Saturday, April 9, 2016

Here Comes the Sun...

Here are the starts!
We have 75 tomato starts, three different types of peppers, sunflower, celosia, amaranth, coleus, and a thousand billion jillion begonias. Where, you ask? Our living room. Totally normal behavior.
You ready, The Quilting Doberman? Plants coming at you soon!

And then the creatures. Gemma likes the dirt bucket.
And sunbathing.
Nora in the grass.
And the boy.
Another Tulip.
Last year's green onion... (Oops. It's not really supposed to bloom...)
More Tulips and Hyacinth.

Airscent Training

Okay - no post in forever, but today was so much fun, I can't resist.
We got to train in a secret fairyland place today. The wooded areas are wonderful and open and the ground is covered in moss... Fairy. Land.
Normally each dog works a 20-60 acre area and searches for a couple of human subjects. Today another handler and I tried something a little different. Jack and his friend Benny worked together!
After they sorted out the wiggles... and barking...
They got to work!
And worked...
And worked...
Once they got into the subject's general area, both dogs worked out the scent picture a little bit differently, but they ended up at the subject at the same time, raced back to the respective handler, indicated, and performed the refind at the same time too.
Then it was play time!

 Jack and Benny compared toys.

It was such a cool problem to work through - a touch of confusion, a little bit of distraction, and a really cool ending. Wonderful, wonderful day out in the woods!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Heights? Who's Afraid of Heights?

The day before I left for a brief 4th of July escape from work, a friend and I met at 0600 for a hike. Little did we know a beat-the-dawn start time would not beat the bugs. Boy, are they out in force this summer! We were overcome with an urgency, not only to beat the heat, but to keep moving to keep the bugs off.
Jack and his friend Nim had a great time and it was really nice to get out start the day with a long walk. Great to catch up with my friend too.
Jack is a special boy. It was a long way down to the water.
Later that day, Jess and I went up to the family cabin for a day and a night. It was so hot - holy moly. We actually went swimming in the Puget Sound, which... no. It has to be burning-rays-of-a-thousand-suns hot to be able to go into the Sound higher than your knees. Did that stop Jack from wanting to play? But of course not.
His eyes are shut. Although he may just be blinking, I choose to believe he is basking in the glory that is his most favorite place in the entire world.
Daisy has the right idea.
 The cats were displeased upon our return. The new little one is officially "Gemma," by the way. Name tag makes it official.
And then everyone reunited for the night. Happy (except Gemma with the cone of shame. Darn cut behind her ear won't heal) campers.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jess's Perspective

Jess took some beautiful pictures of the garden today and I thought I'd post them. Sometimes another person's perspective seem better for photos. Just don't say so if you agree ;)
I must say, as I sat in the courtroom listening to the rain on the roof, I imagined Jess out in the garden huddled over a flower of some sort. Turns out I was right.

Dragonfly in the sun.

Tomato Row in the background. The Quilting Doberman should send her elk babies over to eat the apples off these trees! You can see the cucumber, beans, and squash vines growing up the greenhouse frame. Yay. Orange nasturtiums in the bottom right-hand corner.

Dahlias, dahlias, and more dahlias. This one is strange because the first bloom was a blend - almost like two bulbs had fused together. One large chunk was a solid red, the rest this confetti color. Very interesting.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It's Hot.

It's hot. The plants are crispy. The grass is slippery and yellow. We fear our water bill.
That said, due to Jess's five a.m. watering, things are miraculously still alive. Remember the sweet pea post? Here they are! Still alive and smelling sweet by the garden gate (and the garbage bins.)

The begonias are thriving in the shade (shade?!) of the porch. Jack knocked a pot over the other day, but I smooshed the roots back into the pot and everything seems to still be kicking right along. Sigh.

You can barely see the bird on top of the plant stakes - I bought this at a garden show several years ago and it's my favorite thing in the yard. That and the tea cup and saucer vine growing on it.

Okay, some things are still green - hence the fear of the water bill. Eeep. On the left are two bean towers, on the right are the dahlias so far, and behind them is a glimpse of tomato row which is finally taller than the two of us.
Hello, giant onion blossom! We have harvested jalapenos, onions, and radishes so far from this bed. That's it. No tomatoes yet, but I have a feeling we are soon going to be up to our eyeballs in them.

We cut the green plastic out of an old green house and are growing beans, cucumbers, and gourds along a twine grid along the frame. Looking pretty good so far.
We harvested our first few beans from this line tonight. For a quick treat, steam until tender, toss with a few dashes of walnut oil and toasted walnuts. Yum! 

Gourds! And fossilized grass. :(

There's corn in our yard. Corn. And it seems to love the heat because... it's growing like never before.

I caught Jack snacking on the corn leaves.

Tomato row with the an apple tree in the background.

And Jess with a confused Jack looking on.
Look at that grass. Yikes.