Yep, that was the question the Princess put to me today. Of course she was referring to my lack of posts. She thinks i can’t cut the mustard so here is my ketchup post. (Dang i love a good pun,,, but i like even a bad pun).
So as most of you know we started the Valentines weekend on Saturday with a nice Slow Roast of Beast with Special House Horseradish Sauce, some Baked Butternut and Pumpkin topped with Pecans (what else) and sautéed Green Beans and Stewed Tomatoes (one of Beatrice’s specialty dishes). And if you were worried about our diets, this was all on it. Only problem was the lack of Fudge Sauce on the Butternut and Pumpkin. Needless to say, there were no prisoners taken.
Sunday was a jaunt through Chincoteague Refuge on bikes. Left with a wind burnt and frozen face. I wanted to stop at the Island Clinic and Creamery but they said my insurance was used up. We opted for “Jack’s Insurance” coverage. We get 2 aspirin, 3 band aids and $50 hospitalization at the clinic each month. So instead we got a Rotisserie Chicken on the way home. And last night was a special dinner at ANNIE’s (where butter is a food group).
Yesterday started the Mutton Hunk Fen Project. Well actually it is a continuation of the project we started 2 years ago. The first year we replanted 35 acres, the next year was 50 acres and this year we will replant 75 acres. BUT i’ve already told you this, so i will just put up the pictures.
Most of my work was in field 2 and 3. The afternoon temps got up to 68F which would have been really nice if it hadn’t been for the 30 mph winds. We have a crew of AmeriCorps folks helping us so there had to be specific instructions given for the planting.
The bottom right is the one i love the best. As always, Green side UP, Brown side DOWN. Its amazing that some folks (college grads like these) occasionally need some reminding of this concept. Of course when questioned about this we always tell the truth,,, “The Chinese don’t like these plants popping up in their rice paddies”. Some times a globe is necessary for this Geographical theorem to sink in. My job was the really technical one. I walked the rows after the plants had been set (not planted yet) in the pre-drilled holes and tied a piece of Red Plastic Tape onto the plants so they would be visible when the undergrowth began taking over. Tomorrow will be another day on the fen and in all truth i am really looking forward to it.