I am starting with a disclaimer... my new beginnings are nothing as big as Norma's... just little stuff around here. We spent Monday finishing up the planting to feed the old Camp, particularly making sure all the raised beds had something in them. Having filled them all, I also threw a bunch of zinnias and pansies into this rusted-out wheelbarrow, now gracing a corner of the inner yard.
The beas, peas and tomatoes had already been planted, but got a good feeding and tomato cages in place. Their bed has nasturtiums that have come back from last year and alyssums, which I plant in hopes of deterring aphids; both add color and a feeling of fun.
I planted parsnip seeds, basil plants beside already-planted out cucumber and eggplant, and whispered words of encouragement to the bed containing winter squash and edamame (green soybeans, non-GMO, thank you!). Also thriving well are beet seedlings, rhubarb chard and sorrel. This year's novelty awards go to seedings of edible chrysanthemum and beetberry, both of which will keep the parsnips company while growing and add color and new tastes to our salads over the summer. I am also hoping they will fulfill the promise on their respective seed packets of reseeding themselves, saving us the work next season.
Then, we pulled out our lovely new rocking lawn chairs and admired the view as the sun went down...
The newest beginning on the knitting horizon arrived by mail on Wednesday... the latest kit in Anne's Wooly Wonka Lace Club. This offering is just over 600 yards of a hand-painted silk laceweight in the Supernova colorway (a bit more like fireworks just overhead on the 4th to my way of thinking), paired with a glorious Orenburg-style scarf pattern from Susan Lawrence, called "Heat Wave". Neither colorway or pattern is yet available, but soon I am sure.
As soon as the computer cuts me loose from its punishingly long uploads of photos for the blog post, I will begin winding this lovely silk so that I can start my next lace project.... couldn't be happier!
Have a wonderful early summer weekend, dear ones... next weekend I get to be in Estes Park, where I hope to renew the acquaintance of blogbuddies and meet some I haven't yet in person.