In the Rhododendron GardenPosted: November 7, 2011
We’re having a gray day here in the Bogs so I decided to continue with last week’s walk at the Holden Arboretum. This series of photos are from the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden trail.
I had a nice weekend. M and I worked in the yard on Saturday. While our neighbors have been raking leaves, fertilizing their lawns, and doing their last few mowings of the season, we wait for all but the last few stragglers to fall from the trees out front. Once the ground is covered and the trees are almost bare, we mow (I mowed this year) with the push mower which has a mulching function. It’s great exercise.
The leaves are chopped up and thrown back onto the grass where they will nourish the lawn. No need to buy fertilizer at the store or use other purchased chemicals. Just the leaves, going back to earth.
I do sort of miss raking, though, as it’s something I always enjoyed doing. It’s work, but it’s the kind of work that has a meditative quality to it. Plus I get to enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine.
I mentioned to M that I prefer outdoor work to the indoor variety. It seems much more satisfying than household chores. It would be nice if I could make the household chores as much fun as raking leaves, mulching leaves, or even chipping and shredding.
It’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it?
Yesterday M the Younger and his lovely wife Merdi were here to help out with the chipping and shredding. Since it’s basically a two-person job, M and I left them to it. I did some cooking (okay, a lot of cooking!) while they were working. As much as I’m enjoying the delicious vegetarian meals we’ve been eating, I am also growing a little weary of all the prep work it involves. Lots of slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing go on in my kitchen these days. Yesterday’s meal was particularly labor intensive, even with two of us (M and I) doing the work. In the end we had a Kale and Sweet Potato Soup with Cumin and Lemon, a Layered Dip (made with all sorts of beans, hummus, tempeh, and loads of other stuff), and stuffed acorn squash. It sounds like an odd mixture, but it worked. For dessert we had an apple crisp that M made.
It wasn’t all work and no play yesterday. Merdi taught me and M the Younger some of the basics of knitting. Knitting has long been on my list of things I want to learn how to do before I kick the bucket. Although I’m finding it somewhat awkward, it’s fun and relaxing. I’m going to practice some more this evening. Merdi will be back tomorrow to show me what to do next. I took photos of my scarf-in-progress. I’ll bring those along next time.
That’s it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for joining me in the Rhododendron Garden. We should be finished with this hike soon. There are plenty of benches spaced throughout the trails at the arboretum if you’d like to sit and rest a while before we move on.