by Cathy Resmer
Ann-Elise and Graham and I went to the Champlain Valley Fair on Saturday. This is my explanation for why I haven't finished my blogroll changes yet.
And look! Ann-Elise won first place in the "other" houseplant category for her remarkable haemanthus albiflos (right), which is blooming for the first time in, like, 8 years. She won a bunch of other awards, too, for her cut flowers and her cacti.
I never knew you could win money by entering plants and flowers in the fair competitions, but it's true, you can. There's not even an entry fee. It's not that hard, either, because not that many people enter. There's another round of judging on Wednesday, so there's still time to cash in.
Not to diminish Ann-Elise's achievement. She actually won us back our entire price of admission and parking — a whopping $24 total. Unfortunately she didn't make enough to pay for our kielbasa dogs, onion rings and butter pecan ice cream. Maybe next year.