Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Yesterday was another day of repeated showers
and according to early morning forecast
showers due daily for the next 3 days.

The soil surrounding my cottage and in the woods
is almost beyond damp.
In places mud....
Everything is growing,
some leaves are yellow
and mosquito's are buzzing.

Grass was cut by school boy on Friday
and it is Tuesday and so high.
Cannot or will not pay someone again to do this chore.

So I back lawn tractor out of garage.
Because I have developed a weak right arm I
 have learned I can turn the blade on by raising my
leg and pushing lever with my foot
part of the way and then grabbing with my hand to continue to put blade on.
This can be accomplished because of years of exercise, yoga and I am
not a big person.
I know this  is not a good idea
but I can accomplish it
although do not need to make a practice of it.

Grass is still damp or wet,
even though I waited until 5:00
and the delightful little mushrooms
look like little soldiers in the surrounding lawn
and woods.  Some I cut down and others I leave
because I like the way they look.

Mosquito's are horrible and for the first time ever
I put a scarf on my head to cover my neck
around long sleeve shirt.
I am going to cut for 30 minutes
that is the most I can do.
I notice a few August plants that are blooming
A vine that use to be on screen porch and threatened to cover it
so I moved by the woods.
Also one I do not plant but volunteers everywhere I move.
Years ago my elderly friend Miss Robbye gave it to me.
I had never seen it before
she called it a Summer Poinsettia.
what I have shared a lot this Spring and Summer
"I am not gardening in an ideal location at the edge of
these shady and damp woods."

But surprisingly
there are times
that everything looks beautiful.
that is not at this time....


Judy said...

You may not be in an ideal location to garden, but you are in an ideal location to live!!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Oh Judy, thank you.
I do know I am peace on this
plot of ground. Need to get out more but seems I just do not.
My days go by so fast with puttering, computer, garden and dreaming...

Mary @ Colony Mountain Folk Art Dolls said...

Puttering, computer, garden and dreaming...sounds like the good life to me!

Balisha said...

You were driving your lawn tractor and I was out trimming trees with an extension pole saw. What things women do.The job was so difficult...harder than I remember it being. I wanted to trim branches from over my little crabapple...Joe is having back problems.
I guess we are driven by this gardening obsession.It seems I just can't change my ways and simplify my life.
Could you let your grass grow and not mow it? Just wondering...

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Balisha, I can let the grass coming down my long gravel drive and on the road grow higher.
But around this cottage like it groomed. Might be some critters out there. I live in the country and yet from years of groomed small city yards
guess I still think that way.
With all the rain it has grown more then usual and now looks like 90 degree weather is back.
Thank you for commenting and understand all you do.
Mary, :)