Saturday, May 31

the last of May - bring on month #6



Another week has passed on Whidbey Island. Another week on Lavender Wind Farm. Another week of spring. The days are finally warming up, the sun is less bashful than it has been for months. The bees, hummingbirds, slugs and snails are fat and content with the new green shoots and colorful flowers that insist on occupying every inch of ground space. The garden is getting quite 'bushy', in fact, some of the plants that were started from tiny seeds are massive - dense with edible foliage.


This past week I've been sharing space with Dean and Suzie and their two grandsons (twins of 6). The boys have spent lots of energy "helping" the adults. Helping with weeding, planting, shoveling, and surprisingly, even washing dishes (of which they insisted on washing today's breakfast dishes all by themselves).


The march to summer solstice has begun. Each night the sun moves further north along the horizon as it sets. By 10:00 the last streaks of light from the setting sun can still be seen lingering over the water. Dinner has been pushed further and further back as the sun is stalling before finally disappearing behind the Olympic Peninsula. And, as expected, dawn is breaking quite early. I wake to the singing of the songbirds as early as 4:30 some mornings. And if I dare to sleep-in until 7:30 or 8:00 it is as light as noonday!


I didn't try to save any birds this week, but I did manage to bury the latter half of a rabbit that I found under the fir tree. Must have been the leftovers from a hawk or an eagle. Nasty!

please try not to be jealous of my delicious looking lettuce, spinach, and other random greensthe bees have been pollinating, tirelesslymaking the days count is my main job

8 comments:

Sarah said...

Ok, I'm jealous of your lettuce. Mine is still a mass of little red leaves!

Raleigh said...

wow. we have nubbins of plants, so far. and what a sunset!

LauraG said...

Absolutely beautiful, Les. What a place you have to call home, my adventurous cousin! I wish I had your green thumb!!

Mom said...

Your pictures are awesome! I love the water behind the close-up of the flowers, the colors of the lettuce leaves, the angle and colors of the picture with the phlox and building, and, of course, the incredible picture of God's amazing painting - the sunset on the water! You've captured some delightful views of our world. Thank you, again, for sharing things from your unique point of view! Beautifique!!!

Dad said...

Leslie, I do love your word selections! Tonight after supper, I had no appraisals to wrestle with, so out to the lake front, I trotted! It is about 70 degrees, a slight breeze tickles the green watertops, and I had a blast catching 7 fish! 4 nice largemouth bass, 3 were of the 2lb genre and 3 other pan fish, silver with black horizontal stripes? Do not know what they were, but the spinner bait did not care! Miss you, love, Dad.

Calli said...

wow les. everytime these pictures speak volumes. i think that you need to get your padre out there to fish in that water. then you guys can have a fish fry!

Kristi said...

You have one heck of an eye for photography! Have you considered a side job at art shows?
We should all learn to look at life in a new, unhurried way!

a friend said...

Wow! I only have room to grow lettuce in pots.