There were also marsh marigolds and lungwort, but they were too far to photo from my phone. Each week I've noticed different things. This time I was struck by the contorted roots of the trees that grow on the banks of the brook. I did not bring a headset, choosing to listen to the sounds of the bubbling, and sometimes rushing, water. There were more bird songs than I could recognize, and a few folks were scouting the birds with binoculars.
A few families were rollerblading, with tykes clinging to mom, unsteady on their new wheels. One dad was definitely in his zone, making long sweeping glides. His little son was trying to keep up. I'll bet he napped in the car after that. The little boy, that is. Not the dad :)
The weather has been beautiful for the past few days, and I'm anxious to see if any of the seeds I've planted along the roadway have sprouted. The problem is that I just scratch them in along my walks and haven't put any markers so I couldn't find them if they haven't sprouted. I have been careful to plant them in spots where the weeds don't get tough and the road crews don't mow. I'll be walking again tomorrow, with a packet of sunflower seeds. The odds are that some of them will bloom. Even one sunflower would be a benefit!
I've done a lot of thinking, now that selling my condo has been put on hold for this spring/summer. It was a depressing realization and I know that the time will come, but I have to adjust my plans for the summer. I had packed up quite a bit of my things to have the condo show well, and I'm only going to unpack what I absolutely need, like warm weather clothes.
So instead of scouting my future little house, I'm going to make use of this time by learning a few skills. I've pulled out the "country skills" type books that I have accumulated over the years and will start practicing now what I intend to use later. Basically, I want to learn how to use milk to make yogurt, soft, and hard cheeses. I have made bread for many years but never kept a starter, so that's near the top of my list. I have gardened and canned, but never fermented. I've read about sauerruben, and that sounds interesting to me. It's listed on a few blogs and I was glad to find it in one of the books. I've made dandelion wine and wild grape wine, but never gingerbeer. Certain things, like smoking fish and meat, will have to wait until I have my own property. But with a cool basement, I can do some food preservation, even in a condo.
Tomorrow's grocery list: yeast.