First, the flowers
This is an incredible year for flowers. We had a riot of dafodills, now the tulips are coming on. I saw ladyslipper plants today. They shouls be in bloom in a couple of weeks. Last year we only had a couple of dozen blooming around the yard - the year before there were almost fifty!
The violets are everywhere. Our lawn has quite a few but there are some other places nearby where there are just carpets of flowers.
The ferns are jumping up, or maybe they're dancing. My sister tells me that the fiddleheads are ready.
are the spring shoots of the ostrich fern, which are considered a delicacy here in Maine. They are generally harvested when the blackflies
are at their worst, thereby maintaining balance in nature.)Construction Report
The front of the new addition is done, at least on the outside. Here is Julia finishing up under the windows.
Hand-crafted, that's what we like.
It was rainy for a few days, which slowed things down a bit. On the other hand we had a nice rainbow.
Yesterday the scaffolding moved around to the other side and today the soffits are done. I'll post some pictures of the other side next time.Music Report
Julia has been working up some unusual arrangements of music for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our compilation Harvest Home
was so well received we're doing a second recording. This one is new material.
Tentatively named Going Home
, will feature Julia on the harp, front and center. Some of the pieces she's been working on include the theme from Dvorak's symphony number 9, Over the River, and Turkey in the Straw. We're nothing if not ecclectic.
I'll post some downloads on the Castlebay Newsletter
when they are available.