Spring into Summer

Time to play catch-up!

This is Catoctin Mountain Orchard in Maryland. When I was younger and lived in Virginia, this was the halfway point in the drive when we went to visit my grandparents in Harrisburg. It hasn’t changed at all, that I can tell (but it does have a website now).

If you happen to be a fan of jam or preserves, I highly recommend ordering some of their blueberry or strawberry-rhubarb preserves. Mmm.

Welcome to Virginia! State bird: the cardinal. (Superior to the Pennsylvania state bird, which is the ruffed grouse.)

Virginia countryside. Smells like green.

My team for BUDA’s Spring Hat league, after going 5-0 in the tournament (after going 1-6 during the season…).

Interesting neighborhood gardening. (Flower spills: much less harmful than oil spills.)

Still Life With Ducks, I.

Still Life With Ducks, II (it was a slow day).

Later that day, slightly more interesting than ducks: THESE TWO got married! Here they are listening to one of the toasts.

In gardening news, the strawberry plant produced its first berry, and it was DELICIOUS. I am looking forward to a summer full of these. Nom nom nom.

Unique-looking clouds above the school at the end of the street.

Neighborhood chickens. One of the little ones is venturesome; believe it or not, there are at least three more chicks under the mama hen. She’s like Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker!

Yet more ultimate frisbee: seven players on the line at Mixed Easterns. Love Handles (my summer club team) did not break seed (to put it kindly), but we had fun and we’ll be ready to clean up (or at least finish in the first half) by the time the summer club tournament comes around in August.

And that’s about it for now: frisbee, weddings, poultry (wooden, plastic, and real), plants, and sky.

What I’ve been reading: The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald; Delirium, Lauren Oliver; Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
What I’ve been listening to: Ocean Eyes, Owl City; Tattoo You, Some Girls, Beggars Banquet, and Voodoo Lounge, The Rolling Stones; Torches, Foster the People

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