Monday, April 25, 2005

Wild Pony Posted by Hello

Mother and Daughter Posted by Hello

Pinto Mare and Foal Posted by Hello

Pals Posted by Hello

Pony Heaven Posted by Hello

Friday, April 22, 2005


These lovely thistles are growing all along the roadsides. They have the richest colors! I photoshopped this one just a bit for fun. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Two Dollar Rocker Posted by Hello

Snakeskin Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

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Morning Coffee Posted by Hello

To The Sea Posted by Hello

I See The Sea Posted by Hello

Wet Jeans Posted by Hello

Photographer Hard At Work Posted by Hello

Lator Gator Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Wisteria Cottage Posted by Hello

Stepping on a garden hose while trying to make a picture of a snake will almost make you wet your pants! YIKES! Posted by Hello

Wisteria Windows Posted by Hello

The pecans finally believe it is spring....

Monday, April 11, 2005

Look who came to visit....

Rupunzel's Room Washington GA Posted by Hello

The Campbell House Fountain (shot through the shrubs) Posted by Hello

Me at the Campbell House (just after making the picture above)Posted by Hello

David in Washington GA Posted by Hello

Washington Georgia In Bloom

Friday, April 08, 2005

In The Garden

Wednesday was another ‘premium day’ in Georgia. With a few days of rainy weather on the horizon I decided I’d better get moving on the garden. I have been debating the merits of renting a tiller from the local feed store but have decided that doing it by hand is the way to go for now. Georgia has been ‘growing’ on me a little and with no gym or Bisbee stairs to climb hauling sacks of peat moss and digging lots of soil seems just about as good.

Over the last couple of days I’ve dug four 4’ x 4’ beds. Turning what is essentially wild meadow into smooth raked beds by hand requires a bit of work. Each forkful of soil has to be combed free from the tangle of roots and greenery. Then I dig down another fork depth deeper to loosen it further. The soil in the spot I’ve selected is black and rich; not like the red clay that surrounds most of the property. I picked the place where things seem to be growing best on their own – a fact I may regret later when it comes time to weed.

The combined scent of the torn foliage and the earth is quite intoxicating. I drink it in as I work. I am Bikini-clad, which I suspect is illegal in Georgia, but I still sweat in the lush humidity that vaporizes up from the soil. I pause every now and then to straighten up and when I do I look and listen. I hear the wild turkey off in the distance calling for a mate, the hawk on the wing trying to scare up some lunch and in the background the constant hum of the insects working the field around me.

As I dig I think about the garden my Dad planted in Massachusetts with the help of 'Stubby' his plucky little Sears tractor. My father bought Stubby the year I was born and it traveled from the first house in Southborough to the house in Hanover, then on to New Mexico. His shell still exists in Arizona with other parts scattered between our houses and a storage unit, maybe to be reunited some day. Every year Dad swore his garden was going to be smaller but it always grew to an acre or more in part because I think he just loved working the soil with that little tractor. By the end of the summer the garden was so bountiful we had plenty to share with family and friends. I remember going out with my mother to gather the daily offering, planning meals and watching her cook in her straight forward New England style. Simple food, fresh and wonderful.

When I weary of digging I plant. Two beds of mixed salad greens including Arugula, Tatosi, Endive, Mustard, and several loose leaf lettuces. In the other two peas, green beans and spinach. Not all that much considering what I hope to grow this year but it’s a start. When I look at the tiny seeds I am amazed as I think of the power hidden inside them. A final pat of my hand on the soil and it’s begun. I can’t know what the results will be but I am hopeful……

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Amanda & Nat in Athens Posted by Hello

Scoop Hangin' In Athens Posted by Hello