I love Saturday.
Below is a picture at the start of a successful picnic. The principal got everyone fed, the kids ran around freely with little adult intervention. Seems like the increased boundaries decreased the conflicts. There was plenty of open space.
The kids are unloading in the distance and the woman on the left in this golf cart is the recipient of the malabrigo prairie shawl. She really worked hard to get everything together.
Our face-painting station was the most popular. Can someone please explain to me the attraction of face painting? Do kids assume a different identity via a simple flame mustache? At one point we had 40 kids waiting for face paint (this is when a schedule would have -and will next year- come in handy.)
The only "camp song" they knew and could sing together was "If you're happy and you know it." Clearly their music teacher is lacking in basic silly song skills- something that will be remedied in the coming year.
Today is another lovely day and much work has been done already outdoors. What previously was a washed out faded bench thingy is now a washed out faded bench thingy adorned by fuschia and geraniums. It's what greets me as I walk up the steps to the back of the house. GoodneighborEllen suggested a powerwash and a paint job. Why didn't I think of that?
Turning the corner to the back door I am greeted by another basket (peonies I think) and our rhododendron bush which will get a good trimming one day next week. I need to figure out what I can put along that shady wall that will be low maintenance and not so ugly as just mulch. That might wait another year- there's a big ole pile of black plastic underneath that mulch.
and walking across the back deck, looking to the right between two more rhododendrons are the many things I planted and mulched today.
Some were already there, I added some. I did a rough sketch just so I could keep track of what is there. The herb garden has expanded.
Planted and added today are dill, garlic chives, orange mint, sweet basil, lady lavender, fennel, rosemary, sweet lavender, parsley, and rosemary.
Later tonight when the cooler part of the day returns I will tend to digging dirt in the garden, picking those little suckers from tomato plants, building mounds around corn, cucumbers and potatoes, and removing the maple trees that are determined to grow there.
And.... drumroll please.... I am about 8 rows (giant rows) from finishing MMarios Queen Anne's Lace in a burgundyish lavold silky wool. I can't wait until blocking time to see how giant it gets.