Without noticing their initial appearance, I discovered a dozen or so snap peas on the vines this morning.  They are still small—they range in size from one to two inches—but they are already quite tasty.  They are flatter than we were expecting, based on the seed packet and website photos, and look more like snow peas.  After browsing through the Burpee website, I concluded that they are using the same photos for different varieties of peas.  Not very useful!  We will keep on eye on them to see whether they fatten up as they ripen.

I visit the garden at least once each day and more often, two or three times.  Yet each day’s changes are incremental and minute and easily go unnoticed until they have accumulated into what looks like an instantaneous quantum leap.  One day, no snap peas; the next, they’re all over the place.  It is almost always a pleasant surprise but it can be a bit of a jolt.

I was hoping to see Venus’s transit of the sun this evening and had my handy binoculars at the ready to project the sun’s image onto the stone retaining wall that separates our property from the road (most of our yard is in partial shade by 6:00 pm).  Sadly, however, just as the astronomical rarity was about to begin, storm clouds rolled in from the west and obscured the sun until it set.  This was the last chance for my generation (and several succeeding ones); the next transit of Venus does not occur until 2117.