Beautiful canopy archway on the road to the Wacissa.
Well, today was pretty much a rinse, repeat version of yesterday although I did actually leave Lloyd as you can see from the picture above.
Got up, lazed about, chopped grapes for chicks and made a breakfast although I didn't like what I made very much and gave most of it to the hens. Then I pulled on my filthy overalls and gloves and got back to work outside. I trimmed the sagos back a bit more and pulled the rest of the wretched crocosmia in the area I was working in yesterday by the front porch. I moved on from there to an area in the backyard and cleaned it up.
And that's about one one-hundredth of what I've done. Let's put it this way- there is now a huge mound of the damn things on the burn pile. I have no idea what has motivated me to start this task now. I think it was even hotter today than it was yesterday. While I was out at the burn pile I noticed a bunch of leggy, raggedy volunteer tomato plants growing up through some bamboo that Mr. Moon cut and which is also going on the burn pile eventually.
And these plants may be scraggly and they may be raggedy but look here-
They're growing some nice tomatoes!
I texted Mr. Moon and asked him if he knew how they got started out there and he had no idea. I also don't know how I haven't noticed them before today. God knows what else I'm missing around here.
I'm not missing the maturing figs though.
SO many figs on my tree right now. I am still grieving the loss of the giant oak which came down in Hurricane Michael but without it blocking the light, that tree has just exploded.
I know I say this every year but I would really, really love it if the squirrels and birds left me enough fruit to make preserves with. I want to send some to Ms. Radish King! Nothing would make me happier.
And while we're discussing figs- sometimes I can barely look at that particular fruit without blushing. They are just so very...male.
Are they not?
After I'd finished all of the crocosmia pulling I was willing to do, I decided that yes, I would do what I had been thinking about doing all day long which was to drive to the Wacissa and jump in. I realized that this was probably ridiculous and that there would be so many people there but it was almost like a personal challenge to myself. To put on a bathing suit and to drive down there and to get out of my car and jump in that river and feel cool and clean and then to come home.
Good plan, right?
And so I took off my filthy clothes and put on my bathing suit and drove to the river where I discovered that cars were parked all the way up the road to the You-Pick blueberry place although I did find a FOR (front of river) space to pull into. There were so many people
that I almost just drove on through the parking lot and headed home but GODDAMMIT! no. I was there. I was going to do this thing. And honestly, no matter how many people are at the Wacissa it's just not a place that instills anxiety in me. Not only is it a holy place and thus, all are protected, including me, I have my old-lady super power of being invisible. So I got out of the car and piled my towel and shoes and glasses on the ground and pulled my dress over my head and in full invisible view of everyone, strode down to the steps to jump in where I realized that my beautiful clear river had been so churned and agitated by the huge number of Jefferson County's Memorial Day weekend celebrating citizens that the water was, quite shockingly, brown.
Oh well. It was still cold and I knew that the brown was just the result of the kicked-up silt from the bottom and I dove in and it felt wonderful and then I got out and came home.
And I'm glad I went. It's always interesting down at the Wacissa. So many different sorts of people. Lots of inked people today. One guy who was pale as milk who had white-blond hair that he'd gelled straight up with tattoos covering at least 70% of his body, a black guy who was also inked, carrying a jon boat with a friend. Tattooed mothers, tattooed fathers, tattooed teens. Hell, I wouldn't have been surprised to see a tattooed toddler or two. There were also folks who were there to kayak or boat wearing appropriate kayaking and boating attire. Grandmothers and babies with sun hats. Kids lining up to swing out over the water and do fancy tricks before plummeting into the river. People with picnics, people with beers. One little boy, probably about Owen's age, stared at me as I went down the steps to get into the water. I stared back. He was crouched down so that only his head was showing above the silty water.
"What?" I asked him as he watched me so closely. (I guess I wasn't entirely invisible.)
"I'm so small," he said.
I had no reply to that so I just said, "Huh," and dove in.
So now I'm home it's still hot as hell. I went out and picked my salad for tonight.
Baby arugula leaves and two small leeks. I'm in a minimalist mood, at least as applies to salad.
Not sure what tomorrow will hold for me. I'm not worried about it. Still plenty of crocosmia to pull.
And that's just one more spot that it's taken over. Are you paying attention, Steve Reed?
Or, who knows? I might spend some time with grandchildren or I might clean out some closets or I might deep clean the kitchen or I might begin the process of making my very own sourdough starter
with some of the funky wild yeast floating around right here in Lloyd (although that does look like a lot of work and as much nurturing dedication as taking care of a newborn) or I might just channel my inner cat and lay about and hiss and spit at anything that threatens to disrupt my cat-Zen.
Okay. I probably won't do that.
And I probably won't go back to the river, either.
Not until Tuesday, at least. Or Wednesday. Give the river a chance to settle down.
I have no ending to this mess at all. I think the sun may have baked my brains.
Stay cool, y'all.
A friend called me tonight, so tired even her voice was tired. She spent the day digging out an old day lily bed. They must be the Yankee equivalent of crocosmia. She has fourteen buckets to give away. I explained how, at the old house, I turned them into second cousins of ditch lilies, namely ravine lilies, as we turned them out over the edge of the ravine out back. "But these aren't orange ditch lilies," she moaned. "Some are all those lovely colors!" I told her they make even better ravine lilies.ReplyDelete
Exactly! We have day lilies here too but it sounds as if they do not do as well as yours do. I have heard that phrase- ditch lilies- before and I love it. The sublime and the mundane, met and mated.Delete
Mary, my love, the pioneer woman has nothing on you. You are the real thing! I loved hearing about your day, the adventures in your nature garden, your labors followed by the cool river, and all those tattooed people, and that little boy, what a curious thing to say, I think he looked into your soul and saw you would see him. And you did. Your garden is a world unto itself. Love.ReplyDelete
I am not sure what the little boy was thinking. Did I look that crazy? I may have, after those hours of heat and dirt. He was a funny little guy. Not really that little, just crouched down in the water.Delete
That Pioneer Women is a force of nature, isn't she? She's like those folks in Waco. Chip and Joanna Gaines. Where do these people get the energy? I certainly don't have it.
I've been thinking about you all day, Mary!ReplyDelete
Good thoughts? I hope so.Delete
I was thinking how I'd love to grab my son and Elizabeth and come eat and chat in your kitchen and meet all your family. And then I saw how long it would take to get from an airport to you and I quailed a little, even in my daydreaming.Delete
Thought you might enjoy a view on chicken keeping from down under.ReplyDelete
Sounds almost exactly like chicken keeping in Florida! Some of our predators are different but besides that- same-same.Delete
Ahem! If you think that those figs look "so male" then I suggest it's time for Mr Moon to get an appointment with a specialist. He may be suffering from a rare condition - testis verdis - known colloquially as "green balls".ReplyDelete
Mr. P.! You shock me!Delete
And soon those figs will not be in the least verdis.
(You didn't really shock me. I was wondering what you'd say and you did not disappoint.)
Mary those figs are male until you open them then they are as pink and lush and all female. Sourdough starter is easypeasy I keep mine on the counter and ignore it until it gets a kind of brownish raft on top then I toss most of it and feed it again. Hello you river dwelling angel.ReplyDelete
Oh, darling- you are right! About the figs. I had a friend who made his own fig newtons once. After forty years I am still thinking about those cookies. I should try to make some if this tree produces enough for preserves and something else.Delete
I think that if I kept my starter on the counter it would go insane due to heat. I need to pick your brain about this. I've done it before but I finally let it go. I felt as if I had murdered something. Which I suppose I did.
Love from the River Land.
Nothing better than a nice river on a really hot day, even if it is muddy. It sounds as if it is beyond busy and has become a really interesting place to sit and people watch.ReplyDelete
It was so busy because it was a holiday weekend and everyone wanted to be out on or in or beside the river. I am lucky that I can go there when there are very few people there. Sometimes we are the only ones. Those are the best times, really.Delete
I borrowed a starter from a baking goddess aquaintance and I found it pretty easy to keep going. You can make teeny pancakes with the starter you throw away each day so as not to waste it, if you feel so inclined. I think the whole newborn/extra child thing is not true - you can leave it in the fridge, forget it, and just pour off the extra water and start feeding it up again, or you can put it in the freezer, even. It's worth doing.ReplyDelete
Oh, I've done it before. Bought starter and kept it going for probably a year and baked with it but I've never made my own. I mean- check THIS out: https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/sourdough-starter-recipeDelete
Yeah I let someone else do that bit :)Delete
Ha! I AM paying attention! But I swear our crocosmia doesn't do that. I think it's another case of a plant or animal that behaves normally elsewhere in the world running amok in Florida. (Water hyacinths, pythons, etc.)ReplyDelete