Farming is a year-round venture. One might think that during winter, the equipment is put away, and the only tasks is to bring in wood to keep the wood stove burning hot. My regular readers might also think that I have been too busy with going to the theatre during the off-months, as I have been rather absent recently, and then I jam several shows into one review. Actually, while we have had a number of theatre weekends recently, I’ve been to busy outside trying to catch up on projects that we postponed for our Peru trip and then the holidays to have time to turn on the computer. So, we went away again this weekend…
But, our travels were for a good cause. A long-time friend had several life events to celebrate, which is her story so I will leave it at that. Thus, we headed to Virginia Beach. The nice part about driving 5 hours from the mountains to the beach is not just the sand, but the change in season. Could we complain about a sunny, 75F day at the end of March?
And, what could be better than going for a morning walk on the beach, only two blocks from our AirBnB cottage, to find a Kabota tractor chugging away at grading the beach. Makes a farm boy feel at home.
After breakfast, we caught up with our friends, with the agenda of going to a garden center. Oh boy, more yard art and plants to take home to decorate the yard (a Yoda style gargoyle, a rain gauge with thermometer, two Lenten Roses, a deciduous azalea, and daphnia). More holes to dig when we get home.
After lunch, we took a walk around the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. We had hoped that the azaleas would be in boom. A few were, but most would need a few more weeks. However, the camellias were drooping heavy with white, read, and pink flowers.
The cherries, red buds, crab-apples, and magnolias were open and scattering errant petals across the orchard floor with each breeze. Ah, Spring is here.
Oh, did I mention that we are predicted to have snow in the mountains this week?