Before you worry, I'm not leaving Dave for an Ashland beau - my new love is a bicycle! I've been bike-shopping for a while, and yesterday I found the one. It's a Giant and it's a pretty mint colour.
We went for a bike ride along the Bear Creek Greenway this morning and ended up at Blue Heron Park. It's a beautiful 17 mile-long walking and cycling trail that runs along the creek. Apparently I rode 14 miles rather effortlessly on my new bike - I'm in love!
There is a community garden at the park as well, so of course we had to check it out. They have ripe tomatoes here, and can get three crops of beets in a season!
Tomorrow we head south to Gilroy, CA, after a great three days here in Ashland. We've seen two fantastic plays and head to a third one tonight. The weather has been lovely and hot, and we're enjoying ourselves.
I just finished reading an amazing book. It's called Born on a Blue Day, and it's written by Daniel Tammett. He's a young man with high functioning Asperger's, and it's a fascinating look at how his mind works. I highly recommend it!
Yesterday we met our friends Joe and Jan in Bellingham. They were coming to the end of a two-week boat trip through the Gulf Islands, and we had lunch on board with them followed by a tour of the Bellingham harbour.
Joe and Jan are sockworthy (definition available upon request), and we had a new pair of socks for each of them.
We got a close-up look at the dry dock, which had intrigued us from a distance in the past. It's actually a giant barge:
We even got to see the 'sphinx' up close that has been intriguing Bellingham residents as well as the two of us. It's the scaffolding and protective layer built around a ship being sandblasted.
Dave got to play the skipper for a bit, complete with a 'parrot' on his shoulder (actually a Canada Goose, complete with sound effects!).
We got to pose together at the wheel, but only after we were tied back up at the wharf!
Here is Bob, the actual skipper, and co-owner of the lovely Shanti.
Here is the sketchbook page-spread I came up with today for my art class. We're supposed to not over-think things, and to push a bit outside of our comfort zone, so I'm working on it. It helps to be working in a sketchbook, rather than on a canvas or something, which helps make the process less intimidating.
Meanwhile the tomato plants are growing like crazy with the warm weather and sunshine we've been having. The tall one on the right comes up to my eye-level! Fruit has finally begun to set these past few days as well, which is a relief. Tomato plants aren't much good without tomatoes!
For the last four seasons we've had a garden plot in central Surrey. This year we committed to it before finding out we got in to a garden nearer to home (after a five year wait!), so we are transitioning out of this plot by sharing with a friend.
The empty-looking area in the middle is where the garlic recently got pulled from. We now have some cauliflower and broccoli seedlings in there in the hopes of a late fall harvest. The kale in the front is freshly shorn, so it looks a bit bare.
The few from the other end - you can see the peas and carrots.
A neighbouring garden - we love the central path they built form the stones they removed from the planting areas:
A weeding hoe that another gardener fashioned from a bamboo pole and some wire. It has a very long reach and is completely repurposed. It's fun to get to see the resourcefulness of fellow gardeners.
An ambitious planting of kale in another plot - these people must be seriously into their greens!
One of these days I'll remember to take a picture of the socks I'm working on, too!