Hello dear friends!
It's been forever, I know. There has been a lot of work to do as the weeds just keep growing! I've been to a family reunion and went camping, celebrated the 4th, got sick, etc. I am still sick. And have hayfever to boot. Not a winning combination (esp for a gardener). I thought it would be all better this morning, but it came back with a vengence. (The theological discussion with siblings until one in the morning probably didn't help.)
On Thursday Kip came up to Rivendell* with me to help me get caught up. He had found some wild mint growing near the woods and had enjoyed the discovery.
A little while later he came across more mint, raised it to his nose to smell, and StInG! Got a surprise! It was his first encounter with Stinging Nettle. Needless to say I had a very good laugh. It was a great moment.
(* The large property I garden in the mountains is called Rivendell, and built around The Lord of the Rings. It's very beautiful, and I love going to middle earth every day to work.)
Here are a couple of pictures from the camping trip to prove at least a fraction of my absence.
My brother-in-law and sister (who is 5 months pregnant. It's a girl!)
Dinner! Let's be honest, hot dogs taste great when you're camping. The s'mores were wonderful too! (And we got Kevin to put away his iphone long enough to eat! Ha ha.)
I just had to finish the chapter I was reading in "The Agony and the Ecstasy", and then I did put it down the rest of the time! The serious face is my reaction to the sacking of the Medici palace. It was a painful part to read.
I'll see you soon with pics of my garden!
~ Red Clover