To dive with shovel headlong into the heat, pull up grass roots, tuck fledgling food plants into rich soil, throw rocks, pile rocks, lay rocks into walkways, pause (panting) to listen to a new birdsong, dig some more, empty the wheelbarrow, fill it up again, then retreat into shade for water – this was yesterday with my dad. Glorious.

Per-chi-ko-ree – goldfinch. The oriole a long ‘variation on a doubled theme’. The cardinal, a dominant wolf-whistle. Cedar waxwings sound like shy cicadas, Red-winged blackbirds take me right back to the fields of my childhood – they are part of the sound of forever.

At the end of the day, I see that I’m a mere 1/5th of the way through what’s required – but it doesn’t matter, because the chestnut tree I planted 4 years ago in poor soil- a gamble I took because my favourite chestnut of all time was brutally murdered – this chestnut tree in my garden bloomed for the first time. Hallelujah.

Pics coming.
May your long weekends be equal parts sun, wet, wonderful and wild.

Now I can finish putting the food in. Where it’s best to put the food – here’s a useful companion planting guide, for those who want to try something more eco-system based: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companion_plants

Hello world!

I’m in my shop, 8:40pm, listening to Steve Ritchie and Enio Mascherin, as they talk to the world and each other about music collected from people who live 100 miles around Owen Sound-  http://www.100milemusicshow.com – they post their playlists in advance.  Go there, and get the live stream – what a great, eclectic mix of fabulous tunes we’ve produced here!  Really, it’s the new East Coast, the new Seattle, but all our own.  So far I’ve gigged with everyone whose track they’ve played – or recorded with them in Steve Blender’s Birdland studio way back when.  Now they’ve got Leckie’s Krueger Family Picnic up – also recorded at Birdland, I believe.

So rather than tell you what a climb it’s been today to get this blog set up & connected with twitter, FB, Linkedin, and my website, I’m going to recommend you check out this show, stop typing, and… just stop, for the night.

I’ll leave you with a pic of my garden project this weekend.  We’ll do a before/after thing.

One way to stay in shape...
All those rocks have got to go, that grass has got to shrink, and new gardens dig.