Saturday, May 14, 2011

What A Difference A Day Makes

I'm fairly certain Dinah Washington was singing about farming and not some man.

"What a difference a day makes,
Twenty-four little hours.
Brought the sun and the flowers,
Where there used to be rain."

In only a week, we've managed to finish the greenhouse and get the building inspection approval; direct seed our first crop of radishes, arugula, spinach, carrots, and peas; transplant broccoli and lettuce seedlings; seed all of the melons, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, and zucchinis; and today, to my surprise, I noticed a few zucchini seedlings pushing their way through the potting soil, after only three days of germination.  Seeing the soil cracked open with the seed erupting out from it's strong little root, almost made me forget about the crack to my head I received yesterday when rolling up the sides of the greenhouse.
I accidentally let go of the bar which holds the roll-up in place and it came around and hit me in the back of the skull so hard, I saw stars for a brief moment.  My first concussion of the season!  You should see Jonny's hands; we've already gone through a box of bandages and far too many finger condoms for it being only May.

I have to thank the sun for all of this progress.  It was she who allowed us to get our tractor into the fields to cultivate, rototill, rake and then plant.  Her warmth kept my cucurbits from rotting!  Oh, how I love the sunshine.

Today is the first rainy day in a week and we welcome it with open arms (and bandaged hands, bruised skulls, etc).  The seeds will start to germinate outside and the transplants will take, for soon we will have enough veg to take to the market.

Since I'm both farmer and musician, I'd love to know what you're listening to - new, old, whatever.  Raking, weeding, planting, and seeding are so much more relaxing when done to good music.

Driving around for supplies yesterday, I listened to the album Blowout Comb by Digable Planets.  Chill, groovy - good driving tunes.  Raking the beds, I listened to a playlist I created featuring a few goodies: Bob Marley's 'Is This Love' sung by Corinne Bailey Rae, 'Can You Get To That' by Funkadelic, 'Why Can't There Be Love' by Dee Edwards, 'Wikked Lil' Grrrls' by Esthero, and 'Work' by one of my favourite bands (also friends of mine) Mermen Attack!

I'm always looking for new music - do share!
Happy Weekend!
Daizy

1 comment:

  1. So glad to rediscover your blog! I didn't realise that you were a musician. Lately, I've been listening to Gaetan Roussel's album "Ginger". I love the hand clapping in the song "Dis-moi encore que tu m'aimes". At the opposite end of the spectrum, Angèle Dubeau's "Arvo Part: portrait" is an incredible interpretation or that composer's work. Not sure quite what you are looking for... But as you mention driving tunes, there is a wonderful Portuguese rendition of "Hit the Road, Jack" by Mo Horizon. Enjoy!So glad to rediscover your blog! I didn't realise that you were a musician. Lately, I've been listening to Gaetan Roussel's album "Ginger". I love the hand clapping in the song "Dis-moi encore que tu m'aimes". At the opposite end of the spectrum, Angèle Dubeau's "Arvo Part: portrait" is an incredible interpretation or that composer's work. Not sure quite what you are looking for... But as you mention driving tunes, there is a wonderful Portuguese rendition of "Hit the Road, Jack" by Mo Horizon. Enjoy!

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