I am astounded by my inaction of late; while I cannot (thankfully) describe myself as slothful, I have clearly failed to maintain a daily record of observations around my property.
And I don't give a tuppeny button!
It turns out I am content being industrious in other ways. Daily downpours continue to provide me with ample time to read - I just completed Beatrix Potter's Letters. I knew her letters had been an important research reference for Linda Lear while she was writing the biography, Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature and so I was eager to read them myself - they did not disappoint!
I have continued my herbalism studies; most recently (last evening) harvesting common broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) to make an oil infusion. Yesterday I ordered some new books from the library: Maude Grieve's A Modern Herbal, a book on the golden age of herbs and herbalists and another on lunar phases - I could not survive without inter-library loan!
Benjamin and I began reading Rick Imes' The Practical Botanist together to bolster our scientific understanding of plants. I look forward to a time when we are afforded the opportunity to pursue some of Imes' outside projects without the threat of thunderstorms or downpours...
Everything is soggy. Saturated. The grass paths are spongy with rainwater. The flower beds are slippery clay. I attempted to weed a bit yesterday between rain showers. Mosquitoes swarmed me as if I were in a tropical rain forest. I retreated indoors and finished a book!
While there are a variety of lovely slime molds growing on my potting bench right now, you may wish to thank me...as it was this strip of moss (robustly thriving between two wood planks) that I believe to be the more aesthetically pleasing. ♥