Black Skimmers

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Dan and I went out to Assateague to check on our nesting Oyster Catchers and got there just as she was off the nest stretching her legs. We discovered three eggs in the nest and they are huge. We were glad to see that the whole area was roped off because it is only a few feet from the road.

The neatest thing from our trip yesterday was to find a flock of skimmers taking a break also. If you are fortunate to see a flock of Skimmers move across the surface of the water, you will be struck by how perfectly they are created with their lower beak longer than the top so it can skim the surface of the water scooping up little fish. They are fast movers, swooping across the water and a photo of them with beaks in the water was not gonna happen.

The flock we discovered taking a morning siesta was talking in little yips continuously to each other.

We couldn’t find their eyes so had to come back and check out the bird book and found them just in the black on their face.

Then there was the one who resembled your dog stretched out with his beak tucked into the sand. Looking for a serious nap.

Farmers

Posted by Caroline Hershey

We sold the farm and the sheep, parted with our llamas and guard dog, and took up residence on a very small portion of Chincoteague Island. You would think that all the farming would be far behind us, but I believe the saying is you can take the farmer off the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the farmer, or something like that. 

I always loved our garden on the farm with fresh veggies all summer long. Well, Dan has planted the herb garden right off the deck, complete with dill and I am in seventh heaven. On the farm, I always had to trudge to the garden for it. And now when I ask if the garden is full, he says, “for today.” And if he thinks of something else to plant, out comes the rototiller and another strip of the back yarn knuckles under.

So now we have blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, sugar peas, sugar snap peas, green beans, and I don’t think that’s all. Oh, and these bamboo teepees went up, they’re about 20 feet tall, and I’m like, what in the world? and it’s for the pole beans, of course. I think there’s a height limit on the Island, dear. At least it will give the neightbors something to talk about. He says no corn as we just go down the street to the best market and get the most scrumptious corn on the cob we’ve ever tasted. Every now and then I remind him that we need space for a play set for the grandchildren. Oh, and did I mention there’s a peach tree planted in the middle of it?

But anticipation is three-quarters of it. Look at the blooms on these peas.  Now, are they the hull peas, sugar snap peas, sugar peas? Who cares! Can’t wait!

Barbie Never Looked So Good

Posted by Caroline Hershey

After our Knit Lite Retreat when we explored I-cord, Laura took the technique and applied it to one of her favorite things – knitting Barbie clothes. From skirt to cape, Barbie never looked so good.

Look at those I-cord leg warmers. What fun!

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