Sunday, June 2, 2013
Lovely lazy Sunday … slightly overcast and then the sun broke out of the clouds, yea!!!
Friday my pal D and I ventured out to Sooke to gather some seaweed for gardening. It was a most beautiful day.
First thing, though, had to check on my shallots .. hadn’t grown them before and had purchased some Dutch shallots from Richters Herbs… here is one of them .. shedding the papery husk of the original bulb .. I thought this was worthy of the “magic” of gardening so thus the photo. They are tenacious growers and I would like to plant more of them. Maybe I’ll get into a shallot growing frenzy as I have done with garlic!
Everything is always magical in the garden .. it just never gets old and always I am humbled at the miracle of a seed growing into a plant .. the inherent knowledge of the plant (non-GMO, of course) .. nature happening in it’s own way …
Here are some Valerian plants .. growing so tall .. I need to plant them soon …
Ok, so D and I arrive at one of the many beaches in Sooke .. what a magnificent day. And both of us are experiencing issues near our homes, where vast building projects are ongoing and we really need some natural beauty to offset the construction issues. This s a good start.
The stones are placed so artistically along the shoreline … now this is real art .. the natural kind.
It was a lovely outing, escaping to nature. No cranes. No trucks. No hammering. Just the soothing sounds of the waves off in the distance .. a warm breeze swirling around us as we gathered seaweed. Now that was a lot of work and we quickly filled some bags which I loaded into my trusty little car. Then it was time to relax and go for a walk along the shoreline.
Such clear water on the firmly packed sand .. like a mini-pool
I could see tiny crabs and lightning fast little fishes darting in all directions below.
And D noticed this large piece of heavy industrial plastic .. it looked like a hatch cover. Would have liked to have removed it from the beach but it was very heavy, so we had to leave it there.
Such a relaxing sight to see the myriad of stones beneath the clear saltwater.
D noticed the seals … out sunning themselves on the rocks … their barking noises echoed over the water and sounded quite close to us
And I learned from D that this is sea-asparagus. Served in fine restaurants, imagine that. Most likely not cheap, either.
This ancient log resembles a whale, don’t you think?
More seals …enjoying their natural habitat ..
It was a fun relaxing day trip and finally it was time to leave . However, we did stop along the way and went for another walk in a small forested area along the highway … where the fronds of the ferns were now unfurled and the well-worn pathways were edged with fields of them.
Photos tomorrow .. now it is time to work outside .. to enjoy the one day of the week when the construction noises cease and I can pretend that today is like the normal days of years ago .. when quiet was normal. sigh.