Taking the challenge (revised)

March 24, 2021 – Dewberry (revised)
March 24, 2021 – Dewberry

As noted in an earlier post, I’ve been double-gloving my right hand, the better to take out dewberry vines (dewberries being wild blackberries) …

to the distress of Griffin, who learned to love dewberries at our former Hill Country house.

The good news is, there are plenty more vines at the back of their property. In fact, everything is in full spring overdrive …

Even the bluebonnets are dancing for joy …

So I decided to make a dewberry blossom patch similar to the one on Remember 2016

But I didn’t look at the process from the last time around, so I did get a slightly different look …

which I’m thinking needs a little more work before it’s done.

And lest I forget … this is for Joanne and Mo …

Ha!

Thoughts on walking

February 2, 2021 – Impression

I walk a little farther each day, mostly in the neighborhood on sidewalks that are edged by lawns on one side and hell-strips on the other … hell-strips being those narrow bands of soil between the sidewalk and the curb. Although calling it soil might be a stretch, as it often appears to be exhausted to the point of being nothing more than dirt.

Nonetheless, plants will grow in even the most challenging conditions and the first signs of spring become more apparent each day. Some dandelions have been in bloom long enough to have already set seed heads. And yesterday I caught my first glimpse of what I think might be ajuga in bloom …

Likewise heralding spring, the birdsong has grown louder and more insistent with each passing day. Everything from the twitters and chirps of the true songbirds to the maniacal racket of the grackles filling the air with sound.

Cold nights alternate with an ever-stronger sun and though I begin my walks with sweatshirt zipped and hands in pockets, by the end I am warm through and through.

And so, a bit of thrift store cloth that reminded me of the neighborhood grid dotted with patches of green, a radiant-stitched dandelion as seen from afar and a tangle-of-purple flower as viewed up close … all shorthand for an early spring day.