Saturday, May 14, 2011

okay you're back...NOW GET BACK TO WORK!!!

((the photo is of me looking over the grand canyon))

All the way back from vacation (idaho/utah/nevada/california/oregon/washington) in time to pack up the trailer and get ready to go to the Market. It was a very long drive and I find it VERY hard to sit still and not do anything, so in order to make up for it I went for a nice long run with the fuzzies after hauling my beastly load up Sherman Road so I was really sore the next day!

Sunday was one for the record books ***race dave and i rode our bikes together**** we figured out that the last time we went out on the road together was a year ago when I was taking pots to a student out in Glenora! So, we went to the bike shop (Cycle Therapy, the coolest bike shop anywhere!!) and then out to Black Coffee at whippletree and I really wanted to see how my very good friend, Sandy, who was at the Prawn Festival in Cowichan Bay.

It was POURING, not a nice island rain that is refreshing and brings out the mossy smells that we all moved here for, nope, the kind of rain that runs down the back of your neck off the rear tip of your helmet and causes and small pile of water if you hang up your bike gloves after you get home!!

If any of you know or love a serious cyclist with a very expeeensive bike or two, you will know how hesitant they are to get the silly/shiny thing(s) wet. It was a fun ride but my face and the jacket I stole from 'equipment dave' were plastered with a sooty road grit that was hard to remove.

The best part of the rainy sunday was going over to our new friend's, Dave and Sandy, who opened the bike shop that we rave about, house for dinner. They live out in Mill Bay in a bright warm house that was so beautifully built and yet so inviting that our dogs found a place to lay and destroy at least three small stuff toys and spread the inards everywhere.

Since we've been back I have been on a few rides (with aching legs) and a run and today I planted out all the baby tomatoe plants that I didn't have to heart to kill (i was supposed to thin Franziska {my clay friend)'s seeds to one per block so instead i careful teased each one out and saved them) they are all in pots on the west facing side (the really hot side)of the house. I also set up an experiment with some pepper plants that I grew from seeds from fresh peppers that turned into part of my left arm (i think that's how digestion works,no??) they too are on the hot side in a big tub and the rest will go in the huge garden.

Part of the planting out was to replace all the dirt that was in the pots for fresh stuff with a little less moss and a little more life to it. This process starts with taking the composters apart and rebuilding them with new hot(nitrogen)/cold(carbon) layers that drop about 10cm a day when they are working well. I moved them and dug them out, careful to put back all the red wiggler worms that I could find and then blending half and half with the old "potting soil" that I have been acquiring. Lots of bending and lifting on the old lower back!

Speaking of the garden, our lovely friend, Trevor, of Cowichan Rentals, brought me a big ornery rear tine rototiller and I spent the evening tearing off my old callouses and building up a large row of new blisters, and yes i was wearing gloves the whole time.

Well, off to bed and another busy week of pots, meetings, and cycling! By the way i did 9 huge loads of laundry from the trip and folded the last load off the laundry line this morning.

PS my back is aching from all the lifting and tilling!! hot water bottle anyone??hahahaa

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