My wife and I like to walk. When we walk we love to look at other people’s gardens and the curious things in the neighborhood. We admire their annuals and perennials, their vegetables and herbs, and fruit trees – and their crab tanks. This is blue crab country, and some significant fraction of the economy revolves around the blue crab. Then we come home from our walk and conclude just as we began, by walking through our own garden. So here are a few photos of gardens from our walks, ending with our not-so-visually-spectacular-but-tasty garden. I’ve added a few shots from this morning’s day sail because, you know, the blog is about sailing…
Our walk takes us by the water on the bay-side of the peninsula we live on. This sea nettle, photographed above, represents the millions that fill the bay this time of year, and spoil swimming that would be so refreshing in the oppressive heat. Their sting is uncomfortable, but not dangerous. Benadryl Cream helps a lot, as does baking soda or even tobacco applied to the affected area.
Pictured above is a holding tank where the fishermen hold crabs that are about to molt. As soon as they do, they are separated from the rest of the crabs. Then a half hour later, they are placed in a refrigerator to be kept alive until delivered to the market or restaurant and sold.
We grow more herbs than flowers – thyme, basil, sage, mint, parsley, chives – and a few vegetables: tomatoes, lettuces, arugula. This spring we had a fantastic crop of strawberries. Those tall stalks in back are hollyhocks, and are about through blooming. The flowers you can see are zinnias.
We sailed today too. We got under weigh about 0845 and were back at our dock by 1000 – it was getting pretty hot by the time we got back. Here are a few shots of homes with a view that we can see on Herring Bay.
In spite of the heat, the sailing was good. We sailed between 4 and 5.5 knots with a wonderful breeze that was fresh and kept us relatively comfortable.