Poor Will's Almanack http://wyso.org en Poor Will's Almanack: July 22 - 28, 2014 http://wyso.org/post/poor-wills-almanack-july-22-28-2014 <p></p><p>Since I started my record of the weather and natural history, I have kept all my notes daily notes together - for example, all the July 20ths from 1979 through 2014 in one place. With that organization, I've been able to see how, in spite of the separate character of each 12-month cycle, the progress of the seasons remains nearly identical from one year to the next.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Bill Felker 53080 at http://wyso.org Poor Will's Almanack: July 22 - 28, 2014 Poor Will's Almanack: July 15 - 21, 2014 http://wyso.org/post/poor-wills-almanack-july-15-21-2014 <p></p><p>Deep in July, the tide of summer reaches as far north as it can go then starts to slip away back toward the Gulf of Mexico. The rate of advance or retreat varies with each year, but the balance has always shifted by the middle of the year’s seventh month. The day's length becomes one to two minutes shorter every twenty-four hours, and countryside responds with changing color and sound.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:18:53 +0000 Bill Felker 52780 at http://wyso.org Poor Will's Almanack: July 15 - 21, 2014 Poor Will's Almanack: July 8 - 14, 2014 http://wyso.org/post/poor-wills-almanack-july-8-14-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>My interest in gardening began with a few lettuce seeds and then progressed to a minor manifestation of voyeuristic back-to-the-landism. And now it has taken on a life of its own.</p><p>And of course, nothing is as simple as it seems.</p><p>What starts out as a pleasant journey into food or flowers can quickly become complicated by the addition of just a small amount of neurosis and self-doubt.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Bill Felker 52429 at http://wyso.org Poor Will's Almanack: July 8 - 14, 2014 Poor Will's Almanack: July 1 - 7, 2014 http://wyso.org/post/poor-wills-almanack-july-1-7-2014 <p></p><p><i>Look at this beautiful world, and read the truth In her fair page;</i><br />wrote the 19th century poet, William Cullen Bryant,<br /><i>See every season brings<br />New change to her of everlasting youth—</i>he writes,<br /><i>Still the green soil, with joyous living things<br />Swarms -- the wide air is full of joyous wings.</i></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Bill Felker 52098 at http://wyso.org Poor Will's Almanack: July 1 - 7, 2014 Poor Will's Almanack: June 24 - 30, 2014 http://wyso.org/post/poor-wills-almanack-june-24-30-2014 <p></p><p>It seems this time of year that the garden weeds always get out of hand. They follow their own mind, jump the boundaries I've established, and the heat convinces me to let them do it.</p><p>And I believe that there are more weeds than there used to be. Since no one ever actually does an annual weed count, I can't prove there are more, but experience leaves no doubt in my mind.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Bill Felker 51427 at http://wyso.org Poor Will's Almanack: June 24 - 30, 2014