Friday, December 23, 2016

Sad News

I hesitated to write this post now, so close to the holidays.  My blog break will likely extend a bit longer than I originally thought - and the reason for this is that my dad passed away this month.

He was diagnosed with cancer 7 years ago and there have been many ups and downs since then but, overall, he was doing quite well.  However, things got progressively worse in the past year.  He was hospitalized numerous times and each time we thought "this is it".  But then he would improve, and be well enough to go back home.  We knew that, at some point, this would no longer be the case - but this didn't stop us from hoping that he would once again pull through.  You are never truly prepared when the time comes, are you?

My mom is now alone and, as an only child, I will be the one to support her, both emotionally and in the more practical aspects of day to day life, many of which my dad was previously responsible for.  It will be an adjustment for everyone but things will get easier with time, as they always do.

This photo was taken back in the 70's on one of the hundreds of camping trips we went on:

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Those are some of my fondest childhood memories.  It was a rare summer weekend when we stayed at home. Photos like this are difficult to look at now...but at some point, I know they will bring more smiles than tears.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Harvest Monday - November 28, 2016

I don't really have anything to report for Harvest Monday this time round, except for a last batch of broccoli.

The picture?  It's at home.  I forgot to upload it to my laptop before I left this morning.  Once I get home, I'll remedy that right here:

Monday, November 14, 2016

Harvest Monday - November 14, 2016

It's Harvest Monday and there's not much to report this week....two harvests and one addition to the tally that I had completely forgotten about.

Half of the leeks remaining in the bed were harvested, photographed here after being trimmed and rinsed:

Jolant (left); Lancelot (right)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November Update

The end of the season is here.  I don’t know what it is but every year, I think that I’ll be done cleaning up the garden and getting things organized for next year by the beginning of October.  And then it’s mid-November and I’m still at it.  We’ve had a relatively mildish fall with some chilly days and some warmer days and we’ve taken full advantage of any good weather to get as much done as possible.

There are only a few beds left in production:

Lettuce - still quite small so I keep waiting...

Monday, November 7, 2016

Harvest Monday - November 7, 2016

Since I missed last Harvest Monday - with Halloween it was just so busy and I didn't really harvest that much aside from the carrots - this time round there are 2 weeks worth of harvests.  Well, actually, a few of the "harvests" were from a few months ago and I only now got around to cleaning them up and adding them to the tally.

First up in these "old" harvests was the garlic, which I had to get in the ground last week:


Monday, October 24, 2016

Harvest Monday - October 24, 2016

We are almost at the end of October and, bit by bit, the garden is being cleared out.  There are now only a few beds left from which to harvest:  Swiss chard/lettuce; kale; broccoli; carrots/parsnips; bunching onions.

The Swiss chard will likely be pulled soon as it's barely growing in the cool fall weather.

Chard & lettuce bed

Monday, October 17, 2016

Harvest Monday - October 17, 2016

The big addition to the tally this week was the squash.  I had actually harvested them the week before but didn't have time to clean them up and include them in last Monday's tally.

Coming in first place was, not surprisingly, the butternut squash - 12 squash were harvested from 2 plants:

Butternut Squash