Here about the beach I wandered,
Nourishing a youth sublime,
With the fairy tales of science,
and the long result of Time.
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
Did you have a good weekend? Do anything exciting? Or not exciting, but worth mentioning?
M and I spent a good part of our weekend laboring outside. I’ve been mowing and planting, and shoveling mulch. M has been digging a trench and laying in pipe to help move water away from the house and into the rain garden. We also had one of those “it’s always something” events in the late afternoon on Saturday. M had to go into the crawl space under the house to put some pipe in, and he discovered that our hot water heater is leaking and causing flooding under the house. We knew we’d have to replace the hot water heater at some point. We hoped it would last another year or two, but no dice.
Naturally this was discovered on the weekend when it would cost a fortune to have a plumber come out so M macgyvered a temporary fix until we can get someone out here to just replace the whole darn thing.
The temperature was in the 80’s yesterday so after three or four hours of working outside and working up a good sweat, M and I called it quits and went to the beach to cool off. And boy, did we cool off. It was 83°F here at the ranch, and 61°F at Assateague Island. The water temperature, in case you want to know, is in the 40’s.
We took a nice, long walk, and when we were almost back where we started, we took off our boots and went for a wade in the sea. It was refreshing and invigorating.
No visit to Assateague is complete without spending some time with the wild horses.
I was hoping to see a foal or two. I know they’re out there, but we didn’t encounter them yesterday.
I have more to show you. It will have to wait until tomorrow. The weather folks are saying we will get rain tonight and tomorrow. I’d like to finish planting my herb garden before the rain arrives so everything will get a good soaking. Watering with the hose keeps plants alive, but they seem to thrive and grow when they are watered by the clouds and sky.
For those inquiring minds who would like to know, the herbs going into the herb garden are oregano, garlic chives, regular chives, and lemongrass (which I hope will do well at the back, near the fence, since it grows so tall). I potted some rosemary, and will be planting lavender out near the scrounger’s garden where it is sunny and dry.
Thank you for stopping by, and taking another short walk with me. I hope you had a great weekend, and that Monday has been treating you well. When the rains come I will have some time to visit you at your place, and hopefully get caught up a little.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Showering and getting clean after a full day of outdoor work; seeing the first Monarch butterfly of the season; ice cubes and cold water; the little pink flowers blooming outside the office window; my granddaughter’s 9th birthday. Happy Birthday, Emma!