Yesterday marked several moments of note at the lean-to. First, the wall next to the guerrilla orchard was tagged with really terrible graffiti. I don't mean that it was off-color or raunchy, it's just not aesthetically pleasing. I think a mural or nearly any of the NYC train cars from the 80s would be fabulous. It would give the guerrilla orchard a certain je ne sais quois. Sadly, this is just a terrible tag and it just looks sad.
Second, my Breville juicer arrived yesterday and it's been put to good use! I made a grapefruit-lime-orange-cranberry concoction first, which was perfectly tangy. Then I tried a celery-carrot-apple-parsley recipe from The Juicing Bible. Something about it did not suit me at all and I couldn't drink it. Not so for today's modified Gazpacho that Chile posted. I didn't have any hot peppers or cilantro but it was delicious just the same. Very filling and satisfying.
Third, the monsoon season roared in with a vengeance yesterday evening. I could see the sky darkening, which was a good sign and thought we'd get a "regular" rain like the other night. Not so on this day. The rain poured, the wind blew and hail fell as though we should prepare for either a hurricane or a tornado. It was incredible. Thunder crashed, lightning bolted and we could not even see across the street for all the rain and wind. It turns out we received ~2 inches of rain! For a part of town that typically gets 7" a year, this was significant. We discovered two spots where the roof leaks in the kitchen, which can be fixed, but the clouds are mounting again and there is potential for more rain in the forecast. I can't imagine we'll get another storm like yesterday, but it certainly seems possible.