Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Garden work and vacation
The work at Terra Nova Gardens continues.  Each day inches closer to the May 15th planting date.  The seeds have been inserted into their life pods (expanding seed starter cells) and the heat mat is warming their little bottoms.  The seeds are due to sprout up in about another week.  If all works out there will be enough to give away as well as plant.
Terra Nova Gardens Fences
The rail fence is complete for this year and the critter proof fence is under construction.  Actually, it will be ready for the chicken wire in one more day.  All but four of the posts have been set and the top rail has been installed.  I did start digging the garden beds and have them about 1/3 of the way completed.  The daylilies are really sprouting up and are a little tougher to transplant than I thought.  They are definitely the hardy common kind.  I'm finding them all over the property so there will not be any lack of flowers for the fence perimeter when the time comes for that.

I took a week off and went to visit my family in Las Vegas.  While the temperatures soared above 90 degrees in Nebraska, I basked in the 60 degree temperatures of Las Vegas.  What's wrong with that picture.  Now the temperatures are hovering around the freezing mark during the night time.  I've never seen such drastic swings in temperatures.  I have to wonder what the plants think about all this temperature volatility.

During my visit with family, my oldest daughter made plans to visit Universal Studios in California.  We made a weekend of it and staid in a hotel two nights.  It was great being with my daughter, her husband, and two grand daughters for the weekend. 
King Kong
Here's the big guy on the midway entering Universal Studios.  This is about a block long with all kinds of touristy things to get your money.  We politely walked through a few shops and kept our money for other things.  Universal studios is of course movie oriented with much visual stimulation and many 4D experiences.  A typical 4D experience would be the use of jets of air or drips of water for added effect.  One 4D tram ride brought us into a tunnel.  The movie screen was from the floor on one side of the tunnel to the floor on the other side of the tunnel.  With 3D glasses on, the visual display began with King Kong on one side of the tram and a dinasour on the other side of the tram.  Of course they had to fight each other and it would of course involve the jumping on top of the tram which would rumble and rock to the action on both sides and top.  It was pretty cool.

The weather there in California was 55 degrees with wind and misty rain.  The weather just makes no sense these days.

I have to say even when a good time was had by all, it's still good to be home.  Don't you think?


  1. I have to agree, Dave, it's always good to be home :-)

  2. Nice to see you home. The fence looks good. The temperature swings are indeed crazy. Everything here is a month ahead but I'm holding off on planting new things outside until they should go out there. One big cold snap could get us.

  3. It's always nice to go away and nice to come home. It looks like things are progressing nicely at the garden. This weather has just been crazy here too! I sure hope we have some type of normal weather this summer.

  4. Ana, the only bad thing about coming home after being gone is catching up with everything that should have been done while being gone. Plowing through all the mail and electronic mail takes up most of the first day. Then of course there's always the laundry from the week. Is it all worth it? You betcha!!