Iris Season, the Turkey Returns, and a Knitting Update

Posted by mrssmythe on June 4, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, libraries, Museums, Week in Review |

It’s Iris season! The lovely specimens you see below are currently outside the Smith Museum in downtown Springfield.

Happily, I have irises growing in my own yard as well – though not in such spectacular profusion.

Here is a yellow “volunteer” that popped up out of nowhere last year. Now I have several along the driveway that greet me each time I get into the car.

And, here is a purple iris that is doing surprisingly well in its spot along the road…a challenging place for many things to grow, considering the salt and sand that get spread on the streets each winter.

Something else that’s doing well – this perennial geranium which was given to me by a woman at our church:

I moved it to the front yard last year, and it seems to really like its new location. That’s always gratifying – to have something actually thrive after you move it. Sadly, that’s not always the case…

In poultry news, the turkey has shaken off her broodiness (with a little help from CPT A, who finally refused to let her anywhere near her nesting spot). Here you see her hopping the fence after a foray into the neighbor’s yard. Have I mentioned before that we have extremely understanding neighbors? We do.

The turkey has slipped back into her role as guardian of the backyard flock and is putting on weight after losing an alarming amount during her broody spell. (If she had to choose between eating and brooding, she chose brooding, which took a toll on her figure.) Here you see the bulk of our flock dust bathing along the south fence. They’re big fans of the spot. It’s like a chicken spa.

In knitting news, I’m making good progress on my latest project – a fair isle vest that I hope to have ready by fall.

I’m really enjoying the work, but the going is slow – it takes me at least 15 minutes to go once around the sweater (300 stitches). If I can make it around twice in a sitting, I count it a productive session.

And, finally, I wanted to share some artwork I saw at the East Longmeadow library this evening:

The children’s department there is gearing up for its annual summer reading program, and this year, the theme is “Space”. Iย love these tissue paper stars, moons, and planets. They’re so colorful, and very pretty when the sun shines through them. Someone put a lot of work into them with excellent results!

From the dining room table, getting ready to pick up that fair isle vest project again…hopefully I can get once around before bed,

Mrs. Smythe

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  • Janie says:

    The turkey is beginning to visit me again, Deb walked out onto the deck Monday morning and was startled by the turkey on the railing. I donโ€™t know which one was more surprised!

    • mrssmythe says:

      Wow – that would be startling! Especially first thing in the morning. Last night, both the turkey and the guinea hen were perched on the fence, looking into your yard. They seem to find your garden fascinating. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tea lady says:

    Your sweater is amazing! It is so fun getting an update on your feathered friends!

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