It's that time of year
when we button up the hatches
preparing for a long cold winter.
I've been starting to clean up all of
the garden areas and bring in
the end of the harvest.
All of these spaghetti squash came
from four plants :)
Those on the ground I'm giving away,
and the ones in the cart are headed
to the well-house for winter storage.
I love them with butter and black pepper.
I picked some, not ripe yet, tomatoes
and put them in the well-house to slowly ripen,
out of the way of frost.
It keeps us in tomatoes through Thanksgiving :)
Speaking of the well-house . . .
on the building and on the fence where those two trellis are,
I've planted Trumpet Vines
and look at the petty chrysanthemums.
One of them looks just like a daisy :)
In the house I finally hung my
$10 yard sale mirror.
Remember the pretty little rug from
Nova Scotia that
our sweet neighbor brought me back from
They make such a pretty display in the fall.
This is what could be my last rose of the season.
These are African daisies.
They are from seed that my sweet
neighbor & friend gave me last spring.
They came up in yellow and orange
and I think that they will reseed themselves.
I love flowers that do that :)
We said that we were going to hold off
on building anymore of the back fence until next spring.
Well, we got the bug to work on it some more
and added another hundred feet or so.
This is that area in the spring
after we cut the dead tree down.
I was looking for before photos of that area
of our property and could not find many.
When things look bad and messy,
we just don't take photos of them, do we?
The grass was so high back there
that we borrowed a neighbor's goats to eat it down.
There was so much junk in that grass
that we could not see it, to get it out.
This is after the goats and
Steve brought a backhoe in to clear the junk.
That dead pine is the one we cut down.
Now I'm waiting for those shrubs to grow
and cover the mounds of dirt and small rubbish.
We still find small pieces of metal
back there when we plant and dig.
It is so much better now, don't you agree?
This has been a long post.
If you are still here, thank you.
I went to the doctor last week and
I'm going again this morning . . .
not feeling well, but on the mend.
Have a lovely week.
Your blogging sister,
Lovely flowers and pumpkins and garden projects!ReplyDelete
Here it has been snowing today.
I hope you will feel much better very soon!
Hi Sara, thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments and get well wishes. The doctor's report was very positive, I have a new prescription and I'm feeling quite optimistic. Thank you again, blogging sisters are so kind.Delete
Sorry to hear that you are feeling well, hope its nothing too serious and that you will be on the mend soon. You have made a tremendous difference to your back garden 100% improvement. Always nice to store some harvest for treats through the Winter. Take care.ReplyDelete
I feel great about putting things from the garden up for the winter. This country life is new to me, but I'm grabbing it by the horns and enjoying the ride, LOL.Delete
Hope you continue to get well Connie. What a lovely post with beautiful photos. Interesting to see you preparing for winter. what a great harvest you had!ReplyDelete
Hi Raewyn, my squash plants went wild. I could feed the whole neighborhood, LOL. Thank for your get well wishes, I truly appreciate it. I'm on the mend and I got a very positive report from the doctor :)Delete
I'm sorry you're not feeling well Connie. I've had a rough year too and can sympathize completely. The transformation of your yard is amazing. It looks so nice now.ReplyDelete
Hi Besty, this place had great bones but was very neglected and a little abused. We have been working nonstop for the two and half years that we've lived here, but it's home and we love it :) Thanks so much for your get well wishes. I am blessed to have people that care, thank you :)Delete
WoW! I can't believe all of those came from only four plants! Love looking at your pics!ReplyDelete
Grace & Peace,
I know . . . 4 plants, it's amazing! It makes me feel like I really know what I'm doing in the garden, LOL.Delete
Hi Connie! What a lovely colourful post and what a bumper crop of gourds! I need to buy my pumpkins for the front step and love them with the mums too!ReplyDelete
Enjoy your week!
Pumpkins and squash are both so much fun to grow. They just crawl all over the garden and you can almost watch them grow daily, LOLDelete
Hi Connie- You are so right- we rarely take pictures of 'ugly before' (unless we are bloggers)-lol Your fence looks great--what a difference that makes. Looks like you have lots to store and to give away. I hope your dr appt went okay today and that you are feeling better. Have a blessed rest of the week. xo DianaReplyDelete
Hi Diana, I always have a warm feeling when I see that you have visited. Your kindness and love for others shines, even through your comments. Thank you for the get well wishes, I truly appreciate them and you :)Delete
It takes a lot of work with such a big backyard. We use to live on an acre and spent a lot of time and money on it. I don't miss it at all. It's more fun to enjoy yours in pictures and let you do all the work! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Your right, it is a lot of work, but I enjoy it and I enjoy being outside. Thank you for your sweet comments and for being such a sweet blogging sister:)Delete
What a good idea to borrow the neighbour's goats to deal with the tall grass. That area looks so much nicer now.ReplyDelete
Glad you're feeling a little better.
Aren't those goats cute . . . I enjoyed having them here and kind of missed them a little bit when they left. Boy, can they clean up a field of grass!Delete
Hi Connie, I am loving your blog and will be back tomorrow for a proper read.ReplyDelete
Hello Cherie and "Welcome"Delete
It is always a pleasure having a new blogging sister stop by to visit :)
The goats did good work! : )ReplyDelete
Yes, a big difference.
You've been busy!
Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well, and hope you're back to health real soon.
Life has been busy since we bought this old place, but with every project it becomes even more "Our Home"Delete
I am on the mend and I had a very positive doctor's visit, thank you for caring:)
What a lovely colourful post, your chrysanthemums especially such lovely colours.ReplyDelete
You have been busy...
Sorry to hear you've been feeling un-well ... sending positive thoughts and hope you are feeling much better real soon.
All the best Jan
Hello Jan, thank you for stopping by and for sending such sweet get well wishes. I appreciate it so much :)Delete
Hi Connie, Sorry you are not feeling well. I wondered if you were sick. What a nice harvest you had to enjoy this winter. Your place really is looking nice. NancyReplyDelete
Hi Nancy, yes I had not been blogging much the last couple of weeks. I have done a lot of reading and napping though, LOL. Thank you for your get well wishes, they mean a lot :)Delete
Hi, Connie! I'm Nadezda and have read many of your interesting posts. It was a hard work to clear the yard and now it looks very pretty. I did the same, I found many rubbish as bottles, metal, old shoes, toys, etc, cleaning the ground for my future garden.ReplyDelete
Happy week, your pumpkins are so nice!
Hello Nadezda and welcome to my blog. I love meeting new blogging sisters from around the world. I visited your blog and saw your amazing maple leaf roses, they are beautiful :)Delete
Hey Connie! You've been busy and winter will be on top of us before we know it! I enjoyed seeing your progress. Those pretty squash and tomatoes! The flowers and the fence is looking great! I always love pumpkins and your porch is a favorite of mine! I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well but glad you're on the mend! Take care my friend! I've still not posted yet but maybe soon. The hurricane hit our area hard! We were out of power for 7 days. The water didn't flood us but we were stranded because of flooded roads. It was a real mess! Getting back to normal now though but some completely lost everything. Feeling blessed! The kids have all had upper respiratory infections- lots of coughing here but they're getting better slowly but surely. Thankfully my husband and I didn't get it. I guess that's about it Connie, miss you!!!ReplyDelete
Sherry, I am so sorry to hear about your experience with that horrible storm. Seven days is a very long time to be without power. Did you have options for cooking and lights? If we were without power we wouldn't have water neither, do to having a well. I am happy for you that you escaped the flooding . . . so many people lost so much. I do hope your children's respiratory infections clear up very soon. They are in my prayers.Delete
Glad you are feeling somewhat better. sometimes it takes more than one course of antibiotics to kick the bug (if that's what you're taking). Your photos are all gorgeous and love the bright fall colors.. the pumpkins, the mums, your beautiful yard and fence. It does look so improved since your tall grass photo! And I know how much work it must have been too. How neat to have your "well house" to store your vegetables! I just picked the last of my green tomatoes and will wrap them in paper and put them in a dark spot.. and then will have fresh tomatoes for Thanksgiving! Your garden is so pretty all cleaned up for the winter... mine still sits there looking very neglected and frozen... just haven't had time to go out and clean it up.. but will one of these days when we get a nice sunny day... we've had rain and clouds for a good week now here in central Oregon! It's OK... gives me some time for crafting... and to heal also from being sick the first of the month. You take care now.. rest... drink your tea and cuddle up with a quilt. MarilynReplyDelete
Hi Marilyn, I always enjoy reading your comments and through them I feel like I am getting to know you much better. I'm sure if we lived in the same town, we would be great friends. Thank you for your get well wishes. I saw a specialist yesterday and she put me on new medications . . . I'm actually feeling better already :)Delete
Good grief at the squash! Are you sure you haven't always been a farmer? You and Steve have really done a lot of work there. It is so pretty. Sure hope you're feeling better.ReplyDelete
I have found that spaghetti squash and pumpkins are so much fun to grow and probably the easiest crops to flourish and grow with little care. I would like to think that I have a green thumb, but I have got a lot to learn :) Thank you so much for your get well wishes; I truly appreciate them.Delete
You sure are making your acreage look tidy and well taken care of. I am sure it will look better and better every year. It sure can take a lot of work to take care of a place, can't it? Good job! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)ReplyDelete
It is taking a lot of work whipping this place into shape, but then it will always need work to be maintained. I love being outside and I am a believer in always having things to do. I've seen too many people my age retire and sit around and watch their health go south for lack of exercise. I like to eat, too . . . so the exercise is good for me, LOL.Delete
Sorry to hear your not feeling well, hope you start to feel better! Wow it looks like you have got a wonderful haul there, and your flowers are all still looking so pretty, yes it won't be long now and we will start getting frost and everything will be dying off.ReplyDelete
I know I love the time between early spring until the frost takes it all away. Around here we actually have a snowy winter (one that stays on the ground) about every ten years. Therefore; our winters are mostly brown and dead looking . . . a bit depressing. I'm planing on spending most of those days out in the Art Barn quilting. If I can't have a colorful garden, I'll make colorful quilts to brighten my brown winter, LOL.Delete
I so miss living in Washington this time of year.... (not the snow tho' lol!)ReplyDelete
Enjoy your Autumn...
That sounds like you moved from Spokane . . . they do get more snow there than we do. Sorry that I haven't been keeping up. It is great to have you visit, here's wishing you a beautiful day :)Delete
Connie I love a long post, you have been so busy and have so much to share. The goats were a great idea, I have heard of that before, they do a great job! I am so envious of all of your garden bounty, nothing better than fresh tomatoes. Your yard looks great with it's new fence, what a great idea to work a little at a time when the energy moves you! You are all ready...Bring on fall!ReplyDelete
Hi Carol! It has been a nonstop fixer-upper marathon since we bought this place, but it has all been worth it. Hopefully by the time Steve retires we will have it finished and then just need to maintain. Even though it has been a lot of work, we absolutely love out little country home :) It's great to see you blogging again!Delete
Harvest season is such a wonderful time of the year. It's when we see the culmination of all our summer efforts. Enjoyed seeing all your wonderful pumpkins and squash. We had some spaghetti squash just last week with my marinara sauce and fresh parmesan cheese on top. yummy! I hope that you are feeling much better now. Blessings to you. :)ReplyDelete
We like it with butter and black pepper . . . so good. It feels good to have food canned, frozen and out in the well house . . . I am feeling like such a farm-girl :) I think that I have my health issues taken care of and I am feeling much better. Thank you for your sweet get well wishes :)Delete
Wow, you sure have a bountiful harvest! We still have a few flowers left here in northern IL, too though I know we're on our last days. I am sorry you're not feeling well...please take good care of yourself!ReplyDelete
Hi Melanie, it is always a pleasure when you stop by to visit. Thank you for your get well wishes, I am feeling much better. We have been getting a lot of rain this fall, which is not our norm. We average 6 inches a year in our area and I think we are getting it all now. I'm hoping it gets rained out before freezing weather and it turns to snow :)Delete
I am jealous of your spaghetti squash it is one of my favorites! Looks like your garden was a producer. I hope you feel better soon:)ReplyDelete
I'm feeling my old self again, thank you for your get well wishes, I truly appreciate them. If you lived close I would be happy to fill up a box of squash for you :)Delete
Wow that's a lot of spaghetti squash! I love the well house. And you're right about the pictures of the messy areas. I've been working in my basement. HUGE mess. I took one picture yesterday, but like you, I won't show it until it's cleaned up. I'm working on it heavily right now as I might be hosting Thanksgiving and I'd like a place the kids could go hang out. Glad you are on the mend.ReplyDelete
Hi Cindy, thanks for stopping by. It is going to take you a while to go through all of your stuff and get settled in your new home. Doesn't it seem like there is always another job waiting right around the corner? I've found that inviting company always fuels my energy tank to get things done, that other wise might take me longer to do, LOL. Are you like that?Delete