Monday, May 18, 2009

A Gentleman Farmer

There are lots of things to admire about Thomas Jefferson.

One of the things I am fascinated by is Jefferson's home, Monticello. I have been three times through the years and hope to return again some day.

Monticello has the most amazing restored gardens. Late spring/early summer is the best time to visit - flowers are in bloom and the vegetable gardens are started. Jefferson grew everything.

I spent Saturday morning planting blueberries (4), raspberries (10), elderberries (2), and lilacs. I felt a lttle of what Jefferson must have felt turning the wilderness of Virginia into a gentleman's farm.

It was a really glorious morning and I felt very fortunate to have been enjoying myself so much.

Monday, May 11, 2009

5:15 AM...Looking out the window...Where's my glasses?....What's that?

So I am looking out the window and I see the beaver cruising along and then he stops. Something has his attention... what is that out ahead of him? Hmmm.

It's an otter. An adorable, playful otter.

It was fishing, playing and having a ball.

Over the weekend I saw three white tail deer near the pond. On my way back from Burlington on Sunday I spotted a cow moose in front of the Ben and Jerry's plant in Waterbury.


Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cinco de Mayo

According to a paper published by the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture about the origin of the observance of Cinco de Mayo in the United States, the modern American focus on the people of the world that day first started in California in the 1860s in response to the resistance to French rule in Mexico.

The 2007 paper notes that "The holiday, which has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico."

I am not ignoring it...