Beau October 21st, 2008
Last Friday we went to a fun night for families at the elementary school. It was great seeing the kids go crazy, and enjoy some silly activities. They even had a mini-petting zoo with a cute “pile-o-piglets.” These little guys were pretty tuckered out from all the attention. It would be neat to raise some pigs as Ron’s family has done this year, but I’m not so sure we could, uh, invite them to dinner if you know what I mean!
It has been wonderful weather outside, and a chance to get a lot done. Of course it’s nice to just enjoy the outdoors as well, and after school yesterday we jumped in a little paddleboat on the pond. The boy loved paddling around collecting leaves, while the basset hound followed around the shoreline going “Bowwooo!” We saw a few of our large Koi swimming around. There should be five in the pond, but we’ve only seen four recently… we call this one “Orangey.” I’m not sure how big they’ll get, but compared to those oak leaves this one is really growing. I’ve heard they can live for decades.
The big garden news: After planting 3-4 watermelon starts and watching dozens of vines grow and flowers bloom this year, we finally have our ** ONE ** watermelon for the year. Yipee! I don’t know why the plants didn’t set more fruit… they were in full sun and really nice soil. We’ll see how this one ripens before we try it. Our pumpkins didn’t set this year either. Maybe it was too much rain?
But the tomatoes are doing great- and I put up another 3 quarts of spaghetti sauce. We’ve got enough green tomatoes on the plants still for another 3-4 quarts of sauce, but I may have to pick them all before we get our first frost. For now we’re enjoying cool nights and warm days. The frost can just stay away, thank you very much!
For the bug aficianados out there, here’s blue and black butterfly of some kind. I thought it was a swallowtail of some type, but can’t quite identify it. ***Update*** Beetle Doc was kind enough to tell us this is a “Red-Spotted Purple” butterfly. That’s what I was going to say! Not… :)
And here’s a Comma butterfly, or maybe a Question Mark (yes, that’s a butterfly name!). It’s the first one I’ve seen here.
Okay, one more bug today. This little thing is really strange. It’s a wood wasp of some type I think, and was flying along just above the ground. It’s about 2 inches long! That long part is normally an ovipositor for laying eggs. But again, I tried and was not able to identify it. Anyone? The wings are a blur as it is flying along in this picture. *** Update *** Beetle Doc got this one right too! It’s an Ichnuemonid wasp, and lays eggs into larvae of beetles, caterpillars and other wasps using that long ovipositor. Strange critter…