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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Garden Notes

So there's a little room above because I had to give up on the larger pot of cauliflower.  I could never keep them moist, and they never grew past seedling stage.    The pot that did survive is below, and you can see that it's shaded a bit by the coreopsis.     That kept off the morning sun, and definitely helped.    I also don't think I added enough compost to the potting soil in the other pot.    So I'm either going to throw that out, or get a couple bags to add before using it again.    We'll see.  

I also rigged up the second tier of the tomato cages and put in the fence post supports today, so they'll be ready once growth takes off there.

I do find myself doing odd things for gardening.   The above are the plant trays for the indoor plants that are summering in the back yard.    They're doing well so far.

And below are the freshly washed and sterilized seed starting pots.    I actually have way more than that available in the box (I got a bulk deal), but I wouldn't have felt right getting rid of these.    So they're ready for next year.

Knitting Notes

With the addition of: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Coal, Bamboo Heather and Camel Heather, Studio Donegal Aran Tweed and Knit Picks Chroma Worsted in Weathervane, I have now added all of the scraps of worsted or aran weight yarn I have hanging around to this blanket.    It's pretty much crib size right now, but I'm sure I'll be able to add more quite easily (I have five skeins of unassigned worsted in my stash right now), so I'm going to keep this around and add to it for a while.    We'll see when I decide it's done.

I am so close to completing the first Traveling Stitch legwarmer - I've done with the calf shaping, it's pretty much just the upper cuff now.  

The Mistresses of Cliveden - Natalie Livingstone

LibraryThing Early Reviewers book.

I’ll admit, I was a little worried about this book based on the preview write up – they’re definitely trying to market this to the Downtown Abbey fan crowd, and have decided to market it accordingly.     I was a afraid it was going to go for a slightly sensationalist bent, but it’s actually a well researched book about this house – built in the 17th century, and five of the women that managed it (the first is a bit of a stretch – Anna Maria Talbot never lived there, but she was definitely an inspiration for the Duke of Buckingham to build it).     Still, these women all have interesting stories, and the history here is an interesting read.

I think my favorite was Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, who was a very good friend of Queen Victoria, and a political activist in her own right.     (She’s a granddaughter of Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire, and continued in that Whig tradition.)     She’s an interesting person to be so influential in Victoria’s life, and I found that section fascinating.

I do think this is a good book for Downtown Abbey fans, and fortunately, it’s well written and informative.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saco Heath Preserve, Saco, ME

Today's trip was brought to us by my FIL's Downeast Magazine collection, which I was paging through last weekend.   I had seen something about Saco Heath before (I am a Nature Conservancy member), but had forgotten.    Sadly, we missed what appears to be a rather spectacular Rhodura bloom, but there was plenty of sheep laurel and Labrador tea, and it was a lovely walk.     We will definitely be back.   The preserve's page on the Nature Conservancy's website links to a great PDF about the habitat and the plants found there.