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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Last harvest

Well, the Little Garden That Could is pretty well done for the season.  Will be interesting to see what the lettuce and beets do, but without warning, we hit 36 degrees on Friday, November 4th.  That was enough to do in all the plants.  The leaves on the tomato plants that are leaning up against the brick wall of the house are still alive, and the tomato plants are still full of green tomatoes.  It will be interesting to see what, if anything they can do now that the temps are mild and relatively warm again.  We got such a late start, and despite keeping it watered every day, the oppressive heat this year just made everything shut down until the 100+ temperatures finally broke.

Here's a picture of our last harvest...this is actually only about half of it.  Makes a pretty picture though - and HEY the sink isn't full of dishes for a change!  J

Still doing plenty of dead tree clearing on the homestead.  Almost have them all down in our home site location...now to cut into logs and clear the brush/branch debris. 

Had a run in with the neighbor's bull and "his girl"...they were looking for a room - ON OUR PROPERTY!  He only had one thing on his mind and he crashed through the gap in the fence and charged us.  We had to go to some lengths to encourage him to go back from whence he came...ask us about it some time and will tell you our story.  Let's just say you should always be prepared and ready to handle anything that can come your way out in the "wild".  Our little neighbor dog Natty...well she was with us of course and she was a fierce defender twice while dealing with that bull and cow!  Such loyalty from a dog that's not even ours, but boy was she willing to help defend us and our property.

There's a section of fence along that back corner that hasn't been kept up in probably about 50 years.  Needless to say, repairing that section has moved way up on the priority list.  In the meantime, we blockaded the gap with some downed tree trunks and several stray pieces of barbed wire that were lying around (why would you leave barbed wire laying all over the ground for humans and wildlife to get caught on??!!).  So that little improv repair served several purposes.

Seriously, HAVE to turn off the darn boob tube and computers over the coming weeks and get serious about getting Christmas gifts made.  Only have one finished - the loom knitted scarf for one of my nieces.  (I never did get a picture of that on here...)  Need to get the other one done.  Again, not professional knitting.  But the one that's finished is cute even though it curls...kind of makes it look dainty and feminine...at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.  It was made with much love...that counts for a lot, doesn't it? J

Well, until next time, worms and bees rule! (And so does Natty for taking our side!!)

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