lots of digging and dumping, but in the end? the fertile soil is 2 feet deep (in most places) and our garden has almost doubled in size. we'll add some more next year as well. so refreshing after continually trying to amend the cape cod "dirt", which is mostly sand and rocks with a little clay interspersed for good measure::
from rainbow cakes to this. oh relentless briars, what did i ever do you to you?::
every year they try to reclaim their territory. and this is precisely the time of year to fight back, when they are the only green - before the woods follow suit. easy to find. not so easy to rip up. i'm almost through, and with only minor slashing this time around. i will not use herbicides, i will not use herbicides, i will not use herbicides. hope you all have something much more enjoyable going on this weekend. i'll see you back here on monday, band-aids and all.
the needles are dropping on my favorite tree, many of them with the help of owen and bella. those lower branches are very well loved. even little lu got in on the branch shaking/needle shower action, after ditching bella's "pretty shoes"::
she refuses to don any footwear that isn't her sisters! it has begun!! meanwhile, the other girls are enjoying what might be their last feeding of the season, depending on the weather::
mmmm, two to one sugar syrup! the hive is heavy, full of honey and sealed tight with propolis, ready for the cold. the cold which seems to be taking its time getting here. not that i'm complaining but, c'mon, its almost december!
yesterday was cool. as in the weather. just cool enough to start thinking about knitting again. knitting larger things than socks, that is. long story short, i started a sweater pattern for little lu::
you've got to love a pattern that starts with five inches of garter stitch. no thought process necessary....just my style. shortly after my 30th row, bella and i took a walk around the yard to check the status of things, which is always interesting as i have completely disregarded my weeding responsibilities this summer::
it appears that all is well. no harm done, and at this point it will be easier to let things compost this fall and then start fresh with the weeding next spring. sounds like a plan to me!
yesterday was the most beautiful and perfect solstice day to date for this crew. not a cloud in the sky, and just enough of a cool breeze to keep things comfortable. in our attempt to create all things circular, we turned our path into a sunscape::
made daisy chains and wreaths::
and picked the first batch of lavender for drying (not exactly a circular activity, but we made it work)::
we also took some time to go down to the lake and splash around. and just about everyone, after eventually climbing out of the water, stretched out on the dock and sunned themselves through and through. o, true to form, was too busy trying to catch minnows!