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Fall is Here!

Posted by mrssmythe on September 26, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Pollinators, Seasons |

Summer is gone, and now we are within the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” (as Keats would say). I think he sums it up rather nicely, don’t you? That is exactly how things have been around here of late – misty mornings and mellow fruitfulness. Enough fruit, in fact, to make a couple of apple pies from our first round of homegrown apples.

We might have had more, but CPT A was concerned about the limbs of our little apple tree being able to handle them all, and so culled a portion of the apples early on.

The apples – and the resulting pies – were delicious. Such a treat! It still seems magical to be able to grow things on our own trees and actually eat them.

Elsewhere in the yard, the pollinator garden is thriving. Here is how it looked at the beginning of the month:

And, it’s still going strong, though at this point, it’s looking decidedly less fresh. We’ve had a wonderful “crop” of butterflies and bees this year. Definitely more than last year. Here you see some visitors to the verbena.

And we’ve had more monarchs than ever before. I counted eight, total, one day. I think the population has risen in accordance with the increased milkweed in our yard.

In the backyard, a vigorous crop of jewelweed is meeting the needs of bees that don’t bother to come all the way up to the front.

 

On the vegetable front, we enjoyed a good crop of cucumbers this year, and now the pumpkins are almost ready to be taken off the vine.

The chickens have been poking around in the pumpkin patch, though, and have gone after some of the pumpkins, so the crop is somewhat scarred and battered.

In early summer, I grew lettuce and enjoyed being able to just gather my dinner salad each evening. I’m trying to recapture some of that fun, so I started another round of lettuce, this time in a container.

I really hope this works.

The weather is still nice enough to spend time crafting outside in the afternoons when I have a bit of time before starting dinner. The chickens and turkey (and guinea hen!) usually keep me company.

I’m working on a variety of projects right now, one of which is another blanket scarf (or “blarf”). This time, I’m using yarn remnants that fit into the “autumn” palette of the Color Me Beautiful book.

It’s a great project to work on while watching TV or a movie…or a great podcast, like the one put out by Fruity Knitting. If you’re a knitter, I highly recommend it.

I did start looking into Christmas gift crafting and thought maybe I’d put together some little mitten ornaments using a pattern I’d seen in a crafting magazine. I sat down one Sunday afternoon and got to work. Here is the result:

Isn’t it wee? It’s like a mitten for a squirrel.

As cute as it is, I’m not going to make another. It was very “fiddly” work and not at all relaxing or enjoyable. So, if you know of a squirrel who needs a single, navy blue mitten, let me know. I have one he can have.

From the dining room table, wondering if human-sized mittens might not make good Christmas gifts instead,

Mrs. Smythe

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