Okay, maybe not an Ice Bucket Challenge, but just me dumping water on my youngest brother. As you can probably tell, by the time we were this age, we didn’t really fit in the pool anymore, so we mostly had epic water fights instead.
7/3/1814: V:30. At several Churches. Visit from the Intendant. Evening walk with Russell. Saw a Balloon rise and fall.
— John Quincy Adams (@JQAdams_MHS) July 3, 2014
I find the mention of the balloon interesting. How many of us would bother to comment on this in our diaries today? But in JQA’s day, this was probably akin to what a Space Shuttle or other rocket launch is for us.
Ballooning had been around for about 30 years in 1814, so it wasn’t entirely new, but it wasn’t an everyday event. I think hot air balloons (in Adams’ case, it may have been filled with gas) are still novel enough that we stop & point them out when we see them (at least I do) but they’re probably not noteworthy enough to be one of the main things we mark down about our day.
It’s Fairy Day, so I thought I’d share our fairy garden, with a few additions since last year (wine and cheese!).
I’m not sure what’s going on with the suspicious-looking gnome in the bushes, though…
Jane Austen’s House Museum posted this picture of Jane’s garden yesterday. I don’t think it’s too much to aim at making my backyard look similar. I’m not really hooked on the hedges, but those deep flower borders make me sigh.
The photo reminds me that when I visited England in 1996, this garden was one of the places that made me wish I had more time to just sit and soak it all in. Here are few pictures of the garden I took then:
You can find more pictures of the house in my Flickr account.
Apparently, yesterday was the day all the baby robins near my house were given their eviction orders. I found this little guy pouting on my hose bucket. I spotted one or two others in the yard, but he’s the only one who would pose for pictures.
The yard may look like this today…
…but there are signs of spring here and there.
I am sooo ready for spring to really get here! I’m tired of being indoors so much. I want time working in the yard and relaxing on the deck.
Okay, I’m off to find one of those multi-hour videos of meadows or forests or something to fool my psyche for the day.