Sunday, May 25, 2008

NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY ...

Ah! Ah! No, it is not a new baby (although I would welcome one any time! )...

Actually, we are talking about a bunch of new comers, and they are red and white and they fish and they will spend the summer in the smaller pond... We just got 11 new goldfish at he petshop yesterday, 10 cents a piece !!! Unfortunately, we are sad to announce that number 12 passed away during his rough ride aboard my old Volvo on the bumpy-because-of-spring-rain Pinnacle road.

Our large pond in the forest is usually filled with gold fish we introduced there about 12 years ago. But strangely, this year, only 3 have survived... And it is a mystery to us since nothing astounding happened to the pond during the winter. We found many of them floating on top of the water when the ice melted but we have no hint as to what happened to kill them. They are ventilation, plenty of water under the ice... So, we are starting a new family now. Boy, what a difference it must be to bary move in a heavy populated aquarium to swimming free outside in cold clean crystal clear water with no one to bump into...

We spent the day gardening yesterday, Ulysse and I while Francois repaired the tractor. We got a lot in the ground, most tomato plants, 46 jalapeno chilis !!!, artichokes, eggplants, nasturtiums of all kinds, different dahlia tubers (my favorite), tons of zinnias for the birds and the bees, seeding giant chinese radishes, carrots, beans of all kinds, pumpkins and gourds, zucchinis, watermelon, cucumbers, moon flowers, sweetpeas, giant sunflowers and plenty more.

Ulysse has been gardening since he started walking almost... I always kept a corner of the garden for him where he was allowed to garden the way he wanted to. he has tried all kinds of plantations. Gardening is very good for kids, as important as it is for them to use their artistic means. Gardening is nurturing and it makes you a better person. This is what I believe...

So, here he was at it again this spring, turning the soil over, feeding it with his own compost pile, raking, seeding, planting and watering, his favorite part. I think of all the things Ulysse has been thought, this is one thing he will be doing for the rest of his life... And I am real proud to be the one who showed him how...

2 comments:

love.boxes said...

Your garden is lovely.. both of your gardens are lovely! Hooray for new fishies! We are teaching our daughter to garden this year as well. I have found from a little experimenting with it last year that she is more likely to EAT veggies that she has grown or helped to grow.

We love Dahlias here too. I just bought some pink and more pink today!

Jenn said...

Hi Lulu! So happy you got your computer all fixed up and you are back online:):) Your garden is absolutely fabulous! I love to garden with my boys as well. There is just nothing better than getting your hands dirty and watching things grow:):) My little Henry planted a whole pot of baby pansies and verbena all by himself and has never been so proud:) We just got some lavender yesterday and it is heavenly!!

Thanks so much for all your sweet words on my blog! Hope you have a beautiful day Lulu!!! xox...jenn