Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Well, I really want to talk about my garden. Started looking through my photos and perused some sunny days in June when D and I went seaweeding in Sooke. Our good friend R joined us in September, I think, and I have some good photos from that time and will post later.
Anyway, it was a midweek day and D & I set off to Sooke. Looking forward to spending time on the beach, harvesting some seaweed for the garden. Breathe in the fresh air and just spend some time away from the reality of daily life. So, it was a sunny day, see this beautiful sky ..
It was early in the day and the tide was way out there .. we could walk for miles along the shoreline .. see the seaweed covered rocks. Lots of sea lettuce. I’ve seen people just hacking away at these and stuffing huge bags full .. to use in restaurants. That is just so wrong. D & I, having taken seaweed courses, know that you just carefully trim a leaf from a plant, leaving the rest to continue growing on the rocks.
Such an eerie feeling, really .. to walk along these rocky shores that normally are full of water, too deep for me to ever enter when the tide is in. I am so grateful for this experience.
Tide is coming in .. the hidden sea creatures can now escape their hiding places and cavort about in the salty brine of the ocean.
And here is D .. she’s found a lovely kelp, the fronds are still attached. The plant itself is ok to harvest, it is not still growing. Treasure indeed, my garlic thanks you.
Yum yum .. says my lovely garlic .. more than 60 minerals in seaweed .. enriches the soil quality and adds taste to the garlic.
And the Elephant Garlic mumbles a gnarly thanks also … it is too busy growing to pay us much attention!
And along the way we saw this happy family busy throwing their crab traps … they would carefully check the size of the crabs and any too small or too large would be cast back into the ocean.
Don’t these branches remind you of a giant dinosaur or a monster of some type?
A last look at the shoreline .. and it was nearly time to leave.
Back home, in between unloading the seaweed and moving to the back yard, I just had to stop and admire busy bees cavorting in the lupines.
And the red-hot poker plants … the birds and insects love these blooms.Sigh .. that was a lovely visit back to June .. especially in this winter. Although, the weather in Victoria, BC today was sunny, there was some chill, but not much. So we can’t complain. And must not boast, you know. But we all do enjoy this lovely weather. And I, for one, just plain dream of next spring and summer.