Friday, May 09, 2008

Fast Times

(Update: why tomatoes go quickly once they turn...)

Maybe it's me, swamped at the office and ferrying the kids around to uncounted activities, or maybe it's life in the warm South, but hasn't the spring sprung past us in a hurry?

My "new" Harris hawk is about a year old; and just two months after dropping his first tail feather, today he dropped his 12th, the last of the brown ones. Already his tail is mostly full and jet black. His body is mostly black. He looks like someone else's old hawk sitting in my mews.

Where did little Ernie go? Where does the time go?

My kids went to a tea party tonight, a catered affair at an old plantation house on Highland Road. We dropped them off. They wore summer dresses and nice shoes. Several of the other girls wore their white gloves. When the hell that that start to happen?

In the last of the evening light I checked my tiny garden for late-feeding hornworms and other weeds. I grabbed a couple pictures to contrast with the last installment, just a little more than a month ago.

Amazing. We've been eating peppers and basil for several weeks already, and this week pulled the first tomatoes. The world is spinning faster.


John Carlson said...

It might snow here this weekend Matt! Tomatoes and basil - still a couple months away for me but I can't wait. Thanks for the "taste"

Matt Mullenix said...

John, come on down. We'll save you some.

Steve Bodio said...

We barely have sprouts-- because of altitude more like John's.

Henry Chappell said...

I'm envious. My plants are doing nicely, but I'm still weeks away from picking tomatoes. I like the way you've arranged your beds. I wonder if the chain link could serve as a lattice for pole beans.

Matt Mullenix said...

Henry I think chain link would be great for beans. But you'd need easy access to the back side of the fence to harvest half your crop. :-)

Heidi the Hick said...

Man, we haven't even started planting here!

At least it's really spring now.