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Time Machine: What I was Doing 1 Year Ago

March 15th, 2010

One of things I love about blogging that is encourages me to take tons of photos. I average at least 20 photos a day and some days more than 200 (thank goodness for digital). The best part of taking so many photos is that I have a pictorial journal of everything I’ve been doing for the past 10 years. Digital photos have a time stamp that tells you exactly what date and time the photo was taken – I love this feature. I was wondering yesterday what I was doing on March 15 of last year, so I opened up my photo program, here’s what I found:

I finished off a batch of maple syrup in the morning and put some peas in water to soak for planting the next day. These are the peas that the deer ate, so I never even got to eat any of these.

It was a beautiful spring day so we celebrated by going on a picnic with friends at a local trail. We enjoyed a good lunch and a short hike. The perfect way to enjoy a beautiful spring day besides!


After hiking we came home to get some work done in the garden. I carried 5 trays of seedlings up to enjoy the warm day on the front porch: 3 trays of onions, 1 tray of nice lettuce, and one tray of broccoli & cabbage. This year I barely have some onions that germinated this past week.

I also sifted some compost to amend the soil in the cold frame for a planting lettuce seedlings and beet seeds. This past week I did sow some spinach seeds in the cold frame after amending it with some compost.

These lovely lettuces were planted in the cold frame in the afternoon, they’re only a week or two away from harvesting small leaves for a salad. I don’t even have lettuce yet, except for a few mache plants that overwintered. These are the lettuce seeds that I started to choose the winner of the Freedom Seed contest.

I also started beet seeds in the cold frame. This past Friday and I started spinach in the cold frame.

I also took a ton of photos of the beautiful sunset we enjoyed that evening, what a perfect ending to a perfect day!


I have 165 photos from March 15, 2009. I do need to delete some of them, but I definitely have a great photo journal of what I was doing on this day last year, and what the cats were doing.

Do you remember what you were doing on March 15 last year?

10 Comments to “Time Machine: What I was Doing 1 Year Ago”
  1. Sense of Home on March 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Having just started my blog in December 2009 I was not taking as many photos a year ago, or writing about what I was doing. One of the things I thought about when beginning by blog though, is the opportunity I will have to look back and see what we were up to, what the weather was doing, how things may have changed. I like that, and thank goodness for digital cameras. I do worry about filling up my computer with photos though.
    .-= Sense of Home´s last blog ..A Measure of Sanity =-.

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    • Susy on March 15, 2010 at 9:46 am

      Oh yes, I have over 20,000 on my computer. They all get backup up as well, wouldn’t want to lose any of them. I periodically go through and delete ones I don’t need any more and try to stay on top of things that way.

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  2. Lona on March 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Well you made me look to see what was going on last year here LOL!
    Looks like I did not have much going on but the trees were budding and I enjoyed spotting the first Robins. Sunrises and sunsets were among my pictures too.
    .-= Lona´s last blog ..Don’t Throw Stones at Glass… =-.

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  3. Kelly on March 15, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I don’t blog every day, but it’s nice to have a general idea of what I’ve been doing the past years that I have blogged. This time last year I was planning where to put my garden beds in the big empty area near our house. We were considering redoing our driveway and moving a hill, but haven’t yet and we have other, higher priorities right now. Since the garden is in, this year, we’re much more active outside. I grew up in Ontario so I’m not used to spring sticking around as early as it does here, and almost no cold snaps. It’s bizarre!

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  4. Michelle on March 15, 2010 at 11:07 am

    No…but like you, thanks to digital!, I’ve got a file of photos, too! I think I’ll go take a look!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..New Beginnings: A Ministry. =-.

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  5. stefaneener on March 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I was just rereading my paper gardening journal, and I was doing just about the same thing here — making room in the winter plants for summer ones, starting seeds indoors. It’s good to have records.
    .-= stefaneener´s last blog ..Bee-youtiful =-.

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  6. Pampered Mom on March 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    This is definitely what I love the most about blogs and digital photos. So many memories!
    .-= Pampered Mom´s last blog ..The Science of Herbs =-.

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  7. Missy on March 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I remember that picnic and hike. We started wearing fleece and ended up with no jackets on. It was a really sunny day, hot in the sun almost, and we had to turn around and walk with the sun at our backs since I forgot my sunscreen. It was that bright! Good times…

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  8. MAYBELLINE on March 16, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I’m doing good to remember what happened this morning.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Nasturtiums, Wisteria, Strawberries, Grapes =-.

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  9. kitsapFG on March 16, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I do indeed go back and look at the digital images from prioor years. I do not tend to take photos of everything I do all day – instead my pictures are largely concentrated to my garden and related activities or special events/projects. However, it has the same effect of capturing the essence of what was happening in my life at that time and the world surrounding me.

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