Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Dreaming of holidays


Oh to be on holiday again and have long days in the garden with the sun shining, the cats following me, and my camera in hand.
The reality is i'm working a seven shift stretch.Its alternating between calm to chaotic.The garden will be me oasis of calm from the stresses and strains.
I got some Alaskan seed pods today from Eagle River Alaska.Thanks Nancy.Im hoping she puts her garden online soon.She has seen mine through the garden blog.
I smelt the Dandelion wine last night, a slight yeasty smell, but the distinct smell of Ethanol.I had looked up wine making.Guess what there is lots of expensive stuff you can buy for it.
I want mine made the traditional way with minimal equipment, just whats in our kitchen.A pan, a plastic container.
Patience is needed as minimum drinking time is 3 months, really need a year...I love the magic of it.People at work are intrigued, and keep saying bring some in when its ready...
Next year i think i will try to make batches twice a year.This year the dandelions flo wered twice...
Three shifts to go before days off hurray.The garden is looking wild in places, the grass needs a trim, and the weeds need removing.A garden is always in a state of perpeptual motion I guess.Sometimes you have control, other times with work and family the garden regains the control.I must do the Autumn clean up soon preparing for winter.The compost needs turning if i can get through all the rubbish around my composting bin.
I need some seed catalogues too for poring over as the days get shorter, and the temperature dips down. Its also been so wet, rain, and more rain, and some thunder and lightning.
Off to work soon, hope your gardens are all growing nicely.

4 comments:

Sigrun said...

I also wish, my holidays come back! Since yesterday we are at work again.
What the hell is Dandilion wine?

Sigrun

snappy said...

Wine made from Dandelions Sigrun, i have posted lots of flower pics.Yellow flowered perennial weed that flowers then turns into a wispy clock.You blow the seed head to tell the time as a child....

Carol said...

Now that's a rose... told you English grown roses are the best! I'm trying not to think about all I want to do this fall and all I will need to do later on to put the gardens to rest for the winter. I am taking it one day at a time and trying to enjoy it. (And just 17 days until I have some vacation, I mean "holiday", time for a week.)

snappy said...

Carol, I love english roses and want borders full of them.David Austin Catalogue, its rose heaven...The rose sunshine has about eight flower buds ready to give me some more roses to sniff and admire.