Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gestures of Kindness

I told this story to my mom last night on the phone and she thought it was incredibly sweet so I want to share it with all of you.

Yesterday was my second gardening club of the season and one of my students brought me a tree start that she had dug up from her own garden to give to me to plant in mine. She brought it over in a bucket dripping with water. We planted it together in one of the newly tilled corners of my garden. It was a very thoughtful gesture of kindness, she is only 10 years old.

After that all of the students and I planted sunflowers along the perimeter of my garden.

Also, side note, if you read my last post, yesterday was April 13th and it snowed here! Zeynab can predict anything!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gardening in Spring

As Zeynab and I were walking to the home of the boy we tutor today we were talking a lot about gardening. She asked me about my first gardening club yesterday and if I figured out how to use the shovel I had borrowed from here :) and I was getting her advice on when to plant certain things. She told me this story they have about starting to grow your crop in the Spring and I want to share to with you.

There was an old woman. She had many goats. All winter long she feed them grass that she had dried from the Autumn before and they stayed healthy and strong all winter. After March was over and April beginning the old woman poked March and Winter in the eyes and said I have won! All of my flock has survived the winter, I beat you. March and Winter did not like her saying this to them at all so the saved three days of Winter and sent them into April. They killed all of the old woman's flock while she was gloating. These three days are April 13-16 and that is why they say here never to plant your crops before the 16th of April. If you do, winter will come again and freeze everything you plant.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blustery Day

The sun is out but the wind is blowing; today was a little nippy.These are the clothes lines of the families below me. I just loved how they looked in the wind; I have a weird obsession with taking pictures of full clothes lines, including mine. I love that we dry our clothes this way! Although, I'm not going to lie, oh I cannot wait to have a washing machine!!! My poor hands :)
A little later when I looked out the window though, some of this family's clothes had disappeared! They are lucky that tree was there to catch it (although, I'm not sure if they will be able to get at it). If I lost something off my line, especially in wind like today, it would be long gone! There's nothing there to catch it!

Anyway I just liked the first picture and then thought the second one was sort of fun. Just a typical day in the AZB.