Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Break from Planting, But Not the Garden!

We decided to take a break from our planting today, mostly because it is back-breaking work in our previously unplanted plot, and we were tired.  But also because we wanted to buy some herbs and needed corn seed (the ones we planted were so dry and a little old, we were afraid they would not sprout). 

So off we went this morning to the Sylva Farmer's Market.  We bought several herbs to begin our potted herb garden, including 2 types of basil (love basil), parsley, cilantro, thyme, oregano, marjoram & tarragon.  A good start.   I really enjoy the market, the views are wonderful and everyone is so friendly and knowledgeable.  We also got radish and eggplant seeds from the Sylva Sprouts Seed Lending Library.  The Cherokee Purple tomatoes we got from them are growing beautifully!

Prior to heading out to the market, I found this caterpillar on our porch railing
I believe it is a Forest Tent Caterpillar.  I'm hoping he doesn't do a lot of damage!

After we returned from the market, I came across this unusual creature...

 It's one of the strangest things I've ever seen, and I can't find anything that identifies it anywhere...anyone know anything about this creature?  It is hanging vertically on a piece of my clothes line, by the way.

My day ended with a visit with my good neighbor Bertie up the road a bit, I really enjoy my time with her (Ron too, he is a charmer, but usually heads to his wood working shop when I am there, and I stop and chat with him on my way back to my cabin), chatting about this and that, her life, and learning lots about our mountain.  This is she and Ron, you can get the flavor of who they are!  I believe this photo was taken by one of her nieces.  There will be more to come about Ron & Bertie, they are a big part of this mountain!
Thanks for the great chat this afternoon Bertie!  I really enjoy my time with you:)

Thanks for reading my blog, see you tomorrow,

1 comment:

Christine said...

Awww, what a sweet old couple! Love that critter on your clothes line whatever it may be.