Tuesday, August 10, 2010

a different kind of August

 

 

all the vegetables are still on Pause but ~
other things flourish...
this is the eldest garden toad and this is
the toad spa which has never before grown such lush algae
the cicadas sing day and night and there are many more
butterflies than i ever remember.
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27 comments:

Jacky said...

How I would love to sit in your garden and hear the cicada's sing.
Love your old toad.

Jacky xox

Mo'a said...

Hello Grace,what a great photo of your friend Mr. Toad. He looks like he might be related to Luke the fat Lizard :)
I love the sound of cicadas.

deanna7trees said...

oh that toad is mahvelous...he looks like he has many stories to tell.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

MO'A!!!...yes...i actually thought
of Luke when i was noticing how
uh, buff he is this year. this
is such a different year. i guess here too there are 17 year cicada
events...they ordinarily sing only
at night (in Michigan, in the day)
but this time, day and night.
I am GLAD you came by!!!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deanna..it's really interesting
that toads have a "territory".
so much to know in this life....

Suzanna said...

Mr. Toad has quite a look of um...gruff satisfaction, I think. You have such a good welcoming place for all the creatures! My latest visitor was a midnight possum...

nandas said...

i love the spa... i would love to have apiece of fabric that looked like that!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

nandas.. eee, hmmm, hadn't thought
of that. am going to put a small
piece of muslin in there. see
what happens.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

suzanna...they can be crabby

Marti said...

Mossy algae guarded over by elder toad. Good guardian. Here, missing TN eastern box turtle that appeared last summer. Rabbits, voles, yellow finch, butterflies, honey bees and in the early morning mist, the web spinners. Seems like the cicada song is louder this year than in the past, more cicadas, more honeybees but still missing that ole turtle. This morning, deep honking, Canadian geese in formation, autumn is slowly making her presence known which given the 100+ days with the 500+ humidity, is a longed for gift.

twhIch aye said...

ohhh i can imagine your garden so well. i think i will come and sit in that chair for awhile. :)

Joanie Hoffman said...

The toad looks grumpy but wise to me.
The cicadas are so very loud this year in Maryland. The dogs & I howl with them sometimes.
Happy days!

nandas said...

pre mordant your cloth before you put it in the spa... then you could pond in some rose petals... will the spade toads ever come up?

nandas said...

i meant pound... not pond... but your spa is like a pond.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

nandas..i would worry the mordant
would change the eco system of
the spa...might not be good for
the toads. they go in and out
a lot.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

marti...geese already??????
oh, eee.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

joanie..was over at your blog...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

twhich...glad you are surfacing
and thanks for all your comments.
life is full.
shine on..............

Anonymous said...

grace, love your toad, and spa.i answered your post about the sauce. come on up for a visit. we have a big fair coming up in sept. i love fairs. i am a qypsy at heart. we would have fun i bet. raven

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

raven...i wish. just for the sauce.

nandas said...

i suppose you could mordant afterwards... wouldn't it be great if you got some frog footprints?

Deb G said...

It's a very strange August, very strange summer. The toad is beautiful. Regarding the elderberry leaves, I suspect it would be similar. Worth a try!

Susan said...

Hello Grace! Of course my boys loved seeing the toad - and the little pond you have created for him is lovely - flower petals floating and all!

Karen Turner said...

Oh, lucky you! No toads here, although we have had many bees and butterflies this summer. Your garden looks delightful.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

toads are family

Kathy said...

Cicadas are singing here in Michigan. Tomatoes ripening as I watch.
I let Lou go last week. So quiet without his trills and questions - but better for him. Miss Moxie staying close to home. I'm glad.
Looking to the Toad Moon.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

"fly away", Lou ~.~
it is to me the best month for
coming in and going out.
i will keep all of you in my
heart the next days...
love, g