Bouquet from my Honey Perfume rose bush
Wanted: good home for crowing rooster. At least he waited till 5:38 a.m. this morning. He has exercised his vocal chords as early as 5:15. My daughters and my house guests have all slept through his morning serenades, somehow. But I’m afraid to ask the neighbors.
I am finding my little packets of sleep – interrupted by, say, a daughter going out at 10:30 p.m. or coming home at 2 a.m., or my husband leaving for work at 3:30 a.m., or birds ratcheting up at 4:30 a.m. – to be less than adequate for full mental alertness.
But I did have a nice technicolor dream during my little packet of sleep between 5:45 a.m. and 7:41 a.m. this morning when my rooster-awakened, early bird husband could no longer refrain from coming into the bedroom for a pair of socks or something. I had gone to Japan on a ship and was riding through the countryside on a train. Pretty red deer were on the hillsides next to the tracks, and at the station there was a strange and beautiful creature half monkey-half fox, with lush red fur and a bushy tail, sitting on a picnic table, watching us get off the train, perhaps waiting to be fed by tourists.
Yesterday at the Exeter Farmers’ Market, I bought a whole chicken, peppercorn-fennel sausage, and ground beef using my meat CSA with New Roots Farm. Also bought a few bottles of Jewell Towne wine – must give the owner a call today with a few questions for my article.
Overheard at the farmers’ market: “Are you coming to my kombucha party?”
One man was selling eggs from free-range chickens and I asked him how he kept the foxes away. “I lose 10% of my chickens.” Also, as a fox deterrent, he set up speakers and he plays classical music in his fields.
The crops for sale were beautiful and green, the flower bouquets lovely, but the most eye-catching sight was little girls dressed in colonial garb – long skirts, straw hats – walking sweetly and primly, antiquely obedient, through the market with their baskets in hand. They are attending a roleplaying camp at the American Independence Museum and will be on hand during the upcoming Independence festival in Exeter.
Bonus from my bookmarks: things that recently made me smile
snopes: Dear Rich Bastard. TRUE
Iowahawk: DNC scientists disprove existence of Roberts’ taxon
Jeremy Clarkson on: driving
The Credible Hulk