Friday, September 05, 2008

Go! Go! Escargot!

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It has been hot in the Bay Area. Despite the recent installation of insulation, my studio was sweltering today. I told the painters that if the indoor temperature went over 95 degrees, we would all go home early. (It only got to 92.)

After work, I gave my garden a good watering, and as I was messing with the compost pile I noticed a strange sensation on my ankle. A snail was climbing up my leg.

Considering how sweaty I was, I think that snail must have been trying to use the salt on my legs to commit suicide.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL! You're not alone - it's hot and humid over here, too. Thanks for the chuckle and the good picture.

The Wandering B's
Who have wandered back to Hong Kong as you can probably tell by the red dots over our way.

Linnea said...

Hey, he's a pretty snail.

Weather reminds me of the opposite of living in Sweden as a kid, where they'd cancel school if it got to -30 C. Damn temperature always leveled out at around -27.

Gina said...

Hurricane Hanna's approach has upped the heat and humidity here as well (as evidenced by my hair!). Yesterday they closed Baltimore City Schools early and I discovered oa stack of handouts I left in my romm had literally grown mold overnight! Do snails eat mold, too? Liam's HAS been hankering for a pet...

Syndee said...

The air is like swimming through a hot bowl of soup here on L.I. as we await Tropical Storm Hannah. Heading out to get ice for the coolers and gas in my car.

Ryan said...

Woah! I don't mean to sound rude, but do you wear a peg leg or something? I never noticed it before, so it was something of a surprise! ;o)

-- Ryan

gollygee said...

Yeah, I hear you all about Hanna, things are the same here in New Hampshire. I'm just trying to sit still and not move too much so I don't start sweating like a pig! :D Luckily, I don't think there are any snails to worry about in my apartment though. And even if there were, my kitties would "play" with them long before they were able to crawl up my leg! :D

Anonymous said...

Just cuz I am so literate, I have to correct your title! I'm pretty sure it's spelled "escargot". Sorry bout that!

Gina said...

Apparently the humidity has made my keyboard AND spell-checking skills sticky, too!

Anonymous said...

It was hot and sticky here in Pa, and today we are getting large amounts of water dumped on everything, onto both the gardens AND into the basement! Aren't we lucky! Last week we just watersealed the outside of our brick house, so now the rain beads up on the outside of it for a change, instead of soaking into it and then freezing and cracking over the winter.

Actually, if the gardens gets anymore water in it, the pumpkins will explode. The tomatoes are splitting open, like my grapes, and necessiate instant attention. Making wine tomorrow at the neighbors, as well as hurridly dropping off garden produce at peoples back doors and then stealthily sneaking off. When we get home we find out that other neighbors have done the same to us. I think the tomatoes here never get eaten, they just travel all over York and Gettysburg.

If you would like some seeds for your garden next year, let me know. It is safe to grow sunflowers in your patch, and if you do this for 3 years in a row, then haul off the roots, heads, seeds and stalks each year, it will remove enough toxins from your soil that in the 4th year you can grow yer own produce.

Lucky you to have snails! I found frogs as well as voles in the pumpkin patches here, as I suspect the voles are busy working on hollowing one out for the winter. Found someone to buy my gourds for next year.

Gourds would probably grow VERY well in your patch, if you had grape vines growing there in the past.

Annalisa

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