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Thursday, May 09, 2013

After the lovely white star May flowers drop their petals, we have about three days to haul the leaf bags! What, you say, "leaf bags" in the spring? Yes, you see we fill them in the Autumn, carefully tie a bow and lay them end to end around our Wee Hobbit House to help insulate against the below zero temperatures that come along in winter.

In the spring, the process must be reversed. It's a bit more work as the bags are often very heavy with water or wet leaves (because mice have chewed through to make homes and then "the floods" of melting snow come, seeping in.). About three bags fit in the wheelbarrow to be carted around the house, down the driveway, through the gate to the back yard, passed the gardens, across the lawn to the break in the stone wall and the entrance to the woods where we empty the bags and try to save them for next Fall. Actually since last year's leveling of our drive area, it is much easier to do this, because we used to have to climb front steps!

Anyway, got all 25 bags done before the rains came. Oh and that meant I didn't have to cart water up to the Community Garden for the peas...YAY!!

Why only three days or so from end of May flowers to what? The biting of the black flies begins!!! They arrive around May 3rd, but don't start the munching on us and drawing blood until about the! May flowers bloom a few at a time from May 1 to around the 6th.

I'm glad DH made a huge omelet with multigrain toast, almond butter, jam, tangelos and green tea for "brunch". I was really hungry! In fact I just made another big meal(2:30 PM) for us: "wild" rice, grilled chicken (from the freezer), and baked beets. We'll have our salad for supper, but I'm goig to grab an apple now. Am guzzling the water, but remain ready to eat something, too.

Normally I do my tap practice in the morning. Leaf bags took priority because of the rain (which arrived at noon) So, no more procrastinating..time to dance!! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LOOKINGUP2012 5/10/2013 9:50AM

    What a wonderful idea to save on heat!

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NIXIEWILLOW 5/10/2013 4:03AM

    Great timing getting the bags done before the rain and the biting of the flies! emoticon It sounds like you have plenty of hard work to keep you active and like you live in a really beautiful place. emoticon

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