Gardening Gargoyles and Other Musings
Today we’ll can more beans, even though Ann discovered two dozen quarts hidden on shelves in upstairs storage dating back two years. We’ll be eating a LOT of green beans in the next 11 months to eat up what would otherwise go out of date.
And today we’ll pull up the Turkey Gizzard bean vines that quickly collapsed under their own weight; next year, I’ll have cattle panels for them to run on, four 16 foot sections are in the barn waiting.
Later today or tomorrow, the hen house comes from our neighbor who built it. I’m not bullish on the venture, but the local SWMBO insists, though it will end of being largely my responsibility since I’m on site far more than she is. Call me a skeptic, I can’t imagine bonding with chickens. And we really don’t eat as many eggs as we’ll be getting by the spring. The costs will take decades of “free” eggs to recover. I’m wasting my breath.
The Sierra Club event last night was a welcomed positive validation of the book, the writing and the photography. The crowd was very receptive to the multimedia images with essays package, and there will likely be other Roanoke opportunities to share in the future if I follow up on the offers from folks who spoke to me after the program was over.
Check out this critter discovered on said bean plants a few days ago. It is less than a quarter inch long so easily overlooked. I know I’d never seen this fellow before. But check out the proportions: fully 1/3 of it’s body length is EYES! If I was similarly proportioned, my eyeballs would extend from the top of my head to the bottom of my breastbone!Â It looks like a mix-up in the parts department–somebody plugged in the eyes from an insect parts draw of a species 6 times this size!