Monday, April 14, 2008

da Vinci Weekend

“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Everyone needs a break because everyone has a to-do list a mile long and we are no different. Friday while I was taking one of those breaks outside the greenhouse; sitting and trying to decide how I wanted to plant the garden, I discovered this… Self-seeded Osaka Purple Mustard and Asparagus!!!! The rest of the family really didn’t care, they had bigger fish to fry (literally) which is why Friday night found the kids outside in the rain getting worms for Saturday…opening day of trout season. Not to be missed by the man ….who still hadn’t picked up his license even though it had been paid for.
Saturday morning we did a complete cleanup of the barn, went to the feed store, went and bought more hay, went to the grocery store and finally picked up his license. After packing a lunch we made our way to the river. It was an absolutely beautiful day. The sun was hot but a slight breeze made it comfortable.
Everyone else fished while I walked the shore and took pictures. The floods change the course of the river and usually this is our first look at what has changed. This my favorite part of the river, where it goes around a bend and you can't see what is there. To find out, you have to first walk across the field of ankling twisting rocks!Sometimes you can even find things there to take pictures of, little oddities that just don't seem to belong there...And when you get around the bend there is another bend which you can go explore or you can stop and smell a lone flower! After several hours we left with a stringer full of nothing! Supposedly they just missed a big one!!! We did the evening chores and took a washer out to #1 daughter, stopping at KFC on the way home.
Sunday dawned cooler and windier which actually worked in our favor as the day was spent doing more labor intensive work than casting a line. We replaced a 4 x 4 by the garden gate, replaced two broken fence posts and repaired the fence. We planted 6 Nanking Cherry’s, cleaned out the chicken coop, went and picked up a wider door/frame for the basement and the countertop and got the rototiller up and running.

It was a wonderfully exhausting weekend which didn't seem so exhausting while taking those little rests.

1 comment:

cyndy said...

Ah! The Whirlpools!

So glad you had some good time to relax and enjoy the river, it refreshes the soul, eh?

Love your pictures, beautiful!