This little blog has been pushed to the side for the past few days. We have been too busy being outside! Labor Day weekend was wonderful. New Jersey definitely earned some points in my book. We took the ferry from Lewes, Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey and drove the 10 miles or so to the house. The little beach town where we stayed, Avalon, is charming and uber bike/pedestrian friendly. We caught up with family we hadn’t seen in a while, met their hilarious neighbors, let Bozzie frolic in the Chesapeake Bay, and ate piles of clams with melted garlic butter. I especially loved how the beaches, houses, and commercial districts are adjacent to each other. You can get a cup of coffee or fill up your bike’s tires or pick up donuts all on foot. Kids, elderly, and families were walking or biking everywhere enjoying their exercise and autonomy. You could go your whole stay there without needing a car. This made the area’s traffic almost nonexistent! Heaven for someone who isn’t keen on driving everywhere.
We are back now and I’m in ‘do all the things’ mode before this baby arrives next month! Trying to cross to-do items off the list, but simultaneously begin slowing down. It’s hard to be in fall mode though when the daily highs are still in the upper 80s. Woof. The days are getting shorter already though which definitely helps.
This week’s foraged flowers include Japanese Honeysuckle or Lonicera Japonica and a new favorite, Vitex or Chaste Tree, Vitex agnus-castus. Japanese honeysuckle is mercilessly invasive and had nearly eaten the entire fence I found it on. The light lilac Vitex shrub looks similar to a butterfly bush is a late-summer bloomer. Its seeds are often harvested for alternative medicinal purposes and in ancient times it was believed to be an anaphrodisiac, hence the name chaste tree. Ha!
Hope you all are having a fine week! xo.