Good morning from West Virginia!
I know I've been AWOL. But if you saw our garden, you'd sympathize with me! It's huge beyond words! Dimensions are 280 by 60 feet plus the vineyard and gourd patch. And amidst the recent heat wave, weeeeeeeeding and weeeeeeding and weeeeeeping water out of my forehead about as fast out as I can drink it back in...well...I just plain played out the energy into making our food for the coming year! Thought I would stick my head back in here and look around the empty room to see if anyone noticed my absence and tidy things up before going back to the salt mines, so to speak!
We don't have air conditioning so we keep doors (with screens on them) open all night, watch the Atomic clock in the morning for convergence of outside and inside temperatures before closing all the doors when outdoor and indoor reach balance. It's the art of keeping cool in a fabulously designed house that takes the hot air out the tromb wall and out, and sucks in the cool when evening arrives. We've been able to maintain a 20-degree difference: 94 outside 74 inside. Not bad. I've draped old tablecloths and sheets (both white) over sun-splashed windows, keeping the living room and dining room in total shade. And, it's really paid off! We've been very comfortable downstairs. Upstairs (where the computer is located) has been another matter. Toward sundown, things have heated up to where it's stuffy and too warm. So.....open the doors and wait for evening to bring relief!
The tomatoes are blooming like crazy. Same with the cukes. Canning season is just around the corner.
How are you all doing through this summer so far of drought and exotic thunderstorms and dust bowl conditions?
Beth, that flower is an Astilbe. Perennial. And it was truly that bright. It's faded now, and I look forward to more flowers on it next year. This was the first year with it.
Don't wait up for me. I'll drift in and out of this blog-home as I can grab some photos that you'll enjoy. Taking life slowly while on the run!
Love you all,