Saturday, July 1, 2023

At home in a green garden

To celebrate the start of July, I thought we might open today's Hug with a nature snap. As in, welcome to my garden!

I designed the layout and set the flagstone (despite undiagnosed bronchitis, fool that I was), and Pete did all the planting. He still does all the weeding and maintenance while I enjoy the view. We must be twelve years into this garden now and the flagstone is still level, so I feel pretty good about that. 

Somebody else feels good about it too, or specifically, the city's maple tree in the middle of it.

 This tree was planted, I think, ninety years ago, and I fear it may be into its last decades. Every so often the city comes along and lops off limbs it deems to be a problem. That's led to some holes as the wood rots down. And one hole in particular, the one directly in front of the desk where I do most of my writing, is big enough for a squirrel to make a nest in it.

You can just make out the leafy lining
- now brown and textured -
hanging down from the hole

Sorry about not getting a picture of the squirrel racing back and forth with fresh maple leaves torn from their stems and carried home by mouth. It was adorable. If there are babies, maybe I will be more fortunate. We've been friendly with the squirrels here since we moved in, and I've never seen one of their babies. Since I managed to see the baby robins though, I'm feeling like this might be my year.

In knitting news, I've thought of a way to beat the heat while simultaneously buying myself more knitting time. I mean, that sock darning pile on my desk is now bigger than the stack of wearable socks in my drawer.

You guessed it. I'm going to prop my Kobo on my knee, load it with stories set in a snowstorm, and pick up my needles. Another feature, apart from bookshelves too crowded for any new additions, to make the transition to paperless reading that much easier.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next Saturday!

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