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Last summer I got three Bleeding Heart plants through Freecycle, and they are thriving!

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When I was a child, I thought being an archaeologist would be really cool.    What could be more interesting than digging up mummies and glittering Egyptian treasure?  My educational choices took my in slightly different directions (although being a historian is close),  but I still find archaeology fascinating.  Today my aspirations became reality.  Sort-of.

Shortly after Jonathan and I moved into our house a year ago, we started finding all kinds of junk buried in a corner of the backyard.  One item was the partially exposed corner of what appeared to be a sheet of metal.  After trying valiantly to remove it last summer, I gave up.  Today, Jonathan tackled it again, and found not one, not two, but THREE large metal plates.  Underneath them was what appears to be a large metal tub of some sort. I think it might be an old washing machine, but maybe not…is it an old distillery, or something related to a cistern or septic system?  A secret passageway to China?  After standing around and peering into it for a while, we decided that the best course of action for now is to fill in the hole again (metal tub and all), and hope that the City of Warwick  will pick up the metal plates on trash day. Maybe in a hundred years or so someone will dig it up again and solve the mystery once and for all.

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Every day, I like to go out and check on all my flowers.  Some days, it seems like something new has sprung up overnight!  I have been especially pleased this year with the pansies, because they lasted through the winter, and are blooming so beautifully.  I started them from seed, before we had even closed on our house! So they are just about a year old. I love their sweet little faces.

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