I've been away for the past week on a long overdue family vacation, hence my radio silence. I'm one of those people that generally tries to keep family travel plans fairly quiet which is why I didn't announce it beforehand.
When I go away, I like to unplug...no email, no texts and no internet (other than perhaps a few minutes to look up places to go/eat, etc.). I force myself to be completely unconcerned with the pile of work that will be waiting for me when I get home. And a pile of work it is.
Since I knew we would be going away, I postponed a bunch of gardening tasks, including starting all of the tomatoes & broccoli. My potatoes are supposed to be delivered any day now and the bed they will be going into is not built yet (although I did purchase the wood so that is one checkmark at least). And then there is the sowing that was supposed to be done this week and, since this week is almost finished, next weeks sowing will be due as well. I'm wishing there were 30 hours in a day ;)
Before we left, I did get several batches of seedlings transplanted - onions, leeks, kale & spinach. I also sowed my peas and, at the last minute, decided to get the favas into the ground as well. I'll do posts on all of these plantings soon.
The onions took a LONG time to transplant, several hours to be exact. This was no surprise, really, as we are talking about approx. 400 little plants. Next year, I really must remember to spread the transplanting out a bit, perhaps planting half in the morning and half in the afternoon. My back will thank me for it.
You may recall that I opted to pick up the fruit trees that I had ordered instead of having them delivered. The pickup day was last week and the plan was to pick them up and get them in the ground the next day, which would have been the day before we left. However, due to the cooler temps earlier in the season, the trees were not ready on the designated day so they offered to deliver them instead (for free, which is always very appreciated!). Of course, according to the shipping slip, they arrived smack dab in the middle of when we were away. I suppose it could have been worse - they could have arrived the day after we left, which would have left them sitting in their box on our driveway for several more days.
We couldn't have picked a better time to go away. When we left, the weather was still relatively warm, but it all went downhill from there. All week, the weather here was horrible - cold and rainy pretty much sums it up. When we got home, it was 2C (35F) with gusty winds - yuck. Not great when it comes to seeing some nice plant growth, but I was at least happy that I didn't have to worry about the beds drying out too much while we were away. Thankfully, the temps are supposed to improve by tomorrow.
For our trip, we went to the Bahamas. The last time we were there was 15 years ago, on our honeymoon, and whenever we looked at the photos, our kids would always start saying how they wanted to go there.
|Fairy Ride between Nassau and Paradise Island|
Some plants I was able to identify, like this bougainvillea:
And this hibiscus:
I'm thinking this is a Camellia, but am not entirely sure:
Lots of gorgeous palms - this one was so soft to the touch:
|Couldn't keep our hands off this guy|
I was fascinated by the rock wall that lined one of the streets we walked along:
|Rock Wall topped with Bougainvillea|
And I loved how the bougainvillea lined this street - definitely not something we see in Ontario:
The Cloisters are the remains of a 14th century French monastery that were brought to Paradise Island by William Hearst in the 1920's and then eventually assembled in the 1960's:
Our hotel had amazing underwater aquarium exhibits & numerous lagoons to explore. We were so fascinated by all of the aquatic life that we couldn't cross a bridge without stopping to see what we could see...so to speak ;)
|The Underwater Viewing was Incredible|
This guy looked at least 5' long, not including the tail
|Those are some BIG fish!|
|One of the pool areas after a thunderstorm|
Needless to say, we had an absolutely fantastic time (didn't want to leave actually). And when we saw what the weather looked like back home, we REALLY didn't want to leave. But you know what? Even with our horrible weather, there really is no place like home...that first night back, I slept like a baby.
Now...off to do that catching up I talked about. Lots of seeds to sow, trees & berry canes to plant and blog posts to read and write. Oh yes, and the mountain (literally) of post-vacation laundry that currently sits on the floor...better get to that sooner rather than later.
Till next time...