Monday, December 28, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Here are some photos.
Entry to the lane
The lane looking down towards us.
Bottom section of our driveway. Dan couldn't get to the pavement here. It doesn't get much sun so we hope the salt will help.
Straight away section.
The house through the woods on top of the hill.
The curve and the hill.
The steep part of the driveway. Fortunately at this time of year the sun hits it in the morning and the snow will melt.
The house with piles from shoveling.
The pond. The bench is covered with snow.
The front door before it was shoveled out.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
I just finished reading a mystery called "The Trail of the Wild Rose" by Anthony Eglin. The main character visits the Museum of Garden History in Lambeth, England where he sees this poem written on a Victorian sampler. There is no credit given to the author of the poem.
There is peace within a garden
A peace so deep and calm
That when the heart is troubled
It's like a soothing balm.
There's life within the garden
A life that still goes on
Filling the empty places
When older plants are gone
There's glory in the garden
At every time of year
Spring summer autumn winter
To fill the heart with cheer
So ever tend your garden
Its beauty to increase
For in it you'll find solace
And in it you'll find peace
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Here is the perennial garden covered in snow.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
There will be plenty of opportunities to put on the spread here in future Novembers. For now the house is calm in its lack of preparation.
p.s. I hope to snag a turkey carcass to bring home! Turkey soup would be nice.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Ever since the fence was installed around the new vegetable garden, and the other raised beds placed and filled, I've been wanting to mulch the pathways. Rainy weekends and travel has prevented that until today.
It took two trips to Home Depot for mulch but I got it done. The blueberries will be so much happier this winter with the mulch blanket around them.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I was advised to save hot peppers by flash freezing them or by drying them. I cut the tops off some and removed the seeds. They went into the freezer in a cake pan. Once frozen I will bag them up to use one at a time. Others I threaded onto fishing line and hung in the mechanical room where it is very warm.
I wore my gardening gloves while I did this, but I realize now only the palm was non porous and the tops of my fingers are burning from the hot pepper oils. I don't dare touch my face.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Aren't they pretty to look at?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Here is one of the new beds with snowpeas planted. The sticks are to help the plants stay upright. I'm optimistic that they will get that tall this fall.
Here's the first harvest of the greens and the last 12 tomatoes.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Have you ever read series books out of order? Some of them don't matter all that much. This one did because I knew what the ending would be. I just didn't know how they would get to that point.
The author is Jennifer Chiaverini and her series is called Elm Creek Quilts series. I just finished the first book, "The Quilter's Apprentice". The one I read first was "The Lost Quilter", which I think is the latest in her series. After that one I read "The Runaway Quilt" which actually preceded the first one I read.
I'm not a quilter, but it does make me consider maybe I should try it sometime.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Volunteer tomatoes are ripening nicely. This is the variety you see in the supermarket that's sold on the stems.