Posts Tagged ‘Dogs’

We have been on a plant­ing orgy around here. Not only is this the time of year when most of the veg­etable seeds and seedlings go into the potager, we have also embarked on a major cam­paign to add more shrubs—particularly flow­er­ing shrubs—to the property.

Sophie and Sarah inspect the veg­etable plant­i­ngs in the potager.

Thank good­ness Harry is a good sport and has a strong back and good endurance. The hard­pan clay soil we have here in South­ern Mary­land makes dig­ging new beds and plant­ing trees and shrubs a major week­end endeavor.

The wis­te­ria on the fence is get­ting there. The peonies won’t be far behind.

And I’m so tired, that’s it. The end.

(If you click on the pho­tos you can embiggen them and see more details.)

 

Robin

That’s right. Bring it on, baby.

snow in front

I have a month’s worth of gro­ceries, a snow shovel and plenty of work and projects to keep me busy.  It’s a good thing too because we’re not going any­where any­time soon.  Do you see our dri­ve­way? No, I don’t either.

What I thought was eight inches of snow is prob­a­bly more like 12 or 14. And it’s still com­ing down. I just returned from a lit­tle mercy mis­sion to clear the bird feed­ers and sprin­kle around some whole peanuts and black oil sun­flower seed. The birds prac­ti­cally landed on my shoul­ders they were so happy to see me.

snow in back 12.19

The chick­ens are just fine in their insu­lated and heated coop. But they were con­fused when I opened their win­dow to the world and there were no col­ors out there—just white. I fig­ure they’ll get tired of look­ing out in a while and I’ll go back and close the window.

For lit­tle dogs, Sarah and Sophie adore the snow. They hop around like bunnies—well, at least until they get bogged down.  So this morning’s exer­cise was some aer­o­bic snow shov­el­ing for a small potty path.

The East Coast is get­ting pounded. If you’re in our part of the world I hope you’re safe, warm and have plenty of inter­est­ing things to keep you busy today.

Robin

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, will be released later in 2014 from Taunton Press.

Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.

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