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2019 Newsletter 21-It’s Getting Hot in Here!

2019 Newsletter 21-It’s Getting Hot in Here!

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I remember another course at the UW that had a great influence on my life. The professor wanted to provide us with new insights about nature and people’s connection to it. One of the best ways for students to experience this was simply by spending time outdoors, sitting in quiet awareness. By visiting the same place in nature many times, a relationship is developed; you get to know the place in all kinds of weather, many times of day, throughout the seasons. In fact, our whole grade was to be determined by the four papers we wrote about our chosen spot. We had to pick a spot, sit still for one hour each month, and write our papers.
I found a spot in a park that overlooked a stream. I could also see into the backyard of a home that had bird feeders. I think God directed me to this perfect spot. Even though I have tried, I have never been able to find this spot again.
These were a few of my observations:
Winter: Snow, ice, running water, and the sounds. The rabbits, birds, and squirrels- all interacting, just trying to survive the winter. The sheer cold after sitting still an hour.
Late Winter: The snow beginning to melt, the swelling of buds, different birds, the different sounds.
Early Spring: Most of the snow gone, the creek running high, the different sounds. The animals all seemed a little happier.  A few flowers peaking out.
Late Spring: Trees leafing out, many spring flowers, everything just a beehive of activity. The creek was slowing down.
Obviously, I have just touched on what I saw and my papers had more detail. These days, I have a much greater respect for nature and how things work together. But most certainly, I am not sure how anyone BUT God could have figured it all out! Life all works in such harmony.
Until next time, go plant some!
Ed
Garden Center Feature
POLLINATOR PLANTERS
Saturday, June 1
PLANTING FOR POLLINATORS
SAT & SUN June 1-2
MAKE & TAKE CONTAINERS
“Why do potatoes make good detectives?”
They keep their eyes peeled.
What do you call a grumpy and short-tempered gardener?”
A Snapdragon
Lime Basil Pie
Citrus pies are refreshing on a sunny day. This one from the “Taste of Home” blog is no exception. It has a lovely, creamy texture and balances the flavours of lime and basil.
Ingredients:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat Cream Cheese
  • 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 tablespoon grated Lime Zest
  • 1/2 cup Lime Juice
  • 2 large Egg Yolks
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh Basil
  • 1 8 inch Graham Cracker crust 
  • Whipped Cream/Creme Fraiche, optional

 

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