Jun 01

Watch The Stars


Posting has been light recently due to a heavy gardening schedule and all the other stuff I need to get done. There are times when I just feel like there are not enough hours in the day….or, maybe there should be two of me! If only I could clone myself. Though, I suspect that the world is not big enough for two of me. Regardless, the summer weather is here and my extra efforts in the garden have begun to show. After the long and harsh winter we had, I have to say that the spring season afforded me an early start and as we enter the first week in June things are looking good inside the fence. I have promised a lot of my students that I would share pictures of the garden and here they are.

Red potatoes should be ready in mid-July.I have two types of potatoes. The red potatoes should be ready by mid-July. The russet potatoes will be ready by the end of July, but I will leave them underground until late in Autumn. It is always nice to have fresh veggies direct from the garden as the Thanksgiving season arrives. Along with the potatoes I will have leeks well into December and that means plenty of potato and leek soup.

Russet Potatoes -- these two hills should produce about 50 pounds of spuds.

Russet Potatoes — these two hills should produce more than 50 pounds of spuds.


5 types of lettuce, peas, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, corn, zucchini and butternut squash and the two asparagus patches look great!

Brussels sprouts.

6 Brussels sprout plants will yield plenty of fresh sprouts after a frost in November.

6 Brussels sprout plants will yield plenty of fresh sprouts after a frost in November.











I even splurged and spent $25 on a mature blueberry bush. I had planted blueberries before, but the deer ate them down to nubs! This well developed bush has taken up residence in one end of the middle raised bed inside the fence. It is full of berries and I am eager to see them ripen. Let’s hope the birds don’t get them.

June 1st, 2014

June 1st, 2014


Summertime and star-gazing. Follow the link to an interesting article with Ten things you might not know about stars.



(Renbourn & McShee of Pentangle)

Watch the stars

see how they run.

You know the star come out

when the sun goes down

Watch the stars

see how they run.

Watch the moon

see how it glows

You know the moon’s gonna glow

when the sun goes down

Watch the moon

see how it glows

Watch the wind

see how it blows

You know the wind’s gonna blow

when the sun goes down

Watch the wind

see how it blows.

Listen here


Summertime is a great time of year to star-gaze. Though the night sky might be a bit less hazy in winter, few people care to stand out in the frozen night air to see the stars. Summer makes star-gazing easy. I like to begin the early part of a summer evening with a big bonfire and maybe even cook a meal on the outside. Then, let the coals burn down and sit back in a comfortable chair to look up to watch the show.

The stars twinkle and dance and sometimes you can watch as meteor shoots across the sky! It is said that’s when you should make a wish.

Star light, star bright, The first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight


When You Wish Upon a Star

By Harline & Washington

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true


Listen here.

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/watch-stars/


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    • Lara He on June 3, 2014 at 11:09 am
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    Your Garden and backyard look very nice. Taking care of veggies requires lots of time and you are so energetic, but harvest makes everything worth it.If you can copy yourself, I would like to have a copy of your garden too.
    Yesterday, I also bought some flowers eg. Mint, Rosemary, Mimose pudica, Geranium, Jasmine, Monthly Rose,Lysimachia christinae..etc. I hope all of them will survive in my home. Why, suddenly, do I have an interest in plants? It’s due to my Pachira Macrocarpa which is the birthday gift from my hubby 2 years ago. In the past 2 years, it has not grown and most of the time it looks like almost dead. It’s my fault that I haven’t taken care of it even forgot watering it. But when I moved to my new apartment 2 months ago, I put it in the living room sometimes balcony and watered it regularly also cut the old leaves. It grows very well and doubled in size. Since the plant’s Chinese name means “Have more money”, so it’s a good sign and I believe my apartment has good “Feng Shui”.
    You also mentioned the stars, I really like watching the stars but the sad thing is I can see only several stars at night due to air and light pollution here. Lake Tekapo in New Zealand is the best Sky view place in the south earth. I planned to watch the Milky Way and millions of stars there but the weather is bad at that day. What a pity nevertheless I will visit there again to finish my wish.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Lara and for your compliment on my garden. It is a nice place to be in the summer months!
      Good luck with your gardening endeavors, too.
      In your first draft of the comment,you used the word, “geomancy”. Great word and extra points for using it correctly! I was surprised that you removed it and replaced it with Feng Shui. I think it is probably more accurate to say that Feng Shui practitioners are conscious of geomancy with respect to building design and interior decorating. This way, you have introduced readers to the new idea, Feng Shui and the new word!
      Finally, please come and visit my garden!

    • Lara He on June 4, 2014 at 1:34 am
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    More about Feng Shui, I checked in Wikipedia like you usually do: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_Shui. I can not add Hyperlink to the word in comment. And I’d like to share with you and other readers about how Feng Shui is popular and practiced at HK in this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HKBuildingFengshui.jpg. The building in Hong Kong with a hollow middle hole, utilizing fengshui benefits. As the build is located at the best place where is the way for the wealth flow into HK.To prevent the building block the wealth, the hole is made to let the wealth in. I saw this building when I visited there and my friend told me about the reason. And there has lots of building ultilizing Feng Shui benefits at HK and you may take a look when you visit China.It’s quite interesting and amazing.

    1. Great follow up comment, Lara and I like the links too.
      Thank you.

    • Diane on June 5, 2014 at 5:54 pm
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    I would be interested to know if Lara He is familiar with Qigong. It is rising in popularity here I have had some introduction and would like to follow up with more but it is difficult at the moment. Thank you to Lara too for the links.

    • Lara He on June 10, 2014 at 1:27 am
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    Hello Diane, thanks for the comment. I heared about the Qigong which has a long history in China like Kongfu. People who practice this can strengthen their body. The adept practitioner can break the brick with empty-handed or use two fingers to make headstand. I believe the Qigong has it’s system theory.

    But in China there still are some secret folk organizations that use the “Qigong” to cheat people. They tell people to practice everyday and it can cure any disease without medicine/surgery or the leaders in the org. they can cure and save anyone’s life by just waving their hand around the patient. Absolutely what they spread is not the real “Qigong” just cheat people for money, maybe other political or violent purpose.

    My Mom practiced what she called “Qigong” for one or two month when I was a child, she showed me that she can stand on eggs but actually everyone can stand on the arranged eggs in carton. She quit soon after when she realized it’s ridiculous.

    But none the less, I still believe the complicated theory about “Qigong” 🙂

    • Diane on June 16, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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    Hello Lara, Many thanks for your reply about Qigong in China. It is sad that there are many people who are willing to take advantage of others for their own ends. Also I expect it is like other ancient teachings that start to get many slightly different “branches”.

    The short introduction I have had was very interesting to me though I am not that familiar with the theory it had merit and I wanted to learn more. With dedication in the right way people can achieve amazing things and it is always good to have an open mind.

    Wish you well,

    1. I am pleased to see this dialogue! When I started the blog, 2 years ago, one of my greatest hopes was that readers would engage in d iscussion on any of the various topics. To date, this article has brought that hope to fruition.
      Thanks to both Lara and Diane for sharing your thoughts and knowledge.

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