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Finally Here

November 25th, 2015

We woke up Monday morning to an inch and a half of snow. It was beautiful, though I had a few chores that were more difficult because of the snow. I’m already loving how nicely the boxwood looks in the winter, the structure it adds is just what I was hoping for.
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With the snow came the cold weather, temperatures are starting to dip down into the teens at night. The duck pond needs a heater, as does the waterer in the chicken coop.
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This time of year, the freezing of the ground makes me move on towards other winter chores, mostly cleaning out chicken/duck coops and getting them set up for the winter. I’m always thankful for the lovely nutrient rich mulch provided by this chore. Usually it’s used on a newer area in the garden. It makes a fantastic week free bed come spring. After these chores I’m finally finished up for the year with a few weeks to spare, now it’s time to plan next year!

What end of the year chores are you finishing up?

Friday Favorite: Sunrise

November 13th, 2015

It’s interesting that at certain times of the year I notice sunrises and sunsets more than at others. This time of year the sunrises become the highlight of my morning. Perhaps it’s the fact that the leaves are gone from the trees allowing for a wider view, perhaps it’s that the sun rises right in front of the house instead of over to the east where I can’t see it as much.
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I suppose it doesn’t really matter why I notice it this time of year as long as I continue to do so. I love sitting in one particular chair letting the golden light shine in my eye while I drink my morning coffee.

Do you notice sunrises/sunsets more at certain times of the year?

Ahhhh…..

November 5th, 2015

Last year we got a foot of snow on November third, this is what it looked like outside my window.
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This year it’s so nice outside I’m still wearing flip flops while I work in the garden!
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Other years have been similar to this one, I’ve been able to work in the garden without it being too cold. Last year we were caught completely off guard with the foot of snow. This year I’m glad it’s still seasonable enough to continue working in the garden. All the animals are also loving the beautiful weather!

What’s the weather like in your garden? early snow? warm weather? normal?

Rain, Sweet Rain

August 19th, 2015

It’s been dry here in Maine like it has been in other parts of the country. During half of June, all of July, and half of August we didn’t get much rain at all. A tenth of an inch here, a tenth of an inch there, it didn’t even add up to an inch.
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Then we got three inches in one day, which is a lot, all at once, but I’ll take it!!! It looks like we’ll have a lot of rain over the coming week, which is great because the apple trees are all wilted and drooping heavily with fruit. Hopefully my fall crops will certainly appreciate it, I’ll be out planting them tomorrow in preparation for a good rain.

How’s the rain situation in your garden?

Bring on the Weather

July 29th, 2015

One thing I always loved doing when I was younger was watching thunderstorms with my dad. We’d sit on the railing of the balcony or on the porch and watch the storms roll in. It was always so much fun. Lately, we’ve been having a lot of storms around here.
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Yesterday evening, I was standing on the front rocks watching them roll in, feeling the refreshing rain after a really hot day working in the garden. At first, I thought the storm was going to skirt up, a few giant raindrops were hitting the rocks. Then I felt the hail start pelting my head.
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My mom hates storms, she doesn’t like them one bit. In fact she was never out with us watching the light show or enjoying the thunder. Yesterday we had quite a rumbler roll through. In fact we got hail twice, once at 4:30 am, which had me jumping out of bed and running outside in my pajamas to cover up my tender seedling. The second time was right after dinner. Weather perfection!

Do you like thunderstorms? or would you rather stay safely indoors?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.

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