2019

Beltane/May Day 2019

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Blessed Beltane!

Beltane, also known as May Day, is the very beginning of May. And its purpose is to continue the celebration of Spring and the celebrate the Coming of Summer and fertility! Some people refer to Beltane as the “Fire Festival”, because Beltane roughly translates to “Bright Fire”. The bonfire symbolizes the return of light as the days lengthen and Summer begins its journey upon the Earth.

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2019, In The Garden

Mealy Cup Sage

Last year, I planted a few Mealy Cup Sage plants around the water fountain in the frontyard. We’ve got a few blooms, but not many of them. This Spring is the second year for these perennials. And they are thriving in this weather. Since the Mealy Cup Sage is facing the south side of the house, the plants get tons of sun and the warm radiation of the bricks in the evenings. Hopefully we’ll see some butterflies on the blossoms soon.

2019, In The Garden

Blooms In The Greenhouse

Kevin, Sara and I picked up some blooming perennials from the local nursery. We got more catnip for Joshua and Chewbacca. And for the future swallowtail butterflies, we’ve got fennel plants. In the afternoon Sara helped me get the plants in the greenhouse. Her and I also put some more flower seeds in the raised bed garden. In the evening, Sara and I cooked some hummingbird nectar. She can’t wait for her flower garden to grow and the hummingbirds to visit the backyard.

2019, In The Garden

Strawberries In The Greenhouse

Katelynn and Sara nibble on the herbs in the greenhouse for several days. And now, we can add strawberry to the mix. The strawberries are small, but they are so delicious. The girls loves the sweet taste of fresh strawberries.

2019, In The Garden

Our Garden In Late April 2019

The warm and the rainy days help the garden to progress very quickly. Flora and Fauna are flourishing. Our Meyer Lemon tree has a lot of flower buds; and we have a first blossom. The tomatoes are growing fast. Planting them on a good layer of compost did the trick. The peach tree is full with fruits. I can’t wait for July to come, so I can harvest them.

A little Bewick’s Wren made its home in the nestbox outside of Katelynn’s window. She loves it, when the wren wakes her up with a beautiful song every morning. The Blue Jays are very pleased, how the raised beds come along. The birds did their part of growing the beds as well. Lots of seeds turned into seedlings. In Summer, they will enjoy a Sunflower “jungle”.

Happy Gardening!

2019, Travel/Vacation

The Wichita Mountains In April 2019 (Part II)

Coming from Rush Lake, we took a short break at the Visitor Center. And then we moved on to Quanah Parker Lake. Driving to the lake, there were lots of longhorn and bison grassing in the meadow. Some longhorn cows crossed the road. The grass must have been greener on the other side. πŸ˜‰ Some longhorn were scratching their necks against the nearby boulders. One of the animals was so close, I could almost touch it, if I was crazy enough to do so. But this Texas girl ain’t messing with a longhorn, nor a bison. That is a whole bunch of NOPE!

At the Quanah Parker Lake Dam, we saw the spillway gate was open. This was the first time, I had the chance to photograph the dam with the water flowing down into Quanah Creek. Usually when visit in September, the water levels are much lower due to the Summer’s drought. In Spring, there is plenty of rain. It will fill up the lakes. And the rest of the water goes over the spillways. Kevin, the girls and I wanted to hike the Little Baldy Trail. But something terrified Luis at the stairs leading down to the dam. I mentioned, there is another small trail right by the pier on the north side of the lake.

Arriving at the Education Center of the park, we hiked the small trail by the pier, looked at some plants and read the educational signs about flora and fauna. Katelynn found a small school of fish swimming near the shore and watched them for a little bit. Luis got really tired, and we called it a day. He was so happy being back in the car and could take a nap on the way back home to Texas. He probably was dreaming about his fluffy couch.

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