Sunday, May 02, 2010

Moment Of Clarity

This weekend turned out be be a very relaxing and introspective one. It didn't start particularly well, as I was feeling kinda crappy Friday evening but I woke up Saturday with a better attitude.

Me and Grendal just contemplated the intricacies of life and the ever-changing flow of human relationships. Well, I think Grendal was mostly contemplating which bugs to eat but get the idea. In between such philosophical endeavors I did a little gardening, fired a bunch of mugs for the show I've been invited to and did a little house cleaning.

This is a view from standing next to the house, which would be on the right. Of course, that is the parking area on the left and further down on that side, my pathetic garden. I have finally come up with a great master plan for the layout and formal construction of the garden though so maybe I'll post about that soon. Further down the drive you can see where it bears off to the right. That goes back down the valley to provide access to the power lines and areas where I hope to build a tractor shed and such.

This is a close up of the flower bed you see on the right, just past the Bobcat. Things are beginning to bloom; it's looking really pretty. I have almost filled this bed up. I have bought a few plants but am trying to use a lot of native stuff and just transplant it over here. All of the natives just go bonkers when you give them a real bed with good soil to grow in and the deer are less likely to eat them.

The sage is blooming as is the catmint. I am also trying to cultivate a fair number of medicinal and/or culinary plants. I found out this winter that sage makes a really good cough suppressant tea. Doesn't taste real good but it's ok. Most of the weekend was cloudy and slightly windy but it wasn't gloomy, even with the lack of sunshine. In fact, it was quite peaceful and calming. The rain has set in now and I am listening to it on the metal roof. It will lull me to sleep tonight as I also have the windows open and a wonderful cool breeze is wafting through the house. I just put fresh, bamboo/cotton sheets on the bed and will soon be snuggled down and hopefully resting well. Only one thing lacking but I'll let you decide what that is....heehee, you all know what I'm thinking.



Wendy said...

I found that I very much enjoyed a tea of sage and chamomile sprinkled with a bit of cardamom and cinnamon and sweetened with a bit of honey. It was actually pretty good, and I was considering it for my green tea substitute ;).

Your garden is beautiful. I love the sage flowers ;).

Sissy said...

"Pathetic" you say; I don't think so. It all looks very good to me.

HermitJim said...

Looks like a great place to spend a peaceful day or two!

Maybe things are coming into focus a bit for you now...I certainly hope so!

Keep thinking good thoughts and good things will come, my friend!

Floridacracker said...

A show! Cool news artist girl.
Your plants look great!
I don't know if you went back to see my answer to your blueberry question, but I think I must get several quarts off my best, biggest (overhead) bushes.
...not the first year of course. These bushes stand 7 feet tall and are really productive.
Plus, they send out runners and up pop new bushes. You can leave them in place or transplant em.
Bamboo sheets?

edifice rex said...

Hey Wendy! thanks! I'll have to try the sage with those additions; that does sound good.

Hey Sissy! thank you!

Hey Jim! thanks Jim! i'm trying!

Hey FC! thanks! yeah, i read your reply about the blueberries. thanks for the info!
yes, bamboo can be made into a wonderful fabric. I have bamboo sheets and towels and they are incredibly soft and silky.

Hayley said...

I enjoyed the weather this weekend too. The bottom looked as if it would fall out all day Saturday and I was grateful it held off long enough for me to get moved. That night I sat on the porch and let the hot wind whip around me. It was nice.

Hey, did you ever try anything like this? Forgive me if that is an entirely inappropriate suggestion. I just read about that site in Country Woman Magazine and thought it was neat. It could work for you!

edifice rex said...

Hey Hayley! that's not at all an inappropriate comment; i don't mind! yes, I have tried similar sites although not one for just country folks. of the sites I tried, i would not say it was a good experience. one geared like this one might be a little better though as you would weed out the city slickers! ;)

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

I like the way your yard and driveway and everything is all setup Annie. It all looks good from here. I think I know what you're lacking with those sheets too, it's almost like I can read your mind. A big fluffy pillow, right?

edifice rex said...

Hey Mark! lmao!! yeah, a big pillow, that's it! :D
it's amazing how you knew!