The rain has found us, and I for one, am more than thrilled.
Magical rain in the desert.
The scents, the cooling of the earth...
It's more than enchanting.
We prepare for our 4th of July festivities.
We celebrate with garden treats.
Heading out to the veggies...
The hard work and endless days of watering with no help from the sky can take a toll.
But then monsoon season turns up with a handful of rain days if you are lucky.
Softening the ground and cooling the air for a moment.
Making it perfect for carrot harvesting fun.
And then every bit of suffering is beyond worth it.
Pulling carrots out of the earth is one of the most satisfying feelings.
My sister helped me and she commented on what good fun it was.
She is an excellent helper, weeding as she goes.
The strawberry patch is having a fresh wave again.
So, we enjoyed some as we worked away.
Dogs stuffed their faces and bodies under growing things, on the hunt for rodents me thinks.
Baby pumpkins bloom and grow and bloom some more.
Lots of little brothers and sisters out there.
We squat for hours, digging out the tops of our carrots to make sure they are ready.
Such big carrots too.
Not too long and thick.
I planted seeds for these shorter guys as I thought they were so charming.
We get some little guys too.
All will be great for roasting this afternoon.
We gather and gather.
Ever so many.
As I pick basil tops for avocado, basil, parmesan, swiss, and tomato toasted sandwiches.
Butterfly bush for a 4th of July centerpiece.
We leave many carrots behind to get bigger and stronger.
Then head out to wash.
Cutting tops off...
Getting ready to toss them in olive oil and salt + pepper.
Roasted until they are candy sweet and perfectly soft.
A few zinnias for good measure.
We sit in the swing and eat more strawberries.
Chopping more tops off of carrots.
Watching clouds roll in over mountains.
Getting ready to toss glitter in the air and watch fireworks from our driveway in the country. Put on by the hidden resort down the bend.
Happy 4th of July friends!!
And happy weekend to all!
Stay safe and happy and have a good time!
We are off to make our plans.
Feeling lazy from collecting 5 a.m. carrots.
Maybe we will just swing as the sky sprinkles on us.
Our wavy hair turning into ringlets.
Puffing up like cotton candy.
In this normally dry place.
Love the rain goooooodness!
I had been yearing for a day off of my early morning watering duties for months.
Off to seek out some firecrackers.
See you soooooon!