Wall Splotch, Er, Paper

August 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

This cool, artsy white-and-blue-splotch wallpaper is in the Annex Coffee Shop in Brooklyn.

DSponge Annex-Wallpaper

Annex Coffee Shop. Photo by Adam Elstein / Jin Hyung Kim; via design*sponge.

Photo by Adam Elstein and Jin Hyung Kim; found via design*sponge.

Not exactly my blue, but love it in a free-form pattern and in combination with white.

Painted Log Retaining Wall

August 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

During a random Internet search, I came across these two images of a sunken path flanked by log retaining walls (image 1 and image 2). The log ends that face into the path are painted with various shades of pink and purple:

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Blue Truck on Pinterest.

Blue Truck Log Retaining Wall Detail

Blue Truck on Pinterest.

Genius! There’s a particular spot on our front yard that I think would benefit from a retaining wall, but, alas, logs are way too big for the spot. Or maybe not if you cut them into very short pieces… This needs some thinking! :)

Monthly Photo: July 2014

August 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

You know those photo challenges that ask you to take one photo every month in exactly the same place, with exactly the same subject matter, angle, and all that? I thought it would be a really interesting project, so I decided to do that this year.

I’m taking a picture out of a second floor window towards the woods at midday on the last day of the month, every month, from January 2014 to December 2014. Here’s July 2014:

July 2014 Monthly Photo

A nice, cool, overcast July day.

P.S. I also posted a collage of the first third of the year.

First Harvest: Heirloom Lemon Cucumber

August 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today Mr. E harvested his first cucumber. Yes, one cucumber – but what a hoot it was!

Heirloom Lemon Cucumber

It’s a lemon cucumber, apparently a heirloom variety. The seed bag only gives the generic species name for cukes (Cucumis sativus), so I don’t know whether there’s a more specific way to identify the variety.

We promptly had it with lunch. The taste was delicate, slightly sweet, but not at all bitter even at the “poles” of the cucumber. The peel was a bit hard, though, but that might get softer with more time on the vine (at least that’s what Mr. E thought). We loved it!

Lemon Cucumbers  on Vine

And there’s more where that came from!

Second Time Around, Please!

July 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

One of our weigela bushes produced a handful of new flowers at the end of July in addition to its regular crop in May.

Weigela 2nd Blooming

I’m flabbergasted! I cannot remember it doing that any previous year.

July Wild Turkey Update

July 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Turns out that our wild turkey mama has been joined by another! We’ve named them Nina and Simone (or Sybil – kinda vacillating between the two still). Both have sizeable broods – Nina has nine, and Simone seven or eight. They’re also difficult to keep track of and/or photograph.

Two Turkey Mamas w Chicks

One time when they were on their way through our yard, I thought I counted 16 chicks in all, but that may have been a fluke. We don’t see them very often, but whenever they’re here, we’re delighted to catch up, so to speak. :) Just yesterday they were back, briefly. There was the huge flock of chicks (on the left side of the photo below) and three adults, two of whom were engaged in a fight (on the right):

Turkey Fight

We’ve been seeing a lone turkey on and off apart from the two mamas. My guess is that one of the hens fought the lone turkey, maybe over priority to use our neighbor’s bird feeder. It was eerily silent – no squawking or clucking, just the two birds pushing back and forth for a few minutes, attempting to grab each other. Talk about drama mamas!

Latest Local Food News

July 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Mr. E’s cucumbers (grown from heritage lemon cucumber seeds; Cucumis sativus) are blossoming…

Cucumber Blossoms

…and his peas (Pisum sativum) have both blossoms and pods.

Pea Pods

Raspberries are also producing.

First Raspberry Harvest

Lots of good things to come. :)

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