#25 Samhain: the Final Harvest of 2017

And, here we are, coming up on Samhain, the final harvest, the beginning of fall and the turning of the year toward the dark time. There is much to be grateful for: the birth of new babies, the happy growth of others, the bounty of the soil, the love of family and friends.And there is much to mourn: the fires in our previous hometown and around California, multiple devastating hurricanes, the violence of mass shooting, the devastating diagnoses of dear friends, our countries disgraceful political and societal climate, to say nothing of our planet’s climate…reminds me of a meme shared by a friend on FB: Mother Nature’s response to climate deniers: “Here! Hold my beer!”

On the homestead, we have kept busy and I thought I would share some photos of what we have been up to over the summer.

DUSTY’S FLOWERS

JD and Dusty’s back yard has become an amazing flower garden. Dusty has a serious flower-thumb! And with the auto-irrigation JD installed and beautiful deer –repellent-flags hung all ’round, their yard is stunning.

Dusty took this beautiful photo of their garden at dusk!

So gorgeous, fresh and even when they dry out, they are still exquisite!

BARN UPDATE!

JD and I worked hard on cleaning the goat poop out of the upper barn, but we finally cried ‘uncle’ and brought our buddy Steve in with his tractor! Within two days he and Joe cleared, not only the ‘upper barn,’ but the large section below the ‘lower barn’ as well!

Remember these ‘before’ photos?

Well, here is the after photo! All clean and ready for paint!Lynnie found a metal spiral staircase on Craig’s list and we will be putting it between the main floor and loft so we can get up there easily!

 

NEW STAIRS TO GARDEN

In another project, we created steps from the driveway down to the garden from old 2×6 pieces we found on the property. Puts far less strain on sixty-some year old knees!! Reba supervised and is very proud of her work!

 

 

 

 

One of the best additions we made are the screen doors!!

They let so much lovely fresh air flow through in the evening! We LOVE them! Thanks, Steve!!

THE GARDEN!

We have, again this year, harvested tons of tomatoes and sweet peppers, as well as beets, corn and zucchini.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the growing season wanes, the toms need some window-sill time to ripen.

JD crocheted a cool bag for collecting garden produce AND eggs!

 

OUR GOLDEN GIRLS

Our Golden Girls are laying quite regularly now and we all enjoy the delicious flavor of fresh eggs!

 

Some are particularly interesting (check out the blue one) and are often ‘double yokers’.

 

 

 

 

 

A NEW VARIETY!

The surprise of the garden: a brand-new variety of squash, we call the ‘crumpkin’! Apparently, our last year’s crookneck squash and pumpkins cross-pollinated. The volunteers that grew from those seeds held characteristics that varied from bright orange crookneck shapes to elongated pumpkins, some smooth and others with crookneck bumps. Pretty funny looking!

Looking forward to making some pretty interesting Jack-o-lanterns with these guys!

 

 

THE BIG ECLIPSE

The day of the eclipse. The best view—achieved when JD held up the colander, but even through their fingers and through the trees, the crescent of the eclipsing moon over the sun could be seen!

 

Pretty cool, huh?

STRANGE CLOUDS

We have some of the most interesting clouds up here! Here are two examples.

 

Well, that’s the ‘haps’ around here–or at least some of them! 🙂

I hope your harvest time brought much to fruition and that love will  fill your hearts and lives and light the way through the coming months as we head into the dark time of the year!  OXOXOXOXO from all of us at the homestead!

THE HARVEST MOON

 

 

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  1. DOREEN

    IT IS SO WONDERFUL TO HAVE WORD FROM YOU! YOU (PLURAL) HAVE BEEN ON MY MIND, ESPECIALLY SINCE THE FIRES…WAS YOUR PREVIOUS HOME LOST? I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE…SIMONA IS WELL, STUDYING TO BE A PRACTITIONER AT PCSL. I, ON THE OTHER HAND HAVE GONE BACK TO MANAGING NURSES. I NOW CALL MYSELF “THE SAGE”. WE WILL VISIT WITH YOU IN THE NEW YEAR, HOPEFULLY. LOVE TO ALL. DOREEN

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