I write to you today from my vacation in outer space. I’ve been taking lots of pictures.
Here’s a shot from the window as night fell on some of your houses.
Here’s another one. It took some doing to get all this night at once. I see the lights from YOUR house. Think of all the gardens down there…London, Australia, New York, South Africa, Scotland, Oregon, Texas, Italy, England, Ireland, Kansas…
I must confess that I had a little help from NASA in capturing these photos–but then they have better cameras, and better space-ships. I had to buy my ship used and it has a lot of light years on it and the windows are small. But it’s homey and I reupholstered the captain’s chair in a nice floral fabric that’s stain resistant and matches the power lights (they’re blue).
Max has a very special dog space-chair to travel in. Here he is with his helmet on, safely cruising where no dog has gone before. I have a hard time getting him to buckle up.
The ship is a Garden Traveler 2 (you may remember them, they got a lot of press in 1999). They run on compost and balsamic vinegar and the interior includes a little plant lab where I can grow things. I am experimenting with some plants I found in the Peekia Galaxy when I was testing the Solar Warp system. They said these plants will grow round blue fruits that glow without candles for Halloween, but you know those intergalactic nursery people–they will promise you anything to make a sale.
The galley area in my ship is small –this is not a luxury craft. I basically have kibble for Max and granola for me, a big water tank and a large bottle of wine. And I have to use my phone for navigation.
But we keep busy, and the views are great. Mostly we circle the earth to see how you are all doing: who’s neglecting their plants, or who is maybe planting shrubs or bulbs, or cleaning the chickenhouse, that sort of thing. (We use a powerful pair of glasses originally made for the Pentagon but don’t worry they are not x-ray equipped so no we are not spying on you in your houses.)
Sometimes we put on our space suits and go outside the ship to look around–we stay attached to the ship with some very sturdy garden twine. There is a lot of junk out there and I’ve found a few things to use as planters. They tend to include antennas which are good for supporting vines. Once there was a rather nice wicker bench with a sticker that said “Intel Inside” but before I could figure out why it needed a computer brain it got away from me and floated off toward the moon.
It doesn’t rain or snow up here, and it’s bright and warm. But tomorrow, I hear, will be a lovely day back at our garden on Earth, so Max and I are goin’ in…
[If you are very lucky spring will come soon so I will quit writing this sort of stuff.]