Forward - From the Heartland of Carolina

This is a continuing story of the journey Forward shared by 2 people, Lynne and Tom. Both love to LIVE life to it's fullest, which currently means spending lots of time outdoors, working on various projects from gardens to patios, flowers to vegetables, sunrises and sunsets, birds and woodland critters, and spending time with family. Don't forget to check the monthly archives, and please feel free to leave us a comment so we know you stopped by.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Well as you can see, Tom has been very busy with the camera. He has been bugging me for about 2 months now to find the instruction book but alas it is lost somewhere in my massive filing system so he has taken it upon himself to experiment and learn the hard way - trial and error. I think you will agree he is doing a pretty good job of learning the tricks of the camera. I am quite proud of his work.

This week was pretty quiet except for the critter department. We have been fascinated watching the larva of the giant black Swallowtail butterfly munch away on the fennel and carrot tops and grow from little specks to about 2" caterpillars and then spin coccoons. We have about 6 coccoons right now and at least 2 split ones. Our present goal is to actually see a butterfly emerge. We have two that we are intently watching. We were also pleasantly surprised to see our first Monarch butterfly of the season. I FINALLY have butterfly weed growing and hope this will lead to more Monarchs and the laying of eggs on the butterfly weed - the host food for the Monarch caterpillar. It is just amazing to watch nature at work and we are working everyday to continue to make our little corner of the world critter friendly.

As for the gardens - I have been working on putting pavers in Glenn's memorial garden - up until now it has been dirt walkways around the garden beds but I want to pave them. This is my own persoal project and Tom works on other parts of the yard while I work there. He did get the tree that fell early in the week cut into fire wood size and it is stacked to cure for use later in our firepit. I also transplanted the daylillies that Glenn's sister had gotten me as a memorial to Glenn and split them into several plants each. They are going into a new garden bed that Tom has cleared out for me. My firethorn bushes also got planted so we have two new bushes that will be bird friendly in the winter months. Weather remains hot - heat indexes over 100 although we did have a couple of days in the 80's - no hurricanes on the horizon - yeah!!!!

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~~he who plants a seed - believes in tomorrow~~


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