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April 28th, 2011

Notes from the Last Week of April

Snapped this right before the thunderstorm this morning on my way to work. I’m afraid today’s rains might have knocked off all the blossoms. We’ve moved away from the yellow parade, which started with witch hazel, then forsythia and daffodils. Now everything is pink and purple on my morning commute.

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Thanks for all of the good feedback on last week’s eggs entry. E’s dad showed me a quicker way to color the eggs. He didn’t wrap them at all. He filled the pan with yellow and red onion skins, and nestled the eggs into them before he filled the pan with water. He even let the eggs cool in the pan of water, so the eggs got a rich deep color. I was going to wait an entire year to post this, since Easter is over. Think of this entry, a few days after Easter, as if you are picking up your film from the drugstore and seeing your pictures for the first time.

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Here’s one of the marbled eggs from my original batch, hidden outside by the Easter bunny.

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Here’s one of the leftover goose egg shells from our April eggs feature. We had a bunch of wiggly eyes, so he was spared from the compost pile, and added to the egg hunt. It was a good weekend for an egg hunt, and for being outside. I even tried my hand at a cartwheel or two.

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And finally, a gratuitous gnome. For several months now, we’ve had a “gnome war” with E’s folks, hiding them in each other’s houses. I didn’t remember to hide them until we were leaving for home, so I just stuck this fellow by their garage door. I have a feeling he’ll be back in our garden by the end of the summer.

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