This morning, Wednesday Sept. 8, we woke up to rain – a soft rain – like we used to get in Ireland but doesn’t seem to happen any more. A rain where you are quite happy to use an umbrella – i.e. no wind – but the umbrella is hardly necessary if you have a good rainjacket or vice versa. It was the first day of school. A very exciting day. And we 8 McKee’s trudged up to Whittier. Parents and grandparents and children converged upon the school from all directions. There was a great buzz about the place. It was like old home week.
But the reason I titled this post Rain=Green is that in the soft rain this morning I thought how good the moisture was for the garden and how spectacular the growth is in this corner of the Pacific Northwest. Just take a look at the towering trees right in our own neighbourhood – and particularly in Salmon Bay Park nearby. The fruit trees are overloaded at this time of year – apples, pears, plums in many gardens. Blackberries are peeping out through some of the fences. Tomatoes are ripening. Gourds and pumpkins are growing bigger. It is very colourful, and not just green.