I'm Back. Spring Semester 2011 is officially over. The students have packed their cars and headed home. The residence halls are empty, the classrooms quiet, and my office is cleaned, the light is out, and the door is closed. I read 75 research papers on everything from banning steroids in horse racing to human trafficking, to vaccinations for children. I learn so much from these college freshmen. They are an amazing group of young people. Now I have the entire summer to recharge my batteries, languish in the garden, watch the birds, and play in the dirt. Here are a few of my favorite things that helped me get through the last weeks of school.
One of the first travelers to stop by for a few grubs, bugs, and worms: the green tailed towhee. A handsome fellow he is.
Favorite new daffodil
Favorite bush: Pink Flowering Almond
Favorite mini daffodil: Minnows
Granddaughter's Favorite Fairy Friend.
She's reading her favorite fairy tale
Favorite mini iris. I dug a small clump from the old house before we moved. Third time I have transplanted the little iris that originally came my husband's grandmother's garden.
Look at the little women now!
Finishing touches on the chicken coop: wire around the bottom to keep Mr. Fox from digging in.
The girls like being outside. It took them a while before they really decided they could go outside. We bribed them with cantaloupe rinds.
And now it is time to get some serious gardening done.