It sprinkled a little last night but stopped just in time for me to walk to the library and pharmacy after work. I love days like that. The rain refreshes the earth, and as the sun peaks out from behind the clouds everything has a very lively glow.
I planted a pot garden several weeks ago…wait, that doesn’t sound right! I planted a garden in clay pots several weeks ago. (Much better.) When I came home from the library, I stopped to check on my little plants and found to my delight that one of my banana peppers is coming in! You can see it there in the pink pot. I also have tomatoes and five different herbs. Some of them are on my porch. I wasn’t sure if these would make it or not because several days after transplanting, they were not looking so good. The little guys are strong though, and now all of my plants are looking healthy and green!
While at the library, I picked up my book for Book Club–Saturday by Ian McEwan. I haven’t started yet, so I have nothing to say for the book. I also picked up two books by Wendell Berry. He’s a Kentucky author I have been wanting to read for some time. His works include novels, essay collections, and poetry. Here’s a little quote from Another Turn of the Crank to give you an idea of what Mr. Berry is writing of in the two books I picked up.“The survival of farmers, then, depends upon two complementary efforts. The first is entirely up to the farmers, who must learn–or learn again–to farm in ways that minimize their dependence on industrial supplies. They must diversify, using both plants and animals. They must produce, on their farms, as much of the required fertility and energy as they can. So far as they can, they must replace purchased goods and services with natural health and diversity and with their own intelligence. . . . If farmers do not wish to cooperate any longer in their own destruction, then they will have to reduce their dependence on those global economic forces that intend and approve and profit from the destruction of farmers, and they will have to increase their dependence on local nature and local intelligence. “The second effort involves cooperation between local farmers and local consumers. If farmers hope to exercise any control over their markets, in a time when a global economy and global transportation make it possible for the products of any region to be undersold by the products of any other region, then they will have to look to local markets. The long broken connections between towns and cities and their surrounding landscapes will have to be restored.”