But before I get on to the garden, let me talk about my exploding stove.
Okay – it didn’t actually go boom. But there I was, after hanging my laundry on the line (yay!) preheating the oven to put in my overnight sourdough bread. It seemed to be taking a rather long time. I went over to the oven and noticed a strange light coming from the inside. Ah! Fire!
“Well,” I said to myself, “That can’t be right.” I observed it a bit and noticed it travelling the length of the bottom element. Also – there was a lot of smoke and a smell that wasn’t exactly enjoyable.
Hmm, I thought. And so I opened the oven door to further investigate. Yup – smoke pouring out. Not good. I turned off the oven and opened a window (also turned on the oven fan.)
The fire went out. This, I thought, was good. In the meantime, I also reminded myself of the location of the fire extinguisher.
All was well when Simon came in from the garden a few minutes later. He pulled out the stove, had a look at certain things and declared the stove a dead range. Not resting. Not pining for the fjords. Dead. An ex-stove.
And there I was with bread that needed to be baked. I called Sheila. She was home. Yes, she said, I’ll preheat the oven. Come over. I did, suitably masked and surgically gloved – and we kept a huge distance. And then, Sheila also gave me a black-eyed Susan. Yay!
I came home an hour later with two loaves of bread and a new plant for the garden.
In the meantime, Simon was doing magical things with wood. One of those was building a new raised bed. And now we have marionberries in a new bed. And they were also a gift from a lovely client.
And so the garden continues to expand. We have fruit trees and all kinds of berries. Today I planted out the cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower and sowed the dill seeds. The spinach is up; the lettuce is up. The birds have been enjoying the pea seeds – I planted more.
And the hummingbirds have been in pugnacious attack mode. Don’t they realize we are feeding them? Do they think the feeders just fill themselves? (answer – peobably, yes.)
Having a wonderful time!
Pricing out ranges tomorrow. Buying a new stove.
But then – life happens. You gotta roll with it. And get a giggle out of it while you do.