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A trip to the well

Can you guess where I went on my latest adventure?
Can you guess where I went on my latest adventure?

Today you will say things you can predict and other things you could never imagine this minute.  Don’t reject them, let them come through when they’re ready, don’t think you can plan it all out.  This day will never, no matter how long you live, happen again.  It is exquisitely singular.  It will never again be exactly repeated.

~ Naomi Shihab Nye

An art outing.  (The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.)
An art outing. (The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.)

How was your weekend?  Did you do anything fun and exciting?  Or restful and relaxing?

In the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden.
In the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden.

I took a short trip to the Washington, D.C. area to visit with friends.  They live outside of D.C., just a hop, skip, and a Metro ride into the city.  We went to The National Theater on Thursday night to see Green Day’s American Idiot.  The musical was fast-paced, and entertaining, although everyone in our group had some trouble with the sound.  It was so loud that it was difficult to hear the lyrics which would have helped us follow the story line.  The softer, quieter, ballads were easy to understand.  Nonetheless, a good time was had by all, and we did manage to get the gist of the story.

Hirshhorn Museum
Hirshhorn Museum

On Friday we went back into the city to visit some of the museums, including the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the American Art Museum.  I am now like a good yogurt.  Well cultured.  😉

The Hirshhorn
The Hirshhorn.  (Gravity exhibit)

I made my way home on Saturday, feeling somewhat refreshed, especially creatively.  The weather here on the Eastern Shore was lovely over the weekend.  Warm, mostly sunny, and perfect for working outdoors.

The Hirshhorn
The Hirshhorn

It’s sunny and clear here today, but chilly with a gusty wind a’blowing.  It looks as though it will stay chilly for a while.  Winter is obviously not ready to leave yet.

Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden on a rainy day.
Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden on a rainy day.

I started work in the garden yesterday.  Oh my.  What a mess.  Pieces of plastic everywhere.  It appears that Mrs. B, one of the former owners, was fond of packaged dirt, peat, and manure.  Instead of just emptying the packages and disposing of the plastic bags, it looks like she slit open the bags, planted right in them, and left the plastic to work its way into the ground.  Perhaps it was her way of keeping the weeds out.

Friday was a stormy day.
Friday was a stormy day.

Unfortunately, the plastic doesn’t biodegrade.  It does, however, shred.  That is especially true if you take a tiller to the ground while the plastic is living there.  It is my guess, based on the evidence, that Mr. and Mrs. B did just that, shredding and turning the plastic into the dirt.  Oh my.  What a mess.

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I also found bricks, broken tools, a broken thermometer, plastic birds and flowers, and household trash (bottle caps, lids to froze juice containers, etc.).  I dunno.  Do you think they thought this was a good way to fertilize a garden?

Still in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden
Still in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden

I’ll have more on my gardening adventures soon.  This is going to be a year of learning for me since I’m not all that familiar with the growing season on the Eastern Shore.  Wish me luck.

Reading about the artwork.
Reading about the artwork.

That’s about it for today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I think we’re going to have a lovely sunset this evening.  Let’s meet on the dock.  The snake who guards the path to the boardwalk will probably be huddled in his box trying to stay warm, leaving the path to us.  He’s usually out sunning himself, but I don’t think he’ll care much for this colder weather.  Once it warms up for good, we probably won’t see him at all.  Snakes are fast when they’re warmed up, and don’t seem to care  for interacting with people.  It’s only the cold and the sluggish who hang out on the sunny spots in the middle of the pathways.

A funny bunny.
A funny bunny.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

The National Gallery of Art.
The National Gallery of Art.

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26 thoughts on “A trip to the well

    1. I think you would really like D.C., CM. There is such a great variety of things to do, and the Metro makes it easy to get around. I’m hoping to get there again at the end of the month to see the cherry blossoms. 🙂

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      1. David says the same thing. And I’m sure I would love it. I usually find something to really appreciate in any new place I see. And I’ve heard wonderful things from everyone who goes to WDC.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. 🙂 I’m sorry winter has been so rough for ya’all. It’s been cold here, but not nearly as cold as what you’ve been experiencing (and certainly not nearly as much snow).

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  1. Looks like you had a great time out Robin, if these photo’s are anything to go by,…. just looking at them makes me want to visit and absorb. So much to experience, …which brings me to your garden, wow!!! makes you wonder at some people, plant it in the ground and hopefully it’ll all go away? Out of sight out of mind type of thing? (When we first moved here we found amongst other stange things a white ceramic toilet buried, most probably Roman Period doyathink? cough ) You’ll look back and laugh when all is done and dusted… I’m waiting on the dock, but there’s a snake says I’ve missed out, tsk, and I thought I wuz being fashionably late. Happy New Trails xPenx

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    1. Thank you, Pen. 🙂 I suspect that’s what they were thinking (out of sight, out of mind). Or maybe they thought it would all biodegrade. A white ceramic toilet?? lol! Yes, most likely Roman Period. lol!! We haven’t found anything quite so interesting. Yet. I would think something of that nature would make a good pot (for flowers, of course).

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  2. Wonderful photos, Robin. Thank you for the quick trip to DC. I love the city in the spring when all of the secret gardens around the Mall are just springing to life. Brave of you to be out and about last Friday as the storm barreled through. I don’t envy you the mess you’re left to clean up in your garden. Other than sifting with a wire mesh sifter in beds before you plant, I don’t know how you’ll get it all. Our previous owners left us a gift of coat hangers twisted into trees and shrubs- at eye level- points exposed. I think it was their security system. Took us two years to find and remove them all. Hang in there- one day it will be fully yours and M’s. Hugs, WG

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    1. Thank you, WG. 🙂 A wire mesh sifter is a great idea. It might be faster than picking the plastic up piece by small piece. Coat hangers?! I am constantly amazed by what people do.

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  3. Hi. What seems OK to one person certainly doesn’t fit with everyone. You made me think about what they’ll find here when we are gone … we are fairly neat and judicious about not leaving ‘garbage’ around. The next owners will find bricks (in groups) in odd places, where I have had past flower gardens, stones where our pets are buried, and a midden (garbage heap) with ceramic, china and glass items that have been broken over the years. It is small (about 2 feet diameter), and is labelled ‘midden’ (I started it during my early days in archaeology). Otherwise, I hope the next proprietors will find that we were neat and tidy. Jane

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    1. Your “garbage” sounds much more interesting, Jane. I like the idea of a midden for ceramic, china, and glass items. Certainly a better find than plastic. 🙂

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  4. The Sculpture Garden photographs really interested me. The empty coat one is fantastic against the concrete wall with the vine. And the child reading the plaque looks for all the world like part of the exhibit. Her clothing is dark and she’s standing perfectly still and straight. I had to look twice. Really nice photographs.
    I cannot imagine leaving plastic bags in the ground! Strange folks abound, apparently. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, George. 🙂 The photo with the child was one of my favorites, for the reasons you mentioned. When I saw her there, I thought she was part of the sculpture until I got a better look.

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  5. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! I can’t even remember what we did…and today is only Thursday. Must not have been anything too interesting 😉
    Good luck with your garden! What are you planning to plant?

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    1. In the veggie garden, tomatoes and peppers for sure, Michaela. Last summer I was surprised that we were unable to find good tomatoes here, and the peppers are always so expensive. The Eastern Shore is well known for its produce and they ship a lot of it out. I think that’s why all the tomatoes are more like what you’d find in the grocery store. I also want some greens and lettuces. That might be enough for the first year. We’ll see. As for the flower garden, I’m still pondering it, but will have at least one or two butterfly bushes (because a friend in Annapolis has promised me a few from her garden). I’d also like some zinnias.

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  6. interesting sculptures (love the child reading), and an enticing glimpse of the museums and galleries you visited, it is so stimulating and tiring to take a big dose of ‘culture’ … sorry you are still finding so much plastic, but what a super job you have there, painstakingly removing the mess of years … our weekend was peaceful and fun with a dear friend staying 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Christine. 🙂 You always manage to put things in a good light for me. I just have to keep reminding myself it is a labor of love. 😀

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  7. Sounds like a good adventure. D.C. is a spot on my bucket list. It is the weekend once again as I am reading this post – I have a good one planned, and at least one event this weekend should end up in a blog post. Although it is still very cold and wintery here, March is greeting me this morning with lots of bird song. That’s got to be a good sign that spring has to come, right?

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    1. D.C. is a lot of fun, Karma, and there is so much to see. We’ve been there several times over the years, and still haven’t seen it all. As for spring, I’m sure it will come eventually. 🙂

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