Sandy has left us still, on Wednesday morning, with no power and very little damage. But, it is Halloween and the above picture is pretty spooky showing just what they do to trees in London. It does keep the stray branches from falling in the wind. Happy Halloween.
The 4th of July is about many things. Summertime, picnics, celebrations, baseball, fireworks, corn and the red, white and blue to name a few. In Bristol, Rhode Island in 1777 it has been noted that 13 gunshots were fired in the morning and again in the evening to celebrate the colonies independence from Great Britain. Bristol is home to one of the most historied Independence Day parades in the country. I have never been to that parade even though this is a small state. I may have to put it on my bucket list. I will celebrate with family around the barbie. The corn from my garden is not yet ready for the plate but by any standard of measurement, 3' Hailey, 4'11'' Jessica, 6'3" Ben or The EM at 6'2" , it is knee high. How are you celebrating the 4th of July? I hope you have a memorable one.
Five years ago today, it was Easter Sunday and the date of the first blog post of Ledge and Gardens. Any new venture opens many doors and many of those doors have unexpected treasures behind them. I started blogging in order to share my garden and garden experiences with others. What I have gained is so much more than what I have given. I have made so many wonderful friends through garden writing and blogging. It is quite interesting to follow the seasons up the east coast, enjoy the late winter and spring gardens of Austin, TX, learn whole new plant palettes from the west coast and jump the pond to find that there are different tools and different terms for familiar garden tasks. The middle of the country sends its weather east and I can often preview the week's temperatures by looking a bit west. The garden has changed in five years. I only have to look back at posts to see that the plants in the pond garden's south border have doubled in size. The vegetable gardens changes a bit year to year and blog posts do provide a written and pictoral guide on which to reflect. By far, the biggest benefit has been finding other plant lovers. People who love dirt under their nails, the smell of fresh compost and the gratification of a newly edged bed. My thanks to all of you who read this blog. Please leave me a comment today so I can personally thank you. Comments are very much appreciated. Enjoy this day.
The stockings are hung although not by the chimney but with care. The lights on the outside tree mirror those inside. The stillness of December is a choice time to celebrate love, light, laughter and the spirit of giving. Have a beautiful and peaceful Christmas.