Look at the difference 6 weeks makes here!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Must tell you, though I've proclaimed loud and long that this Autumn isn't near as lovely as last Autumn...the last day or two has been absolutely magnificent! If only there was sunlight to back up all this crimson beauty!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
But I just couldn't bear to pull up the nasturtiums.
They're still so beautiful!
They might not ever turn yellow or orange,
but I'm keeping them on the vine until the very
last day we can have plants in our plots.
And that's this coming Sunday, Nov. 1st.
Embiggen the photo and you can see how
huge the nasturtiums have gotten!
(Our plot is the one behind the wooden frame.)
The eggplant and pepper plants still look beautiful,
but they're not producing like they did.
Labels: Community Garden
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I still say last Autumn was more beautiful than this Autumn.
However, there are individual trees - above one of them -
that are simply gorgeous and much more beautiful than last year.
Hmmm...that's what it is...
Last Autumn, the entire season was spectacular
This Autumn, single trees are spectacular...
I'll take either!
Sky Watch Friday
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
That's Rem, Tim and Cody-dog floating and fishing (well, at least Remy was fishing) on the magnificent pond just outside the living room windows of my parents MO home this past Sunday. Heaven? You could say that, but would still be missing out on how very wonderful this paradise really is.
My girl and her beau have been visiting my parents (her grandparents...duh!) this past week, and I can, without any doubt, tell you it's been a most excellent adventure for all participants! The four of them - along with a good amount of extended family - have cooked, gamed, hiked, eaten, explored, talked, played, and made many many unforgettable memories together!
Isn't that what family is all about?
Just wish I'd been there as well.
Photo courtesy of Mum Bum - wonderful pic, as always, mom!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Behold the glory of the very last of our Community Garden harvest for the year. Those peppers are all ours - grown in our community garden plot - and now becoming part of a wonderful stir-fry! (There are onions & garlic in there as well, but, alas, they are from the grocery store.)
We were supposed to have a CG clean-up day/pot luck lunch Saturday, but the weather forecast was so very very rotten, the whole thing was canceled. Guess what? Didn't rain much at all! Cold? Yes! But we could have gathered together. Weathermen called for a 90% chance of rain. on Saturday. HA! Wrong again! Today? We were supposed to have spotty showers...and it's rained all day. POOH!
I know there are peppers still clinging on, but they're not what they once were, what with all the cold weather we've had, and I'm not really sure they'll be harvestable by the time I can get to the CG plot. The weather's supposed (relative word there) to become warmer and dryer by Wednesday so I hope to be able to pull any last peppers, clear everything out and put my garden baby to bed.
It's been a very good first year, if I don't say so myself!
OOOOOPS! Though I used the proper ~we~ in the first part of the post, I didn't in that last paragraph. I certainly didn't mean to exclude my daughter Remy and her beau Timmy! They did as much work as I did getting this CG plot up and running! (Hey, I'm old, I forget, whadya want from me?!?!) A community effort in our community garden!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Stella is allowed to sleep on the couch...with (or without) her Baby.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I carried on and on a short time ago (go here) about how this fall wouldn't be nearly as colorful as last year. It is becoming painfully apparent, and more so every single day, I am going to have to eat a very large plate of crow.
That's My World Tuesday
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Monday, October 12, 2009
So Remy and I have been asking ourselves what in the HELL we were thinking planting all those pepper plants last spring. We must have planted at least 10 different ones. For GOD'S sake! Do you realize how many peppers we've already frozen??? And there's still more coming on. We're supposed to ~put the garden to bed~ by November 1st, but if there's still peppers clinging on, we're not doin' it! (By the way? They've been delicious, every one of those we've consumed!)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
expect irritation at times!
What? You think you're immune???
P. P. S. Major accolades to whomever can name the cartoon character that repeatedly said: "Curses! Foiled Again!" It has completely and totally escaped me. (And yes, I'm feeling very very old. In more ways than one.)
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
The weekend of the 17th, Fodor Farm's Community Garden is hosting our annual CG start-the-garden-plot-clean-up day at 1:00 pm, with a pot-luck to follow under our brand new pavilion. Can't believe how much progress has been made this year! Not only the new pavilion with new picnic tables, there's also a new lower garden shed that's fully equipped with all sorts of garden tools, one of three greenhouses has already been erected, an orchard is being planted, a post and beam barn is going to be added and the old farm house that's in front of the garden and is falling apart to the point that it's unsafe to go into, has been given a grant, thus a new lease on life, and is going to be completely refurbished! There's also a third clearing now - can't remember what that's going to be used for. It's been a wonderful first year for us, and we're certainly looking forward to next spring.
Now I just have to figure out the proper way to put the garden to bed for the winter months...and all must be done by November 1st. Do I fertilize, cover the plot in black plastic, till it now, etc., etc.? O dear...
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Saturday, October 03, 2009
I do believe my entire families', and I mean every single one of us, obsession with all things culinarily hot 'n spicy began with the wonderful times we've spent, either all of us together or in smaller family groups, on Grand Cayman (pre Ivan ~sigh~). Perhaps I'm wrong about the beginnings, but the bottom line is, out of our past came our family obsession with the heat of the glorious hot pepper.
For quite a few years now my parents have been growing many varieties of hot peppers and then at the end of the growing season, preparing, dehydrating and pulverizing them into glorious BumHot.
This entire process is certainly not for the faint of heart (or tastebuds) and takes a very dedicated, hot pepper-adoring individual or two. You must wear gloves to prepare the peppers or your fingers will burn for days. God FORBID you make the mistake of rubbing your eyes or nose. Or worse. Then the peppers must be dehydrated. It is impossible to walk into a house with dehydrating hot peppers without immediately bursting into tears. Hard to breath too. And the final step is to Cuisinart all the dried peppers into a suitable sprinkle-size pepper flake shake. This step makes sneezing take on an entirely new definition...as in never-ending.
But the end result? Simply glorious! All the different levels of hotness and intensity make for wonderful and ever-changing delightful bites of food. Just magical!
O brother Biilllllll?? Read on Twitter you've just dried your first batch of BumHot...um, a post with many photos are in order, yes? (Tweets will get you in trouble!)
BTW - We call it BumHot because our family name is BUMgarner...
Oh, and my nickname was Bummer during college.
Isn't that just wonderful??
Friday, October 02, 2009
"It'll be a beautiful 2009 Fall!" folks
are absolutely correct!
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