Sunday, September 30, 2012

Last pic tonight...virginia creeper

The six sister Pinterest recipe was very easy to make.....a canned pantry sort of deal but pretty good!

one of my new aloe plants

Thanks to one of the Stampin Latte Ladies...I have aloe again!
 I do use it for burns. I hope it does well indoors.

Bulk Buying for canning

Our local market had a great deal for canning so this year we took advantage of it. We got pears, peaches and tomatoes ( since the deer obliterated ours).

the LAST of the tomatoes

I am still picking little patches of tomatoes. I have mainly given these to the chickens since the skins are a bit tough. They love to play soccer with them.

peaches in bulk

I cannot wait to taste these! They smell great too.

gorgeous tomatoes

We got 80 lbs of tomatoes. Bill has over last last 2 days made paste, sauce and diced tomatoes.  Bless his heart, all that peeling and dicing in front of the stove for 2 full days!

Bill's new canning pressure cooker

The stove is a mess and the tomatoes are not quite done yet....canning continues.

Jams, jelly, relish and paste

They look so pretty huh?

Dried pepper in all colors

Bill has been drying pepper and lots of herbs

little asters

The bees are going nuts for these right now. They must be sweet

petunias and snaps

tomorrow is OCT 1....granted I have these near some warm rocks but usually these are gone by now.

yellow trees

My maples have not turned yet nor my burning bushes. The first trees always seem to be the yellow ones. The Mountain ash is pretty and the berries are super red  which sometimes indicates a snowy winter.

Mums for 88cents

I bought a bunch and they are doing well. One of our little sugar pumpkins. We decided to use them for decoration instead of cooking them.

End of the summer

Well this is a first I still have nasturtiums. It has been so warm and just a couple of frosts so I trimmed them and they have bounced back

Friday, September 21, 2012

craggy tree

it's rather spooky at night

mossy

One of my favorite things in the woods......Moss.

rose hips

there are not many this year....not enough to make tea. They are so pretty though aren't they?

walking in the woods at

twilight which is coming earlier every day now. I love the change in color but not the change in light and time.

the first tree to turn

usually it is the mountain ash

Shasta daisy seed

Loads of this too.....

hollyhock seed

I spread these every year. I would love to have them everywhere!

Sweet william seed

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Zucchini A Plenty

Went out to check the pumpkins and found 5 huge zucchini. Looks like zucchini bread and relish are on the way.

buffy and the Teens

Buffy is our one chicken who has survived all the drama and she is the only layer we have at the moment. The teenagers have not started laying but should be close as they are getting their combs and the Silver Wyndotte is nesting in the dirt so hopefully eggs are on the way.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Coffee & such

Isn't this a cute napkin? It is totally embroidered and hemmed by hand. I got 6 of them at the Goodwill outlet in Indianapolis (THANKS Chris Meador). Chelsea and I are planning a trip to the Salem, Oregon Goodwill this month. Everything is by the pound so of 50lbs of stuff for 10 bucks was excellent!

While having my coffee this morning I realized it has been a while since I have written so I thought an update was in order.
Last night we had our first big dinner from the garden. Except for the chicken (which we did not butcher ourselves) everything came from the yard, corn, potatoes, zucchini and all the herbs, ok not the butter, and it was delicious.
The garden has done well, so far, we have collected chard, zucchini, potatoes, snap peas, corn, peas, beans and lettuce.
The bad news... the tomatoes have been assaulted by deer and my in ground potatoes where mainly eaten by the ground squirrels, luckily we have both in pots on the deck . Next year the plan MORE POTS!

Bill has done really well in producing compost and it looks like we will have plenty for next years crops. His large potato box is looking good and he has decided not to dump it till October. We still have onions, pumpkins, squash and cabbage coming.

My black walnut tree has grown about 2 ft this year so it got a heavy pruning. I am hoping that the 3 sumac trees I got from Claudia will live and I will plant them this week.
The blackberries and raspberries are looking good and Bill has already made a few jars of jam of the raspberries. He also made some delicious mint jelly from the rampant mint we have.
This weekend he has dried parsley, thyme, dill and oregano.

It has not been a banner year for flowers. I think the weather played a big factor there all the flowers were rather sparse. More compost next year should help and more early weeding.

Our chickens are doing well and we are hoping to have some more eggs soon and maybe even a few more grown chickens coming our way. I am totally looking forward more quiche! 

On Saturday I brought out three loads of bark from our woods for my flower beds and weeded some.
The reality of that sentence is I was out ALL DAY Saturday weeding and it still looks like I never touched it. Today the weed wacker comes out and then I am going to cover the areas in cardboard and mulch like crazy!
Yesterday I spent the day building an ETSY shop  http://www.etsy.com/people/maryjomcgraw?ref=si_pr  http://www.etsy.com/people/maryjomcgraw?ref=si_prhope this link will work. Just another step to working a 4 day week and being home more, fingers crossed!
Looking forward to a beautiful fall.... WE hope! 

Walking in the woods

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