Flowers, food, frogs, family, friends and fun – sounds like a fabulous month to us!
From peonies to chives, May is the best month for eye-candy. See more at: May Flowers
OUR LITTLE FROG
Hangs out by our water feature, eating mosquito larvae and making a splash when we walk by. Obviously we had to put quaaludes in the pond to get this shot. Just kidding…
Plenty to eat for man and beast – lettuce from our garden and sunflower seed from the feed store, purloined by acrobatic squirrels.
FEEDING THE GENE POOL
Not sure how it happened (do they perch and hover, spray the eggs, or what?) but frogs eggs appeared in the rain barrel off the back porch and soon hatched into tadpoles.
A PLACE OF BEAUTY
We love working at The Plant with all the pretty people and flowers.
Rich in community, conversation and local food.
The best time to go after the honeysuckle is early Spring, when its fragrance turns work into aroma-therapy. Camille noticed the honeysuckle was taking over our fence and Fred’s forsythia, so she went into action.
Bob keeps the yard looking nice. The secret to a easy lawn is to give it a quick mow once a week.
A FINE FIND
Bob discovered a new game, and Camille discovered the cache. Geocaching is an addictive, outdoorsy game where people hide containers. Bob pulls up the list of locations with specific GPS coordinates and clues on his phone we start walking. The phone makes a sound when we are close. Once we find the treasure, we open it and triumphantly write “troutsfarm.”
We noticed the more serious cachers use rubber stamps. In the larger caches (we found a two-cup container in a tree earlier this day) geocachers leave little toys and icons behind which you can exchange for something of your own. In addition to the note in the cache, you register your find online. Anyone can make a cache as long as they follow the rules at geocaching.com
ON THE ROAD
May is our “travel north” month, so we drove up through Virginia into Pennsylvania to visit family and friends in Amish country.
We wiled away a few fine hours with our friend Donna in her pretty yard, sharing stories, snacks and laughs.
A FAMILIAR BIRD
Every yard should have a flock of flamingos, but especially folks who have lived in Florida.
DINNER AND CHUCKLES
Three nights in PA yielded a little time with everyone. See all the photos on this page: Family Reunion
THIS MONTH’S QUOTES:
“I still blame myself – for what, I can’t exactly say. I might as well condemn myself for choosing the wrong parents, or the wrong planet.” – Sy Safransky
“Nature presides in all her dignity, permitting us the study and the use of such of her forces as we may understand. It is when we presume to intimacy, having been granted only tolerance, that the harsh stick falls across our impudent knuckles and we rub the pain, staring upward, startled by our ignorance.” – Beryl Markham from West with the Night 1942
“Wisdom is not a product of thought. The deep knowing that is wisdom arises through the simple act of giving someone or something your full attention.” – Eckhart Tolle
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