We’re getting ready for summer, putting the finishing touches to learning programs that might – or might not! – engage young minds through the long hot days ahead. See photo below for long hot summer days preview:

Oh. Or chilly misty mornings, but we’re getting ready for summer take off!

It will warm up, then even more mist will appear, as it does during the summer months here. Our time in the school garden has been going well, with bursts of colour inside the greenhouse making up for the occasional damp and chilly mornings. It’s humid in there, and the nasturtiums seem to like it!

We like the sultry heat! And we’re good to eat!

The beds of kale are a big hit with the young gardeners I accompany. Young ones don’t like greens? Not true, especially if they’ve a hand (or foot or two) in the original planting. Kale grows quickly, and it has to the way it is being grazed by hungry gardeners. Do you like kale? Kale, yeah!

Kale yeah, we like it!

I’m not much of a gardener, or haven’t been in the past, beyond a vegetable patch when we’ve lived in sunnier spots. It’s been fun to learn alongside the budding farmers and growers, figuring out what grows where, or when to plant for best results in a less sunny climate and shortish growing season. Not everything works, but we’ve plotted carefully, and our tactics mostly pay off. You can’t eat laughter, but it’s a different kind of nourishment, and this makes my day every time.

Summer is hiding around here somewhere…

Looking forward to summer? Kale, yeah! Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

One more burst of colour!

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      1. Good for you Adam! You must be thrilled!
        They are amazing to see! Each one as unique as each of us. Getting to know them in their own way is where the beauty lies.
        Do you carry binocs?


      2. This was in a spot I often see a bear, at least, in previous years, so it was a relief to see one this time, on the outskirts of Hitacu. I don’t always carry binocs – I really should more often, especially along the shore one side or the other. There’s usually a foraging bear shaped dot to be seen!


      3. Definitely good eats. It’s a great little tidal spot off the main inlet, relatively sheltered and away from the road into Hitacu.
        You’d have to remind me about identifying the differences between male and female bears – at least, when there aren’t any cubs nearby, and then I make myself super scarce!


  1. Kale Yeah! Like that. Even I am planting a garden in a 3 ft by 3 ft raised planter box in the back of the senior’s residence that I live in, as well as at my church. lettuce, peas, corn and beets. Good luck!


  2. Such a positive beginning looking forward to summer and then you had to throw in the kale!! I really believe I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy more fruits and vegetables these last few months than I have in my lifetime and I firmly believe it has somehow affected my taste buds to the point that pizza no longer tastes as good. Loved your words about laughter and hope you guys have a wonderful summer vacation!


    1. The pizza just needs a little kale…
      Yes, we’re looking forward to summer – not taking any time off, but taking it a bit slower, with no school school, and instead a range of programs to keep me, I mean, youth, happy through July and August.
      I hope your week is going well. Just add kale.

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