Saturday, May 3, 2014

Opening Day

Today was the first day of the regular tourist season. We've had various group tours and a couple of special events, but this was the first day the doors were open to the general public for regular tours. I got to work with two of my favorite co-workers, a sweet woman who, like my mom's mom's mom had, has Graubünden roots, and a hilarious, flamboyant rocker gal who wears a ton of eccentric jewelry and used to be in an almost-up-and-coming band in Germany in the late 70s (the latter took these pictures last year). Visitation numbers were good- several tours had to be added to the schedule.

When things quieted down, I ascertained that the loon is still on site- my first sighting of it was two weeks ago. As an added treat, there was a osprey on the premises, perched in a tree in the same vicinity that the loon tends to occupy.

Behind our visitors' center, the gorgeous flowering bushes (I'm pretty sure they're Viburnum) are giving off a most delightful fragrance:




The daffodils are still doing quite well. More importantly, my stinging nettles are coming in like gangbusters, and I plan on picking a bunch of them tomorrow so I can make creamed nettles on my day off- I've gotten pretty good at making Yorkshire pudding over the past month or so, so I'll probably split the little things open so I can fill them with nettles.

I'm happy to say that our opening day was a success, and I hope that it portends a great upcoming season. I'm actually pretty optimistic here.

5 comments:

Smut Clyde said...

'Tis Viburnum forest come to Dunsinane.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

flamboyant rocker gal who wears a ton of eccentric jewelry and used to be

How does one wear used to be?

Congrats on the successful day!
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John Gray said...

Optimists are wonderful people..... Mind you they are so often disappointed

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

'Tis Viburnum forest come to Dunsinane.

NICE!

How does one wear used to be?

Good catch... edit accomplished.

Optimists are wonderful people..... Mind you they are so often disappointed

I have a good cynical streak which I employ for defense.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Yorkshire and Yorkshire Pudding is best served as a starter to a roast dinner with the puddings covered in gravy made from the meat juices. Any leftovers can be eaten cold with strawberry jam, lemon curd or treacle / golden syrup.