|freshly spaded and raked garden bed|
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
|rudbeckia and echinacea in front of the old concrete block retaining wall|
A friend took me to North Country Co-op, a radical worker-run food co-op (that unfortunately went under a few years ago) and I was both fascinated and horrified by that beautiful and weird place. Shopping at a place that didn't provide bags for your fruits in convenient little rolls, just above the refrigerator, a place that had big bins of grain, where you wrote down the price of your food on a little piece of reused paper, and were asked by the cashier if you were a member when you went to check out. (Why would I be a member of a grocery store?)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I took these photos after Friday/Saturday's snowstorm and thought that that would be the end of it. I hope that's the case.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
|no-mow fescue in my front yard, no irrigation|
There was a great article posted this week at Owen Dell's landscaping blog- great at least for spreading half-accurate information on irrigation and pissing a lot of rain barrel users off. This was also commented on at the Garden Professors' blog, and just as controversial there.
I have never met Owen Dell. Apparently he is a landscape architect too, but in Southern California. In his article he posits that the needs of the average LA lawn come to 140,000 gallons a year, and that it would require 2,333 rain barrels to provide that amount of water.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
As it was, we had planned to take our out-of-town, out-of-country guest to the big mall in Bloomington today, so we went there, indoors, even though it was the first day of the year where it was comfortable, even preferable to be outside without a jacket. .
But not before I spent a little time playing outside with the kids. I was able to get a few snapshots of what is coming up in the yard now as well.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Gita and I went for a drive today around town, taking her sister-in-law for the nickel tour of Minneapolis and St. Paul. We got out of the car near St. Anthony Falls to see the falls at their flood-swollen best.
There is a new walkway/mini-park which makes it possible to get closer to the falls now than was possible in the past (at least legally) it's accessibly from the St. Anthony Main area, and blends in with the old electrical generation infrastructure.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
|our first two quarts of maple syrup|
Not having a refrigerator for a week has made me appreciate how effortless and relatively inexpensive it is to store things so long as electricity is available.
We have plenty of electricity right now, but our new energy-efficient refrigerator that we purchased at the Warners Stellian warehouse sale isn't working, and they're dragging their feet replacing it, so we have been 8 days without a working refrigerator or freezer.