Go Outside!

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First harvest of my Paul Robeson tomatoes.  I love this variety. Paul Robeson was a hero of mine from the first time I heard of him when I was in high school.  He stood up for his beliefs and his career suffered for it. The tomatoes can take the heat just like he did.

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Juliet grape tomatoes.  Coy but delicious!

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The mint likes its home in the old whiskey barrel.

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Luckily, we were outside when the neighbor kid– he was twelve when they moved in next door, so he must be (gasp!) twenty-seven now!–found a snake in his back yard. He said they freak him out, but he doesn’t have the heart to kill anything, so Hydra went over and snagged this beauty with a rake and dropped her into our yard.  Here, she’s beating a hasty retreat into the rosemary.

Found out from Jonathan N. of the Devils Punchbowl that this is a gopher snake. They eat ground squirrels and other small rodents…always welcome in our yard.

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A butterfly popped out of the rosemary, startling the guys.  It must have just emerged from its crysalis as its wings were heavy and damp seeming.  I hope she found a good place to hang to dry. We didn’t want to mess with her. I read later online that it takes up to six hours for their wings to harden and dry.

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2 thoughts on “Go Outside!

  1. kitty says:

    Oh boy I love this blog. First of all…why am I (almost) remembering Paul Robeson?? Why, again, is he important to you? And the coy Juliet grape tomatoes…perfect word for and picture of the little darlings. Then a lovely little snake to share your garden … and the bonus of the emerging butterfly… Yes! Spend some time outdoors.

  2. Sundry says:

    Kitty, I went back in and added a link to a Paul Robeson biography. He’s a hero not only because he was an amazing singer/actor/athlete, but even more because he stood up for civil rights and trade unions in the 1930s…and was blacklisted for it.

    Also found out that the snake is a gopher snake. Pretty common. Helpful in dealing with the ground squirrel population boom!

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