s the morning after beginning a bread starter Monday night:
About three hours later, hereâ€™s the result of the big loaf:
This was a tasty combination of rye, wheat, flax, white, gluten flours, wheat germ, vitamin C Crystal, yeast, water, buttermilk, egg, salt and honey and about 24 hours of fermenting. Good stuff when toasted and strawberry freezer jam on top! ! !
Tonight we go with dear Smiths to â€œTheater Districtâ€ a little Rep Theater Group doing a moving story about a family whose father realizes heâ€™s gay and all that ensues. Thereâ€™s lots of talk involving the child, the new partner, the wife, so this has been described as a heartwarming, moving, sad, happy tale done very well.
So life today is good. â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦. The sun just popped out, time to weed and mow.