Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tree Pants

A giant passed out in our driveway!!

A giant passed out in our driveway!!

Oh wait, its just some tree pants!

Oh wait, its just some tree pants!

Unicorn Barn

Unicorn Barn

Building blocks, au natural

Building blocks, au natural

Photogenic Dexie

Photogenic Dexie

Successful Bear Hunt

Successful Bear Hunt

Fun with a fallen tree

Fun with a fallen tree

This big dead tree has been looming over our cars for months. Relieved that Smoochie took it down before spring storm season!

This big dead tree has been looming over our cars for months. Relieved that Smoochie took it down before spring storm season!

Hanging out

Hanging out

These look so much like maps!

These look so much like maps!

View of the garden from the front deck

View of the garden from the front deck

All that dirt: full of possibilities!

All that dirt: full of possibilities!

Lemon Balm and Sorrel

Lemon Balm and Sorrel

Spy Garden 3.28.15

Spy Garden 3.28.15

A row of yellow wonder strawberries; I'm thinking of planting cukes among these.

A row of yellow wonder strawberries; I’m thinking of planting cukes among these.

Asparagus harvest coming soon!

Asparagus harvest coming soon!

I love our garden living room furniture (made by Smoochie)

I love our garden living room furniture (made by Smoochie)

Springy green grass!

Springy green grass!

Log Balance Beam

Log Balance Beam

Another view of the tree pants

Another view of the tree pants

Pants become shorts!

Pants become shorts!

And a few unrelated photos of the Missouri River at sunrise…

SO vibrant!

SO vibrant!

Pastel Sky

Pastel Sky

Happy Spring!

Spy Garden Slackline

Stretched between two trees

Stretched between two trees

Gibbon Slackline

Gibbon Slackline

It's very hard to do!

Its very hard to do!

Baby giving it a try...

Baby giving it a try…

Ready for tricks!

Ready for tricks!

This shot of me is completely serendipitous; I can't do this on demand!

This shot of me is completely serendipitous; I can’t do this on demand!

We love circus-y things in Spy Garden (click here to see us showing off more of our circus tricks). St. Louis has a wonderful circus arts school that offers many classes, including flying trapeze lessons (click here to check them out)! I am a proficient juggler, so naturally, juggling clubs while walking the slackline is coming soon. Ha! But for now, I’m happy to enjoy the tricks of the spring garden…

Buds on a plum tree

Buds on a plum tree

Voila! A lavender asparagus spear peaks through the dirt.

Voila! A lavender asparagus spear peaks through the dirt.

Lots of new growth on the blackberry bush

Lots of new growth on the blackberry bush

Hardneck Garlic

Hardneck Garlic

The teeniest of flowers popping up in the lawn

The teeniest of flowers popping up in the lawn

I planted this Great Burdock from seed last spring and it grew very slowly all season but popped up this spring and is growing like crazy!

I planted this Great Burdock from seed last spring and it grew very slowly all season but popped up this spring and is growing like crazy! Here are some ideas for cooking burdock roots.

Dexie Close-Up

Dexie Close-Up

Chalk

Chalk

Green Thumbs Up!

Green Thumbs Up!

Springing in Spy Garden

Hasta la Vista Eucalyptus (and old leaves)

Hasta la Vista Eucalyptus (and old leaves)

Wow! Now it looks like spring!

Wow! Now it looks like spring!

The two large shrubby plants at either end of this row are thyme; they've gotten so huge! I may move them as they are taking up a lot of prime real estate.

The two large shrubby plants at either end of this row are thyme; they’ve gotten so huge! I may move them as they are taking up a lot of prime real estate.

Burning the last of the leaves

Burning the last of the leaves

I think I will be growing pumpkins in this patch in a few months. For now it has: tulips, onions, love-in-a-mist flowers, red romaine and Monstreux de Viroflay spinach

I think I will be growing pumpkins in this patch in a few months. For now it has: tulips, onions, love-in-a-mist flowers, red romaine and Monstreux de Viroflay spinach

Tulips (soon!)

Tulips (soon!)

Spring light on an old tool, looking very bird-like to me

Spring light on an old tool, looking very bird-like to me

Thai red roselle seedling

Thai red roselle seedling

Fort (and see the seedlings in the window!)

Fort (and see the seedlings in the window!?)

Pretty Sorrel

Pretty Sorrel

New walking stick (made by Smoochie)

New walking stick (made by Smoochie)

In Squirrely Garden…

The blank canvas of soil...

The blank canvas of soil…

Is ready for planting!

Is ready for planting!

My kind of fun!

My kind of fun!

On the bulletin board in the dining hall

On the bulletin board in the dining hall

Baby checking out the seeds

Baby checking out the seeds

And springing around St. Louis…

Smoochie took the kids on a SIX mile hike last Sunday; SIX miles!

From their long hike in Babler State Park; posing next to an old gravestone in the woods

From their long hike in Babler State Park; posing next to an old gravestone in the woods

Aunt Alison (and Maggie) and Baby and I enjoyed a shorter hike in Castlewood this week

Aunt Alison (and Maggie) and Baby and I enjoyed a shorter hike in Castlewood this week

The view at Castlewood State Park

The view at Castlewood State Park

Kiefer Creek in Castlewood

Kiefer Creek in Castlewood

Baby next to a cool tree

Baby next to a cool tree

Look at that branch!

Look at that branch!

Love these...

Love these…

Horseshoe Tracks

Horseshoe Tracks

Ozark Ridge Riders

Ozark Ridge Riders

The other day Smoochie saw this sign/a bunch of riders with their horses and pulled over for the kids to get a closer look.

One woman was very friendly and let the kids hop on her horse for a few minutes!

One woman was very friendly and let the kids hop on her horse for a few minutes!

Baby loves horses (and so do I!)

Baby loves horses (and so do I!)

"Spladel" hahah see the Spy? This is from a free wrestling clinic at a local university.

“Spladel” hahah see the Spy? This is from a free wrestling clinic at a local university.

Baby, in green, in the garden on St. Patrick's Day

Baby, in green, in the garden on St. Patrick’s Day

Ahhh spring!

Ahhh spring!