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Spring is Always a Little Chile  

03/21/2011



The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said 'Bother!' and 'O blow!' and also 'Hang spring-cleaning!' and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat. Something up above was calling him imperiously, and he made for the steep little tunnel which answered in his case to the gravelled carriage-drive owned by animals whose residences are nearer to the sun and air. So he scraped and scratched and scrabbled and scrooged and then he scrooged again and scrabbled and scratched and scraped, working busily with his little paws and muttering to himself, 'Up we go! Up we go!' till at last, pop! his snout came out into the sunlight, and he found himself rolling in the warm grass of a great meadow. - Kenneth Grahame


The opening passage of the Wind and the Willows used to mystify me. I was born and raised in Colorado, and had no idea what spring was. I knew it happened between winter and summer, but Colorado dosen't have cathartic seasonal changes. My first year in New York was my first spring. And from that moment I understood the mole.

Now every spring I'm reminded of the Wind and the Willows and of Colorado, and the memory brings nostalgia for mountain biking, dry air, and Green Chiles. There's not much I can do to about the first two, but I decided this was the last year I would pay 3 dollars for a small can of Hatch Green Chiles.

It's the spring equinox as I write this, and my Hatch Green Chile plants have just begun to sprout. I was draping their plastic covering over the seed trays, but now they have begun to grow and need a higher ceiling.

I split out some strips of tornado wood from the small log and shaved them down until they were nice and rustico. I did the lashing with hemp string because it seemed appropriate.

Upward little peppers!! Scrooge! Scrooge!
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Comments: 2
03/22/2011Joshua 
I don't live in the area, but how about the Fort George/Highbridge trails for MTB? I heard they were okay. And I think there were trails in Queens and on Staten Island as well?
03/22/2011Eric R 
Great work Ben.
The frame is very charming.
And you are going to be liking yourself for the effort when you are enjoying those Chile's.
A picture of how they are growing from time to time would be nice.
Thanks & great blog.
Eric
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