Friday, August 26, 2011

Judgement day

Labor Day is upon us and it's time to decide which, if any, of the new (2011) plants will appear in the gardens next year -- or in the compost pile this Fall.  Click on the pic for the judge's decisions.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I've not been blogging recently.  So many things going on around here right now that, like the gardens above, my brain is in a thick fog most of the time.

Hopefully issues (personal and family) will be resolved and I'll get back to posting soon. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Coffee club

My (extremely generous) friend gifted me with his Canon digital camera, one that is far and away better than the old Olympus I'd been using for this blog.  What's he doing for pics?  Well, he's got an iPhone and honestly, it takes pics and vids probably just as good as the Canon, if not better.

I've been trying the new features on the Canon.  Not only does it take terrific still pics (refer to the blog header pic), but it also takes videos! With sound!!  Be still my heart!!!

Here's one of the short vids I've been experimenting with.  

This is my breakfast club.  I fill the feeder, toss out some bread crusts, get comfy in a deck chair and enjoy not only my morning coffee, but the furred and feathered company. The vid shows only a fraction of the usual action.  The pavement was practically wall-to-wall birds until I brought out the camera. 


Oh, there are a few squabbles and a couple of troublemakers (you know who you are, blue jays!), But I gotta tell you, this is a waaaaay better to start a day.  No commuter traffic or alarm clocks.  Just hot coffee and good company.  Retirement sure has it's perks! 

Monday, August 8, 2011


What a delightful surprise awaited me in the arbor garden this morning!

Click on the pic for the whole story. :-D

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Better late than never....

Finally, finally, finally!

I've posted a complete vegetable update on the Vegetable page.

Click on the picture for lots more pics and details.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bloodsucking swarm

Like a lot of you, the massive heat wave has put a big crimp in garden enjoyment this year.  And even when we catch a break (like the big rain 2 weeks ago), it turns around and bites.

The only way to endure even the least of garden/veg maintenance this summer is to get outside around dawn before the world turns into a blast furnace or dusk, when things simmer down.  But lately, it's absolute he!! to foray out even at those times.  That big rain allowed mosquitoes to breed in incredible numbers.  Now they have hatched and they are all OUT FOR BLOOD!  MY blood!

The first time I went out (since the hatch) I innocently showed up at the veg bed in shorts and sleeveless.  *swat*  Hey!  *swat swat*  OUCH!  *SWAT SWAT SWAT*   Holy crap! I couldn't even hold the hose else I would have probably beaten myself to death with the wand.  I dropped everything and RAN for the house. *slap*  I was absolutely covered in welts.

The next day I geared up: long sleeve shirt, jeans, boots, gloves, hat.  I tried again.  But oh man they swarmed my face and neck!  Another run back to the house.  I grabbed a big square of nylon net that I use to cover veg sprouts and (go ahead, laugh) draped that over my hat/head and tucked it into my collar. I could do a few chores, some watering, and collect the veggies.  Even then those suckers bit me where the netting laid right on my skin.  Also it wasn't long before I was as hot and steamed as a baked potato.  *pant*  Back to the house post haste!

August 1, 2011 harvest
So that's how it's going these days.  Quick, overdressed forays out for the most minimum work.  In fact, I make a list of what absolutely HAS to be done before I even open the door, because once I come back and get all that gear off, unless something is actually on fire, I'm sure not going back out that day!