Sunday at noon just after a wave of heavier rain appeared to have passed on the radar, we threw on our rain jackets and headed out for a just-under-four-mile walk of the neighborhood. We found out just how lacking our rain gear is. My 35-year old rain jacket kind of keeps the water off but really does let it soak through and Ann borrowed a wind jacket from Carter; ditto for that. It was one of those misty rains that when you're out hiking, you have to decide whether it is worse to sweat under rain gear or just leave the stuff off and let the rain wet you. It was about 55 degrees out, so not that cold, but after 75 minutes, we were ready for hot showers.
Although the neighborhood is mostly urban, there are some undeveloped parts especially along the creeks that feed into Opequon Creek and then quickly into the Shenandoah River. I was surprised at the number and types of flowers in bloom. We saw a single black locust tree in bloom (those in our yard are not open yet) and I picked some blooms to munch on. I like their green pea x honey flavor. Oxe-eye daisies are also starting to open, but not in our yard. Rafts of blackberries are everywhere. Lots of purple clover is poking out of the grass here and there.
|Sweet Yellow Clover|
|Penstemon laevigatus, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue|
|Sage, Thyme, and Rosemary in the Bouquet Garni|
|Final Product (with Sambal on Top)|