I’ve learned what it’s like to get out of the habit of writing in this blog. For me, at least, just starting again has been excruciating. Â Part of the problemÂ is the first few paragraphs.Â I’ve been trying to invent a clever, or unique way of resuming, but there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do that’s novel, witty or delivers a satisfactory explanation as to why I’ve not added anything here since we were on the beach in Hoi An, Vietnam. I’ve been told that you should never, never apologize for not having written in a blog for quite some time. In fact, some particularly pathetic blogs are nothing but a series of these ‘O‑I’m-so-sorry-I-haven’t-written-lately’ posts. So there, no apologies.
OK, since I’m breaking a long, awkward silence at this table, I’m going to clear my throat and move the conversation back to you. So, what haveÂ youÂ been doing for the past 2 months, dear reader? Nothing much?
With no smiley equivalent of a shrug, I’m just going to pick up with the here and now, and probably will fill in some of the details about the past 10 weeks or so in due course.
So, from the here and now front… Today:
The Vandusen Garden Sale
Pam, a friend of ours and I all got up early this morning and drove down Oak street and parked about a block before the entrance. Before we got out of the car, there were 4–5 cars pulling in behind us along Oak! We got in line, and soon the rain started. About a half hour later, they opened the doors, and we all sloshed in, many folks with wagons, carts and baskets. For us, this year was herb year. We picked up some sweet basil, Thai basil, Rosemary, Vietnamese coriander and thyme. I’ll be cooking with most of that, and hopefully the herbs will grow all summer enough to keep up with my harvesting them. We found out at the checkout that anything edible (i.e. herbs) was tax-free! Note: Oddly enough, we learned that manure is also tax-free, although I have no idea why.
We were in and out within about 2 hours, and Pam is repotting some of the plants now. Good times.