First Harvest

Surprise! Attila left a surprise on the kitchen counter for me yesterday evening. Our first crop harvest for 2021. I immediately set to work, trimming, washing, dicing, making a pie filing, and then baking Rhubarb Squares using half of the diced Rhubarb. The other half was packaged in a labelled plastic bag and popped into the freezer.

It seems our wet spell is about to come to an end. It has rained every day for more than a week now, and the change will be welcome. More welcome still because 2000 litres of rain water wait patiently in the rain tanks, just waiting for a dry spell. Of course, it would be even better if we got enough rain every night to satisfy the garden, and enough sunshine every day to satisfy the garden, and we humans.

We decided to go for a walk in the spring rain last night. It was lovely. Usually if we go for a walk we have to contend with a continuous parade of careless people, who get too close, and are not wearing masks. The walk of fools. Walking in the rain wasn’t popular with anyone but us. It was a relaxing walk. I forgot to wear a hat, so Attila put my glasses in his pocket, as they were soon wet and murky. I wore my Cowichan sweater, and while it kept me totally dry, it was at least twice as heavy with rain when I took it off, as it had been when I put it on. This afternoon it had not completely dried. It was raining again, so off we went for another relaxing stroll, and I again forgot my hat, and wore my Cowichan sweater. My hat is now hanging by the door! I will put my sweater out on the back porch to dry tomorrow, in the promised sunshine.



Updated on Wed, May 5, 6:45 PM
12 °C
Light rain
Wind 9 NW km/h
Humidity 79 %
Visibility 15 km
Sunrise 5:53 AM
Wind gust 13 km/h
Pressure 100.8 kPa
Ceiling 1100 m
Sunset 8:16 PM


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“In The Promised Sunshine” — this would be a good name for a book.

Joan Lansberry

I bet the rhubarb is tasty! Enjoy your promised sunshine!


Hi Maggie: I have now proven that having an iPhone available, while I am working on the iPad, is very valuable. I had no clue what a Cowichan sweater was…now, I know it is a sheep fiber! I love, love, love rhubarb….I can only find it here, frozen, in some of our higher classed grocery stores. I have a niece in Omaha, Nebraska who weaves her own yarn from all types of fibers….rabbit fur, sheep, and goats! She definitely was born in the wrong century. But, I enjoyed watching her with her spinning wheel. Speaking of rain, we are in the middle of quite the thunder storm…with large hail. So far, we have received 6+ inches this May. And it barely made it to 60 degrees today. I have been researching private pay nursing services for a friend’s Mom. What a headache. There are over 200 such agencies just in our small 15 mile radius. And, unless the agencies are licensed for Medicare and Medicaid, there isn’t a lot of info on line about the private agencies. Your walks sound great…even though you got soaked. I have to agree with you….it was not Atilla’s fault! I love rain/ storms…but can’t stand high wind, and tornado warnings. I long for the days when I could easily walk my 2 1/2 miles…we have a wonderful walking trail
through a beautiful wooded area just up the street from where we live. Who knows? Maybe some day, huh? Take care my friend…sending warm thoughts. xxoo margarett