Shortly after the camera and I and a new friend took a tour of the grounds, the skies opened and it poured. Though the term the ‘skies opened’ is questionable. As we walked around the skies closed above us. Then lowered down. There may have even been a string. It became darker, cosier. Like a big warm dark coat cupboard for playing hide and seek. With a pink cherry blossom jacket tucked incongruously beside you.
However before it rained the bees continued to work. And look -a bee in the magnolia. This surprised me, I did not know that bees worked magnolias. But as the Carpenter’s Lady and I were admiring the flowers we noticed that the bees were literally climbing up the almost open petals, wriggling through the tiny gap and dropping down into the stamens. We stood and waited for ages but the bees did not come out!
This one stumbled out after a while and slid down the flower to perch at its base and catch her breath. Hmm.
I know they are excited on the inside. Later ofter the rain, I let this group out of the hen house, and they threw themselves at all the new green shoots rummaging fast in the dusk. You really can see the grass grow at this time of year. It is exhilarating.
So the rain came in, thunder crashed and lightening flew about our ears, the dogs all hit the deck and crab scuttled for the basement. The cats appeared like Cheshires on the verandah railings. And so it rained. The Carpenter and his Lady went home and the large gathering of teenagers (evidently sullen teenage 18 year olds are magnets for bright laughing girls and their brothers, who knew!), stood in silence and watched the short but good downpour, munching on crostini, cheese and dill pickles from last summer. Sullen is lifting by the way.
When the wind and the rain hit, Mama waddled reluctantly into the barn to wait. Then turned around and was back out the moment the birds began to sing the concluding bars of the storm. But we are not watching Mama today. I have a new idea, we will accept her delicate condition and allow her to blend! From now on no-one can watch Mama unless it is out of the corner of their eye! We need to stop the longing for little lambys for the farmy. And focus on other things.
Like sage for instance. Sage is good. All the seedlings are outside and growing. The work is heavy at the moment, preparing and planting all the beds. I still have not finished clearing all the flower beds. Then we will plant all the new bee flowers into the gaps. The Carpenter’s Lady is coming back this morning to help me plant the potatoes (my blue potatoes have arrived), she is bringing her teenager! See above!!
The Sheep Sitter who I am calling Mama’s Midwife (she has insisted I call her to help when Mama starts dropping lambs, she grew up on a farm and is a delightfully strong sensible older lady), she will drop in today too. We have a plan we are working on. She volunteers at the local Food Pantry and said that a lot of the perishable food gets thrown away, the pantry is only open once a week, so we are going to throw the leftovers to the pigs instead of in the rubbish and grow a pig for the food pantry. That way the food is not wasted and the food pantry waste loop is closed.
The farmy is working its magic. The people are coming. The animals call them I think.
The Old Codger is good but missing the blog and knowing what is going on, why can’t they have computers for the old folks in these homes? I need to work on this. These people can become too isolated. So I pinned the whole collection of farmy postcards on the wee notice board in his room to tide him over. They are so colourful and bright. He was pleased.
TonTon was the very calm this time. He gently loped through the halls. No darting looks, no anxiousness. He just wandered into the Old Codgers room, licked his hands, wriggled for more cuddles and then threw himself at the old man’s feet, sighed, and went straight to sleep.
ps, I just realised that I forgot to do my Saturday introduction page of interesting new blogs. How could I forget that. Next week I shall get back into the groove. OK.. Time I got to work!