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10:02 am: A hive of activity
It has been an eventful couple of weeks. I returned from Georgia on April 1 and got a chance to see all the changes in the month since I left. My dad had done a ton of work in the yard, including adding raised beds, laying down paving stones, constructing a grape arbor and several trellises, and building rustic log furniture out of the remains of an old maple tree that I cut down soon after moving into my house. (For reference, it used to look like this.)

He also worked on assembling my beehive. Once I get the combs installed inside, I'll move it out to the concrete pad where all the maple wood used to be. I would have done that this week, but it's been raining.

The wisteria and cherry tree are in full bloom, and the plum tree has a good number of baby fruit. In a couple of weeks, I'll be ready to harvest the spring potatoes and plant my summer crops. What I find quite exciting is that I planted a bunch of the seeds I collected from the potato fruit I picked last year, and now I have a pot full of baby potato seedlings. I'm looking forward to seeing what kinds of tubers they will produce.

I planted runner beans all along the chain fence so that they can climb it like a trellis. They should have pretty flowers in early summer.

Brooke arrived at the airport on Tuesday, and I spent the rest of the week walking her around and getting her accustomed to the place. She seems eager to get started.

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From:mangaroo
Date:April 10th, 2016 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Wow on the furniture. Your dad's skills are amazing.

I'm glad Brooke arrived safely. I hope she'll be a top-notch fruit detective!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 11th, 2016 03:56 am (UTC)
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Your dad's skills are amazing.

I think that every day.

I hope she'll be a top-notch fruit detective!

I hope so, too. It generally takes a new dog about two months to get into the full swing of things.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:April 11th, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
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Is Benny home with you already? I must have missed that. I'm in envy of your dad's skills!!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 11th, 2016 03:51 am (UTC)
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Is Benny home with you already?

His last day of work was March 5, after which I brought him home. I only got to spend one day helping him adjust before I had to leave on March 7 to get the new beagle.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 14th, 2016 04:01 pm (UTC)
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I thought I commented on this but I guess I...didn't?

Anyway, the rustic furniture your dad made is awesome! What a great use of that wood.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 16th, 2016 03:20 am (UTC)
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Anyway, the rustic furniture your dad made is awesome!

Thanks! I think it really adds to the yard.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 15th, 2016 09:18 am (UTC)

Hi from a UK Bertram: this might amuse you.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36041316
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 16th, 2016 03:19 am (UTC)

Re: Hi from a UK Bertram: this might amuse you.

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Interesting! We would consider finding all that meat to be a job well done.
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