Garden journal entry
October 20, 2011. Nearly two months after Irene toppled Bradford (see a few posts ago), Brad's remainder has sprouted quite a few new leaves along its stumpy limbs. I guess the tree is optimistic about its survival. For now, I've braced it to hold it at least somewhat upright using a two-by-four and our shed. Hopefully, by next spring the tree will find a new balance and grow new roots to support its leaning mass.
In other news, our garden has a new resident! Some time ago, I lamented to a friend at work how our suburban plots are devoid of snakes. Last weekend, he called to announce he had caught a garter snake at his woodpile, and would I like it? Of course I said yes, and by Monday I had a snake (dubbed "Skippy" by my friend's son, who had taken a liking to him), temporarily housed in an aquarium. My kids and I captured a nice big cricket for him, which also went to live in the aquarium – but Skippy gave up on catching it after a few half-hearted attempts, and even after he ate half an earthworm, we were growing concerned about his state of nutrition. So this evening it was time for Skippy to go out into the wilds of our back yard island (a little off to the right of the photo here). He seemed quite happy to do so; I hope the garden will prove to be a good home, even if it doesn't supply other-gender serpentine companionship (I write about Skippy as a "he" above, but really I have no clue). Somehow, in all of this I flat forgot to snap a picture of Skippy. I wonder if I'll ever run into our little snake again...
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|Melody||Oct 29, 2011||First of all, I LOVE your web site! I'm wondering if you are native to PA or are you actually from the south? I noticed you have a cat named Bear and you "flat forgot" to take a picture. I am from GA, so the phrase caught my eye.|
I'm actually from the north - of Europe, that is. So my use of the phrase probably stems mostly from ignorance of local idioms and their heritage :-)
|Melody||Nov 19, 2011||I saw elsewhere in your web site that your wife is from Virginia. Perhaps you picked up the phrase from her. : )
I am hoping to go to graduate school in the year 2013 in Bethlehem, PA. How close are you to Bethlehem? I do a great deal of cottage garending at our home here in GA and probably won't be able to do do much gardening when I start school so far away from home, so it would give me something to look forward to if I could visit your garden and perhaps others in the area that you recommend when the time comes.
We're in the western suburbs of Allentown - about a half hour drive from Bethlehem. Drop us a line when you're in the area.
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