Look what happened to the filberts when I wasn’t looking! Or rather, when I couldn’t see them because of the torrential rains or impenetrable fog.
They sprouted flowers! Hazelnuts are one of the few trees that bloom and pollinate in the late winter before the leaves emerge. They have both male and female flowers on the same plant. The male flowers on a hazelnut are the long, yellow catkins you see in the pictures I took. The female hazelnut flowers are tiny red, purple flowers that are nearly hidden by the buds which I haven’t detected as of yet but I also couldn’t get too close to them so they might be there, I’ll have to look for them next time!
I must say it’s rather heartening to detect some spring-like signs in this miserable winter weather.
The field behind our rig shows the tiniest sprigs of something, I don’t have a clue what?They sowed it in late October; maybe it’s just some winter grass to try to keep the soil from eroding. I can fully understand the need for something like that now!
I have only one more week of work ahead of me before I leave for
! Wow, time goes so fast. It’s time to go looking for a suitcase. I think we kept one but it might be kind of small for my bulky winter stuff. Since you can only take one suitcase for free these days I might borrow a carry-on from Doug. That should do it, I only go for 2 weeks after all and I don’t think I’m going to bring stuff back with me since it’s expensive for us over there! Holland
James has painstakingly re-organized a couple of cabinets for his computer business. He neatly hang some tools on the inside walls, they're actually velcro'd-on, and even installed a rope light to be able to see what he’s doing in there.
Our big (and heavy) copier and printer that is located behind the TV is finally going to bite the dust (that should lighten the load some) and in its place come a few shelves to hold client’s computers that are in for repair.
When all cabinets and drawers are closed you should not have the feeling you’re in a work shop, everything will be neatly hidden away.
James is almost done with the BBQ and will move on to pave the pathways and terrace with cobblestones.
I hope for him the rain will let up some!