I have been spending time outside instead, weeding and stringing some trellises for the tomatoes, string beans, and cucumbers. The romaine is providing us with many salads, but other than a handful of strawberries, there is nothing else ready. The Envy zinnias came up well, as did the sage I planted from seed. The hollyhocks I planted last year in front of the barn have just begun to bloom. The peonies are out and I managed to cut some before the rain and wind did their damage, putting my new-old enamelware pot to good use.
Both birdhouses on the pasture fence posts are home to two families--a blue bird couple and their babies in one, and a barn swallow couple and their eggs in the other. I haven't figured out what type of bird is in the last picture, so I should find my field guide which has been tucked away on the shelf for much too long...maybe tonight I can fit in a bit of reading,