Wednesday, March 18, 2009
It's easy to fall in love with the mountains when there's forsythia, apple and cherry blossoms, dogwood, and all kinds of beauty blooming. We finally finished the shower (the tub was fine, but I need a shower to really wake up) - Jackie's the queen of tiling - and now we are focusing on the outside work, like the siding (hemlock boards stacked in photo), and making our plant beds. We are excited about our neighbors getting ready for their goats, and we are going in together on a chicken coop. Lots of planning!
I had to take a day off when it was in the 70's to hike - the closest Blue Ridge Parkway area is Craggy Gardens. I thought I saw a shortcut on the map, but DeLorme lied. I just parked and walked from where the road was closed. It was a gorgeous trail, although I never made it all the way to the top. I had to include my hat in one of the photos to show I was really there. All these rhododendrons will be blossoming in the next couple of months.
We had a nice surprise when we saw crocuses (croci?) in front of the house, left from someone who lived in a trailer on this land years ago.
Jackie and I think we have crossed a line - we are thrilled to drive home with huge, stinky bags of compost (aka garbage) from the juice bar at our favorite local natural food store, and from a local vegetarian caterer. Already looking forward to next year's compost.