I woke up feeling amazingly centered and calm. Somehow knowing that many options are off the table for summer has lead to a peaceful feeling. I am looking forward to a simple summer of teaching my online classes, tending my plants, improving my fitness, and living a quiet life.
This morning was sunny if breezy and a bit cool. I headed off to the Valpo farmers market which didn't amount to much today,.There were only four vendors in Valpo. Three of the four had only a few plants each and the fourth was selling pirogies. I did bought lettuce plants ($1 for a four pack) that I can start harvesting this week and 3 kinds of heirloom tomato plants at $1 each (black pineapple, Mr. Stripey, and striped stuffer. I also left my name with the acting Market Master in case they can use some volunteers. Helping out at the market seems a good way to meet people and possibly get some good deals on produce for storage.
While the market was disappointing the rest of the trip was delightful. I took the back roads there and realized that in doing so I pass three places to wander. On the way back I stopped at the most colorful of the three, Ogden Gardens. It had been far too long since I wander with camera. I spent an hour or so soaking up spring. It was too windy to get crisp photos but I ended up with a few that are still worth putting on flickr. Blissful and joyful are the only ways to describe the feeling of sunshine, flowers, birds, and a camera in my hands.
I spent a little bit gardening before the temperature dropped and the drizzle started. Tomorrow is forecast to be sunny and I hope to do more planting and some cleaning of the in ground beds.
A few photos from the day behind the cut. I really wish the second one was sharper; the leaves in it are less than an inch long today. If the weather is nice on Tuesday, I plan to spend some more time exploring the gardens when go to Valpo to give an exam. ( Read more... )