We went down to the farm last weekend and had a time of relaxation and appreciation. We have been working so hard all summer, but this time we spent very little time working and a whole lot of time sitting in lawn chairs envisioning the future. It was time to sit back and look at all we have accomplished and to daydream about future changes.
BIL came by early afternoon on Saturday, and we all just sat around a caught up on news while the dogs played and got rid of maybe 10 percent of their energy! Maggie enjoys being able to explore without a leash now, although we try to keep her within sight as she has a propensity of heading toward the road. Sage and Maggie did sneak off into the woods for a while, and I suspect they tried to visit the creek. When we put the travel harness on Maggie Sunday afternoon, she pouted and refused to come near the car, so she clearly prefers farm life to city life.
Other than BIL, we had no visitors, and, much as I love being surrounded by friends and family, it was really nice to sit alone with hubby and eat supper by a campfire. (BIL brought us rocks for a fire ring last trip, and evenings are now cool enough for a fire. We love it!)
Despite a lack of rain, most of the lavender, rosemary, and magnolia plants are doing well. We have sprinklers running on timers by the new magnolias, but the lavender and rosemary are somehow hanging in there without any help. We run sprinklers to soak the soil when we are there, but it’s still amazing that the plants can survive the current drought. One of the gardenia “bushes” was a 3 inch twig with two leaves when I planted it and has grown to a nine inch, healthy plant. The Buddleja bushes are about 18 inches tall and full of flowers.
We talked about letting one of the logging trails return to nature and clearing the trail that follows the old road bed as a new access to the fire break at the property boundary. We fought our way through the briars to find the spot where the road bed crosses a drainage culvert that we want to keep visible. We have not stood there for a while, and we had forgotten the beautiful views all around. We decided to clear a path down there next trip so that we can plant my weeping willow there and put a bench under it. It is the perfect spot to sit quietly and look out over what will eventually be a pond, then look over to where the house will be, and just reflect on life in general. When I lived in Stratford-upon-Avon, there were weeping willows all along the river bank, so the willow will be a reminder of loved ones, especially my father. Next weekend would have been my father’s 90th birthday, so that would be a really nice time to set that area up.