Monday, December 21, 2009

Snow !

Just a few pictures taken after the snow stopped. We only got a few inches, but it was quite wet, sticky snow and just hung on every branch to make it truly a winter wonderland all over the gardens. Although these are color pictures, most of them after the first one look more like black and white. How odd to have so little color in a garden.
I'm going to start a series on medicinal plants in January. Stay tuned.

Friday, December 11, 2009

I'm still here!

I've been feeling guilty about not writing every day (or every month for that matter) lately. I got a note from Sylvia in England yesterday checking in to be sure I was all right and so here I am this morning with a short note.
We had a very long fall with an extremely late frost, and with so much to do outside, we were starting very early and working late. I am thankful for the extra time to get things done, but the long hours were really exhausting, expecially because some of it involved cutting down trees and cutting and splitting some for firewood (and stacking a few cords of wood for the winter) and then many days of hauling brush out of the gardens. Most everything on the 10 acres got weeded, even some places that have been sort of neclected for several years. I'm really pleased with what we got done, but it cut into my computer time a lot. I still don't have our new catalog up for next year, so I've promised myself to get that done this weekend, now that cold weather is starting to keep me inside.
In addition to all of the outside work, I had another project keeping me busy. A shop in town is taking my hand made teddy bears and dolls on consignment, so in addition to everything else, I was squeezing in a couple of hours of sewing every day. I finally quit that just before Thanksgiving since I think I had enought made, and I really needed to get the things made for my grandbabies for Christmas.
So, you see, I've not been lazing about watching soap operas and eating petit fours.... My plan right now is to spend the next few weeks sorting and labeling several thousand photos that I took this past year and to start organizing things to write here. Expect me back for the season no later than January 1st. Not exactly a New Year's resolution, but it seems like a good way to start off a new year and a new gardening season.