Thursday, April 23, 2009

A fine day

Yesterday was beautiful. Sunny, sixties, very little wind and no bugs. A perfect day to be out in the garden planting potatoes, peas and onions. Which is, coincidentally, what I did.

I wasn't the only one with high dirt-digging aspirations. The farmer who owns the land around our homestead was out with his tractor, turning over the dormant soil, breaking up the sodden lumps and churning the rich brown earth. Breaking it up this early probably means he will be planting wheat, which is the earliest of our Big Three to be planted. The Big Three being, of course: wheat, soybeans and corn.

I'd love it if someone, just once, planted something different. Okay, maybe more than just once. Back in ye olden days there were some fields of barley, oats, rye and flax scattered about. Even some sunflowers and potatoes. I'd love to see a vast horizon of sunflowers outside my kitchen window. Or a lovely blue sea of flax flowers. But for the last ten, twenty, thirty years it's been nothing but wheat, beans and corn. Sigh.

Graham took the camera and snapped a shot of our yard, as it looks now. Chicken coop, Number One Son, goat corral with old hog barn in the distant right. And lots of scattered yard toys.

We had a bit of rain, only a bit, not enough to send boys scurrying for umbrellas. But just enough to make a rainbow in the southern sky.

Red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple and blue. I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too.


Karen said...

I love it when you boys get the camera and we get the world at their level!! Last time Benjamin had it, weren't all of the pics from under your kitchen table?!!! I'm surprised more bugs and stuff aren't in them!

Jo said...

I'm sure this summer we'll have plenty of random floor, foot and finger shots to add to the family album.

Karen said...

Aaahhh, life from the eyes of a child! Of course, in a few years, Owen will want to be taking pictures of women's cleavages and such!! Be grateful for the toes, bugs, and table legs!!!