Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What I've been up to

I'm test running a new blog idea! You can take a look at it here, let me know what you think if you think anything. No pressure.

I do really like the concept for the other blog, but will continue to blog here as my personal blog. The other one is more topical and focused, but I'm still going to need an outlet for my garden attempts, birdwatching, and other miscellanea.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

From MacDonald Hill

From MacDonald Hill

I took this last November from the top of MacDonald Hill (the one with a house on it) in Lawrencetown, NS. On a windy day you can almost lean over the bank and the gusts alone will prevent you from tumbling over the edge. It's much nicer to have the wind prevent you from falling than it is having it try and buffet you off.

I edited this image tonight for a little project I'm working on, and decided to share it here. The colours work well with my previous post. More on the new project in a bit.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Johnny jumps early

I will absolutely not be discouraged by the 15 cm (6 inches) of snow predicted for this afternoon and overnight, because I have steeled myself for snowfall well into April.* I am optimistic that, even though only the top 3 inches of ground has thawed, whatever snow falls is not here to stay. Still, I won't refrain from calling the first flower of the season a little premature, not that I'm going to complain. Tough little johnny jump-up won't be fazed by the looming blanket of snow, anyway.

First flower

Oh lawd, I just realized I'm in my purple prose phase of spring (note: I was restraining myself up above). It's usually brought on by spending a sunny March afternoon doing garden chores, and can only be cured by a healthy dose of L.M. Montgomery novels. I'll have to hold off on that for now.

*Updated to add: CBC radio just reported that the snowfall record for March 23 was in 2005, when we got 40 cm (16 inches) of snow - if I wasn't planning on complaining before, I'm certainly not now.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Hope springs eternal thesis completion

I'm eager to get on with my thesis and with some early spring seed-sowing in the coldframe, but the latter must wait on the construction of said coldframe (fingers crossed it is finished before my father --the builder-- goes on vacation to Arizona), and the former waits on, well, my ability to get over my strong aversion to all academic writing even remotely related to Ian McKay. McKay, you're very smart, but you are my wall.

I know it's self-evident, but it is still worth repeating: the longer you work on a thesis, the longer it takes to complete it. It's like a mathematical formula that never approaches zero. Jana, Jacquie, can you shed a little light on this for me?

I can at least take solace in the fact that as the days get longer my determination to finish the thesis grows as well. Spring = thesis completed = flowers and gardening, and this kind of thinking might just be what helps get me through the next month or so. Then I can enjoy things like this:

yellow flag iris

Yellow flag irises in the front yard,

heuchera flowers

An unnamed, pretty non-descript green heuchera variety with the most intense coral flowers,


And the serene blooms and soft, leathery leaves of the magnolia.