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Behind the mountains and through the trees, the late afternoon sun illuminated a work-in-progress:  a watercolor of the chalet Agapanthus and LL Mustache called home for a brief few days.

Guntersville 418 In Progress

The chalet on the bluffs

Agapanthus had perched at the artist’s elbow, quietly confident in his ability to capture a perfect afternoon. Little Lord Mustache thought the depiction of the festive fire hydrant should have received a bit more attention, given its importance in the composition, its importance in general.  It is, of course, a matter of perspective.

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418

 

Lake Guntersville State Park

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Morning 3b

Before the rising sun evaporates the evening’s rain

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The Summer sun, lifting above the trees, illuminated a sparkling cloud of no-see-ums billowing through the roses. Their retreat and advance appeared as breath drawn and exhaled. Cicadas chorused. Trying to beat the heat, the Mockingbirds had already begun their daily tasks, which were many and, naturally, included sampling the ripeness of every fig at the top of the tree.

There is always give and take in the garden. Always a balance.  If it is a game, it is not strictly played fairly by some residents. Weather-wise, this season had the Gardeners one up on the fig side and down by three on the other fruit trees. The summer had produced a goodly amount of figs – enough for everyone, really, but the Mockingbirds love to have the very last warble and often can look you straight in the eye while beaking your fruit.

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The fledgling sharpens his technique.

 

Agapanthus was pleased to have worked as part of the team that had rescued figs when so many had come ripe all on one day. Two afternoons of jam-making had produced a reasonable supply. The Fig ‘n’ Strawberry went into the freezer. The Fig and Lemon was properly canned and suitably labeled…a salute to the opposition and a game well-played.

Jam Labels Agapanthus

Hitty Agapanthus labels the jars of fig jam.

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Frank Jackson State Park Collage

A late afternoon ramble along the welcoming shores of Lake Jackson found Hedydd carefully balancing on a boardwalk leading to a small island.  A lovely cool breeze ruffled the water, but it was just enough to cause concern…and Hedydd had not prepared for bathing and certainly not diving.

The water lilies, barely blooming, were host to frogs and dragonflies who chirped and hummed as the afternoon waned. Crossing to the island, the company discovered a small wooden sign bearing the words: “‘WARNING’ BEWARE OF ALLIGATORS”. Hedydd is well-aware the shady island was the perfect spot for snakes but wondered why the warning had not been posted on the other side of the boardwalk.

http://www.alapark.com/frank-jackson-state-park

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Hitty Dixee brought home delicious fresh bounty from Aunt Katie’s Community Garden. The visit was spur-of-the-moment, prompted by an interview heard on the local public radio station and another spectacularly beautiful afternoon.

The garden is right in the middle of downtown Dothan, Alabama and serves the folks that live in the neighborhood, as well as the wider community.  There is so much growing in that delightful half-acre! It is hard to take it all in…and Dixee was blessed to take some out! She came home with kale, carrots, beets, herbs and sweet potato slips…plus a heap of knowledge and encouragement imparted by Ms. Belvia Jones: Teacher, Hostess, Gardener and remarkable human being.

Aunt Katie's Bounty

Tiny carrots for Hitty Dixee

 

You really should go, but barring that, to find out more visit:

Aunt Katie’s Community Garden

and

The Dubois Institute For Entrepreneurship, Inc.

 

 

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What was meant to be an hour or so of tidying following a rainstorm turned into an afternoon of berry-picking. Hedydd was startled to hear the whoops of glee from the front garden. It was a rare moment of perfect timing and worthy of celebration.  Now, it was not an abundant crop, but the berries were close to ripeness and not yet greedily consumed by the neighborhood birds.

Am I Blue Too Too

Nobody really minds sharing, but it is pleasant, occasionally, to enjoy the literal fruits of one’s labor. Hedydd picked baskets of blueberries and dewberries, even a pineberry or two. There was enough for supper and to spare…and a gracious plenty left for feathered friends.

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Agapanthus isn’t anyone’s fool this April 1rst, but she might be stringing a pair of Old Fools along. Up and out early in the vivid Alabama morning, she convinced the Gardeners of her expertise in the construction of bean towers, or at least her willingness to help.

Panthy and the Tipi 2

Agapanthus balances high on the green bean tipi.

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