Sunday, March 22, 2009

day of sun

Things that were built today ~

the beginnings of our cold frame

laptop with swivel monitor and swivel qwerty keyboard, designed and built by Leah and Neal, using their screwdriver set, scrap wood, a block, and some yarn

Things that were discovered today ~


coyote track? (nothing for scale, but it's bigger than it seems -- definitely bigger than a Maya print)

Things I need help with ~

What is it? If the flowering quince identification is correct, then this is something else. The quince blossoms are orange-red, and they produce small, green, crabapple-like fruit. In fact, last year we thought they were crabapples. These blossoms are pink. I'm pretty sure this is the same tree that produced small, red, apple-like fruit last year.

These little white clusters are growing wild in the woods. What are they?

Blogs are so selective. If I choose not to disclose the fact that I'm running a fever and couging up something evil, you'll never know, will you? Back to bed....


mountainmelody said...

Looks like a fun day...but I hope you feel much better soon!

The Country Experience said...

The last picture is of a star magnolia. They flower before they've even leafed out. I love them!

Wow, the kids making their own computer. That is seriously enterprising. Not sitting around and waiting for something to amuse them, are they?

The cold frame is --haha, you knew it was coming, right? --cool. Very useful.

Coyote on the print. We have them too.

The Country Experience said...

P.S.--I hope you're feeling better soon!

Julia said...

I hope you feel better soon, and get to sleep!

C and I were thinking about a cold frame but I am not sure it is possible on our balcony. Maybe we can build one that we can lift above our heads?? What is or will be in yours?

countrypeapie said...

Thanks MM! I think I am finally on the mend.

Hi TCE ~ Thanks for the Star Magnolia ID! We have a crazy lot of coyotes around here. Sometimes the pups wake us up in the middle of the night with their yips and yeowls. That print was big even for a coyote, but I think it's because it was left in the mud. And yeah, I kind of like the way the kids built a low-tech version of a high-tech toy.

Hey Julia! From what I've read, a cold frame can definitely be portable. Usually horizontal portability is what's talked about, but I don't see why you couldn't try vertical portability -- everybody likes a good pulley system! I think the only thing you might have to worry about is the angle at which the sun hits it. But truthfully, we're not being as scientific about that as we could be. We'll be hardening off the tomatoes and eggplant in there (and hopefully some other things if we can ever find time to start them!), and we might try starting some seeds in there as well, now that it's warming up. We'll be moving the squash out there, too, since we started it so early. So much to do -- I'm glad I'm finally starting to feel a little better!

Tara said...

Loved it -- all I can say -- loved it!

countrypeapie said...

Thanks Tara! Your pictures of France are amazing. I feel transported!

Lythrum said...

A coldframe is something that I have always wanted to put together. Good job getting it done. :)

countrypeapie said...

Thanks Lythrum! It helped that we had a bunch of old windows lying around. This is all new to me, so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that at least some of our gardening plans succeed!