October 7th, 2008

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Nose to the Grindstone

4128 words today so far.

Marshals, yeoman-marshals, funny smells, colors that clash, and way too much to do in one morning.   The cook doesn't want to do laundry.  The guys in the escort are not expert at grooming horses for fancy occasions ("How do you braid a mane?")  Good help is hard to find in a city full of people far more interested in a holiday than a new job.  The life of a peer of the realm is not always satin and lace and tea at four.

Especially not the life of a peer who wasn't brought up to be one.

If Instant Messaging existed in that universe (and thank heavens it doesn't!)  Dorrin and Kieri might spend too much time sharing stories.

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

80 acres: work and small beauties

After the morning's writing, I went out on the tractor to mow.   A cold front brought 0.3 inches of rain last night--less than a tenth of what we need, but we'll take every drop.  The cold front also brought dryer air and a strong wind. 

I spent three-plus hours on the tractor, which explains my hip and back discomfort (being restrained about it) and among the beauties seen while mowing were migrating monarch butterflies (orange and gold when seen flying on such a day) and gayfeather--a Liatris species that puts up dense spikes of intensely magenta flowers in the fall.  Put those to together and you get this: 


The intense magenta with intensely orange-and-gold butterflies flitting round it is...stunning.   However, with the wind blowing the stems back and forth, the butterflies fluttering trying to keep their balance on the bobbing stems, and the vibration of the tractor I was sitting on, image quality isn't perfect.

Also in bloom were goldenrod (just past peak), Maximilian sunflower, pitcher sage (sky blue, and well past peak but a few still showing) and a white aster (heath aster--tiny snow-white flowers in a mass, usually tucked up next to Maximilian sunflowers.) 

All of these have increased with our management, and good for multiple classes of wildlife.