Wetland Garden

This is where my garden is about to be installed. I had dump trucks scheduled to deliver soil this week but cancelled the order due to heavy rains. I’ve considered alternatives to a traditional garden, like filling flat boats with soil and using them as giant planter boxes…

Or I could grow rice. Or crawfish.

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Early Spring

Since winter wasn’t too bad this year the signs of spring appeared in late January with bursts of clover and yellow wildflowers. All throughout February the patches grew larger, undeterred by winter’s weak attempts to get below 40 degree here. By Mardi Gras my blueberry bush was full of flowers…

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And the yard was full of these… 

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In other news, someone down the highway is building a structure that appears to be expecting snow.

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Got a visit from the neighbors across the street too. I’ve never been this close to a bull before, but I pondered that literally grabbing the bull by the horns and bull shit seem like a bad idea all around. 

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Finally, I do venture into “the city” almost every day (that treacherous trek of twenty minutes), and sometimes I even stop to indulge in things like espresso. I’m slightly obsessed with coffee. No, really.

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Speaking of Mardi Gras, I did attend a few parades. Reluctantly. The kids made me. 

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Our Neighbor Percy

Our neighbor Percy loves to give rides to kids. He’s really sweet and sometimes he and his stablemate Marlon come hang out and nibble the clover. You can book a ride with him at Good Horse LLC.

First Horse Ride

Suiting up for the ride.

First Horse Ride

Now that’s a happy 5-year-old.

First Horse Ride

And this is a happy 7-year-old.

Side note: I discovered that photographing kids with low-brimmed helmets on their heads is difficult indeed. These are the only shots I managed to get without big shadows on their eyes. Ah well, still learning!

First Horse Ride

Of course, afterwards they asked me if they could get a horse. You know, like “can we get a puppy.” *gasp* No, I’ll stick to gardening. We’ll be doing all our horse riding at Mr Percy’s house.

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Winter Walks

We take a lot of walks when the weather’s like this. (Also, honey, I think the kids are mocking us.)

Winter Afternoon Levee Stroll

Lower Coast farms…

Delacroix Road

Our neighbors are so quiet. This guy especially.

My Neighbor

This is sitting on the river batture. It’s only visible in winter when the underbrush is dead.

Abandoned on Mississippi River Batture

Fancy a swim? This is on Patterson Road. Not sure what it was. Attached buildings look commercial.

Abandoned on Patterson Road

Moo. This is across the street from my house. These guys are loud.

Cow Pasture on Patterson Road

Thought of Prairie des Femmes when I took this pic.

Mary

Spring is near. The Red Maples say so.

Red Maple in January

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Finally, my dear Q found this on his run yesterday. It’s on the river side of Patterson Rd (the river road). Wonder if this fixer-upper is for sale.

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The Road

When we tell you not to drive off of the road we’re not kidding…

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But we totally understand why you’d think getting away from it is a good idea…