Magical Rock Powders & Merigold Paint

I often ponder . . . where do all the garden rocks go?
But yesterday I stumbled upon . . .

. . . a crude fortress wall deep in the garden bushes. Quietly (and with great care) I took a peek beyond this high, formidable wall. And there I found a diligent crew of Garden Guardians.
IMG_0330These particular ones informed me that their job was to make
Magical Rock Powders & Marigold Paint.

And with a deep sigh of relief, I retreated . . . assured in the knowledge that their herculean efforts will keep the weeds at bay far better than simple stones would acting alone.

Monday Hike

Passion does not arrive on a videotape or a CD; passion is personal. Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along the grass-stained sleeves to the heart.  If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.
~ Richard Louv, excerpt from Last Child in the Woods, p.159

Just sharing a few photos from the 7th Grade’s afternoon hike yesterday: