June 7, 2007 – Our first meager garden. Tomatoes, peppers and cabbage; random seedlings that the previous owners had left for us when they moved out. I still remember planting those seedlings about a week before this. It was my very first time sleeping here and I woke up with the sun at about 5:30… Wide awake and completely excited. I was out in the garden, in the dirt, at 5:45AM planting vegetables. I remember it was totally silent, no wind, calm, peaceful. Suddenly, I heard a gentle 'wooshing' sound overhead. I looked up, and there was a giant Great Blue Heron cruising over me at treetop height, heading straight toward the rising sun. It was magical. I still see herons flying overhead regularly, but never that low. I still have that hose.