Sorry about the silence. Odd thing: As a result of my (I think) growing absent-mindedness, it turned out that my flight was on Sunday night and not on Saturday night (as I thought when I did the previous post), so I suddenly had an unplanned 24 hours on my hands in Aspen.
I decided to spend the extra day lying low getting some work done – various things I thought would get undone on this trip suddenly had another chance to get done! Mostly administrative stuff. It is amazing how much one can get done when there’s a whole extra day suddenly appearing in your schedule, and so that’s what I worked on.
One thing I could have done was reminded you that the Phoenix was due to launch Saturday, and indeed it did! Be sure to check out a post about it on the Bad Astronomer with some links to really nice launch videos. The Phoenix mission plans rather wonderful things when the craft gets to Mars (including making the old reverse-thrust landing maneuver vogue again), as you can learn from their site.
Today, Monday, saw me running errands. Boring things, really. Things you do after being away from the nest for three weeks. Anyway, I’m trying to get to used to all the extra oxygen, and the unbelievable dryness. There’s still been no rain. I will miss the daily downpours and thunderstorms of Aspen. This leads me to the garden report. Nothing to say except that there’s been a bit of loss – the relentless sun and dryness took its toll on all my squash plants, and two of my tomato plants – and lots of cobwebs and general detritus everywhere. A lot of work to be done, all over again. Ah, the never-ending cycle that is gardening…
More interestingly, and speaking of nests, a pair of ground doves decided to make a nest in my camellia bush right in the back garden. They must have taken a look at the mess of a garden and thought that it was clearly abandoned. It must have seemed like a prime spot. I’m not sure what to do now. My every movement in the back garden scares them off. I worry that those little eggs (above left; click for a larger view) will be abandoned. I’ll leave you to have a look at the rather bitter-sweet image of the nest.
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