Thursday, June 14, 2012

Silkworm Success

If you define success by the fact that the silkworms emerged from their cocoons, mated and laid eggs, that is.  I saved out 5 cocoons for next year's starter stock.  The only 2 that emerged are of the correct genders, because eggs were laid and they have since turned a brownish grey, meaning they are fertile.  It the next day or 2 they will go into hibernation until next spring. Hibernation happens in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator. I'll just gather up the paper towel, place the eggs it contains in a little tub and they will be happy there until next spring when the mulberry trees leaf out.

This has been a very knitterly spring and summer.  Because I have been working part time at our local yarn shop, Friends & Fiberworks I am surrounded  by yarns, patterns, and knitting ideas.  I have knit, finished or reworked several knit tops, some knit in record time, others that have come out of the marination chamber where they have been living for several years.  That should bring on a parade of finished objects, but oddly, it has not.  I'll try to do better on the blog.  I have put them on Ravelry, but the pictures are far from stellar.

This is also Smoky Mountain Gardens time and this summer is no exception.  I am already eating radishes (duh!), blueberries, kale and chard.  I noticed a blossom on one of the yellow squash plants this morning - a very good sign.  We had a few rainy rays this week followed by a few days of not-too-hot sunshine and that usually makes the garden take off.  This evening chores include a bit of weeding and a careful picking of blueberries.  I have the bushes netted against the birds.  If not, I'd never get even one. This way it is harder to harvest, but I actually get blueberries. The fig plant is filling out nicely during it's third year in my yard, so I should get plenty lovely figs this year - up from last year's yield of six!

For some reason I thought that I'd get less done in the garden because of my new as a singleton, but it didn't work out that way.  Like many elements of my life, the dissipation of tension has made everything easier, happier and healthier. I can plant what I want, where I want it, no negotiation required. OK, I have to cut the grass myself, but I did it about 75% of the time anyway.  A fine trade off! 

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