The beautiful weather has encouraged outdoor time. The peach tree that needed pruning was done.
But what a mess is there to clean up now. This tree won’t produce this year, but when it does next year, we will be able to reach the fruit.
The help wasn’t too helpful, though they did seem to enjoy the supervised free range time, foraging for bugs and seeds around the outside of the gardens and under where branches were falling.
Yesterday again dawned a near summer day, laundry was started with the idea of hanging it out on the drying rack, but hubby suggested a day trip to recalculate the mileage on a circuit that he had submitted as a potential ride for the regional Harley Davidson rally in June. He also wanted to check for restaurants at the near halfway point that would accommodate parking a dozen motorcycles and seating their riders plus some passengers. Though the day was nice enough for a ride, this passenger is only in a closed vehicle on 4 wheels, so the day trip was taken in the car. Restaurants other than fast food were hard to come by, a local pizza place, a Mexican place, and a Chinese place. The Mexican was a possibility, the Chinese place didn’t look like it could handle that many folks. We tried the pizza place and ate their pizza and salad bar buffet. It wasn’t great by any means and costs about $8 each, so for what we ate, was fairly expensive. The halfway point town is an example of how humanity can take a beautiful spot and make it ugly. Generally, the old downtown areas of the small towns are nice, not so this one. The focus of the ride is a road of steep switchbacks called the Back of the Dragon and even with the bare trees, or maybe because of them, the views were stunning, watching the ridge undulate ahead and behind us and looking down into the valley farms. Though this is only 80 road miles from us, much closer as the crow flies, the contouring of the slopes is much different than here. Perhaps due to heavier glacial activity?
Needless to say, the laundry ended up in the dryer, but did get done before the sheets and quilt were needed last night. The daytime temperatures have been in the upper 60’s, yesterday in the 70’s, but it is clear and cooling back to the 30’s at night. Today is another beautiful day, the peach tree mess is still calling for attention. The lopers and saw will be hauled back out and the branches cut into woodstove lengths to use for kindling next winter.