Sunday, May 17, 2009

More cabbages and kings

"The time has come,' the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax -- Of cabbages -- and kings -- And why the sea is boiling hot -- And whether pigs have wings." (From The Walrus and the Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll.

I made my reservations for a guided sea turtle watch on a Tuesday night early in June. I will, of course, write about it. There won't be photos, as Do not use flashlights or flash photography on the beach at night is an unbreakable rule. Contact numbers for the walks are provided in the right-hand column.
Our blog hit the jackpot this week - friend Robin Chapman's blog linked to the smiling alligator story, the Caribbean Conservation Corporation newsletter spoke of us and linked to the daytime nesting leatherback post, and I participated in my first blog carnival via the Nature Blog Network (NBN). To participate, one submits a post for consideration by the host, in this case I and the Bird, NBN's blog devoted to wild birds and birding. On the specified day, the host gives a brief introduction to each of the participating blogs, along with links to them. I and the Bird devised awards for each submittal. I had sent a link to Bird with Bling, featuring Charlie Corbeil's Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, and we were given the Best Dressed Bird award. (If I've totally confused you with this explanation, see Links below.)
Being in a carnival introduces you to other interesting sites, and other bloggers to yours. The Bird with Bling post got a comment from a new viewer. I followed the link to her site and was in for a real treat! Vickie Henderson is an artist, writer, photographer and nature enthusiast in Knoxville, TN, and what lovely work she does. Among other things, she merges her fascination with Whooping Cranes with her gourd art - beautiful. Be sure to visit her site. (Photo from her web site, used with permission. Click on photos to enlarge.)
This week, I got a book from our local library (what would we do without libraries?) that was reviewed in GeoCarta, a mapping and navigation blog I follow. Mainly, I was interested in looking at the layout - it sounded like it was a field journal format, and I do love a field journal. Apparently, ten publishers fought over the book, and it garnered a $1M advance, highly unusual. Well, The Collected Works of T. S. Spivet is unlike any book I've ever seen. If you treasure words and the unusual, you'll love this book. Follow the link to the web site (also beautifully done, and I usually have no patience with web sites that have strange conventions) to learn more. I've also included a link to the Amazon page for it, as there is a lengthy explanation by the author and customer reviews from people that either loved or hated the book.
I warned you via the title that this post would wander a bit. This is a photo of my tomato plants - aren't they gorgeous? I do not have a green thumb, so I resort to "grow boxes", with great success. I planted these on April 1, and just look at them, loaded with blossoms and little green tomatoes. I got the seedlings from Kari at Naturewise in May - they are heirloom cherry tomatoes that I have raised before, and the flavor is wonderful. My handy son devised the screen behind them to mitigate the sun reflecting off the light colored wall painted with some strange paint that has glass beads in it.
Here's to a good week.


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