Readers, Welcome to my blog (formerly Birds, Blooms, Books, etc). I'm entering a new decade taking on the challenge of moving from Maryland after living there 46 years and learning about my new home here in New England in the Live Free or Die state - New Hampshire. Join me as a write this new chapter of my life.

Friday, October 26, 2012

My Vote is for Obama!

Whoever wrote this poster got it right.  That's exactly why I'm voting for President Obama to continue as our President.  I hope you will too.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Assateague Island National Park

During our weekend at the beach we spent the afternoon at Assateague Island which is a short drive from Ocean City, MD.  Dan was able to purchase his Golden Eagle pass so now we get into National parks for free!

We took the Salt Marsh Nature Trail and spotted some lovely egrets.  The bird above may be an osprey but that's the closest I could zoom in on it.

Above is my favorite shot.  Such a perfect reflection.

The trail is a board walk the whole way.

Here's the ocean at the park looking north to Ocean City.

And here's what the park is known for: wild horses.  The ranger is saying, "You can't stop."

Monday, October 22, 2012

Harvest Monday

Just picked this young lettuce leaf mix for dinner tonight.

And the last tomato that has been ripening on the counter will go on top.

You can see what else I harvested last week at this post.

You can see what others harvested at Daphne's Dandelions.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Walk Around the Yard

Wednesday was the day to tackle the list of tasks that I've had on my to do list since September started. I've managed to get to some of them slowly here and there through the last month but I decided that yesterday was the day and if something didn't get done it could wait until spring.  So here are some things I checked off: cleaning the porch and packing up the knick knacks and cushions; moving garden art and hoses to the shed; transporting pots of plants I want to winter over to the vestibule; dumping out pots of annuals into the compost bin; and cleaning up the vegetable garden and planting the garlic.

When I was done it was time to walk around and admire the fall day.

I found lots of evidence that the deer are finding my yard again.  I stopped my Liquid Fence treatments in September so the deer are back.  They are nibbling the ratty hosta leaves that will soon be mush when a hard frost hits.

I don't mind.  It will fatten them up for my brother-in-law who is hunting on our property this fall.  Haven't heard that he's gotten one yet. I just have to be sure to start the Liquid Fence at the first sign of spring next year to break them of their habit of visiting me.

Here are some of the flowers still in bloom.

The vegetable garden looks good cleaned up.

Garlic has been planted here.

Some of what's growing: carrots,

lettuce, bok choy and spinach,

and more bok choy.

In cleaning up I found this cucumber and this handful of green beans.

I harvested these young bok choy for a soup for dinner.

I didn't have the heart to pull these marigolds still blooming profusely.

The blueberry bushes have their fall colors showing.

Beautiful time of year!