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Images of fall

I seem to be low on time and content for my blog lately so today I decided to have a look at my camera’s memory card for inspiration. 

The theme?  Fall.  Though there are no pictures of the turned foliage (yet), I found a few scenes that are undeniable symbols of chillier weather, shorter days, and the harvest. 

Mums.  Everyone from Walmart to the mom-and-pop shop down the street are selling mums this time of year.  Pair them with corn stalks or hay and a few gourds and you have fall decorations for your porch. 

   

 

Herb harvest.  I love harvesting anything from my gardens but there is something so down-to-earth, so granola, so green about clipping, drying, and then using your own herbs in your cooking.  I had a pretty good yield for herbs this year, with the exception of basil (which does not seem to like my thumbs, no matter how green).  I love that pic of variegated sage. 

 

Vegetable harvest.  If I’m speaking of harvest, I have to mention the 5 hours of washing, cutting, blanching, and bagging carrots that I did last week and that caused the palms of my hands to turn orange (the pic doesn’t do it justice… we have a big sink).  It’s completely worth the effort when you’re carrying 20+ meal-sized bags of carrots to your freezer and can look forward to blending those up for your yet-to-be-born infant. 

I have no pics but the other item that was plentiful this year (and every year) was zucchini.  I swear zucchini would grow if you threw the seed on pavement and just walked away.  And I can’t seem to find the balance between too much and not enough for just hubby and I.  I always end up grating, bagging, and freezing it for things like zucchini bread, cake, and muffins. 

                  

Glads or Gladiolus.  Another fall flower, .  I only planted these (red and cream colored) this spring so I’m hoping they do better next year.  They’re tall and top-heavy so I also need to figure out how to keep them from falling over in the wind. 

A few days ago I was driving home from work on a highway lined with fields and working crews.  The smell of dirt being worked wafted into my car and it took me back to the days of working in the fields, digging potatoes out of the ground with my hands.  I thought if there was one smell that could represent this time of year, that must be it.  

Except for losing daylight and having to put away the sandals (I haven’t given in yet), I really love this time of year.  I’m hoping the impending storm Kyle doesn’t beat the leaves off the trees before we can get out for a hike and get some pics to share.

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I heard about this method of growing tomatoes for the last couple of years.  I guess you could say curiosity finally got the better of me. 

Upside down tomatoes. 

I am sure this was invented by someone living in a cramped city with nothing but a 5 x 7′ patio for garden potential since it would be perfect in that situation.  Despite our 5+ acres, I decided to try it this year because it just seemed cooler than planting them in the ground and fighting with those damned tomato cages (although I do have a bunch of those too). 

I have two Tiny Tim plants hanging:  one red and one yellow.  I can’t wait to see the results. 

Click here for directions on growing tomatoes upside-down.  I decided not to bother reposting them since there are already so many articles just like it, so just look around the ole interweb.  (I like this one in particular because of the pics). 

I will make the following notes/suggestions: 

  • Use a smaller tomato like grape, cherry, or roma tomatoes
  • I just used old nursery flower pots; many sites suggest using 5-gallon buckets.  I’m hoping mine are big enough but if there wasn’t some question, it wouldn’t be an experiment, would it? 
  • Use a really strong twine (that sucker’s going to get heavy when watered)
  • Use two people when setting up
  • Make sure you have a really sunny place to hang it before you start… tomatoes need sun and maybe you don’t even have a place for it. 

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This is my second time in Boston.

The first time I drove my car.  This time I flew direct from Boston in a noisy, bathroom-less 20-seater prop plane and got a rental car (G6 with a sunroof… niiiice).  I’m still not sure which one I preferred but ask me after my flight home when I connect in Halifax.  Yeee-ah. 

Last year my friend told me I would regret taking my car because driving in Boston is suicidal.  To Q I say, “Get Bent!” (in the nicest possible way, of course).  Driving, no matter where or how busy, just doesn’t bother me.  There is something extremely satisfying about getting around a strange city with very little issues.  A good sense of direction helps, I suppose.  I only have the evenings so I have to make the most of them… tonight I ended up downtown at … oh, about 4:55 pm. 

Tonight I walked around the Boston Commons and nearby downtown (Washington street, etc).  I stumbled across the Public Gardens when my feet were tired and that nagging blister on my fourth toe was screaming at me.  It was so beautiful I just had to keep walking.  It’s amazing to me how a few acres in the middle of downtown can be so serene. 

Here are a couple of my favorite shots from the Commons…

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I will admit that I got a little turned around on my way out of the city … but just a little.  I ended up behind a BMW while going through chinatown and thought, “Well he HAS to be heading toward the Mass Pike”.  Sure enough… next turn… thank you little beamer!   

Tomorrow night?  Italian food in the North End.      

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Instead of planting my garden like I should have last night, a few beers on the deck while sitting in the sun translated to heading to the lake for a paddle.  Brian paddled and I took pictures of our friends’ flower gardens that are just starting to bloom.  Here are a few of my favorite ones… the rest are here http://www.sendspace.com/file/ecfasj along with a few kayaking pictures. 

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The highlight of the evening was the potato gun, something I’ve heard of before but never witnessed.  It’s amazing what a spark and some hairspray will do!  Here are a few pics.  There rest are here  http://www.sendspace.com/file/2e65gx, including a 7-photo sequence where you can see the flight of the potato! 

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Joe, we definitely  need to get this out when you come home this summer!  We already plan to incorporate some sort of potato gun fun into the “Jugs on the Lake” celebration later in July. 

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