â–¶ The flower you may recognize asÂ Trout Lily. I have rarely seenÂ flowers this large, soÂ had no choice but to get down at bugs eyeÂ level to grab a shot, even though I got dirt down inside my cast.Â This reminds me to tell you about the Mount Rogers naturalist rally.Â I will do that tomorrow.
â–¶ I’m hearing some heavy machinery approach,Â and I can only hope thatÂ it’s VDOT, come to turn Saturday’s stream bed back into our road. OneÂ of the concrete bridges near the house pretty much fell apart, butÂ then, this was more rain than we have seen in the 11 years we haveÂ lived here——including some amazing hurricane seasons. We had to parkÂ the cars Saturday afternoon and walk the ridge to get home. By laterÂ that day the state road crews had filled in the 4 foot deep washoutÂ where Griffith Creek meets Goose Creek.
â–¶ The lands sake event at the high school on Saturday, in spite of theÂ hardest rain I’ve ever seen outside of tropical storm or hurricane,Â was well attended and high energy. It felt good; I was glad to beÂ part of it, but now we have set expectations high for the future. IÂ only hope we won’t wait until January to start planning. A number ofÂ sign-up sheets were available for start of groups like an edibleÂ plants hiking group. I may see if I can put those online for those ofÂ you who were not able to attend.
â–¶ We are still needing small wood for fire first thing in the morning.Â I tried to get enough would splitÂ and up to the house to see usÂ through, but we’re running out of the small stuff. But the good newsÂ is that I’m able to hold a chainsaw with my left handÂ (don’t tell my doctor) and cut up wood that is small enough it doesn’t need splitting. The bad news is that I’m also able to push lawnmower, and I thought I wouldÂ have aÂ legitimate excuseÂ to avoid that warm season, onerous chore.