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A week of lasts

October 29, 2008

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When the fall rains start in earnest, I won’t be seeing much flight of bees.  They are as busy as I am preparing for the dark days ahead.


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I’m glad there is something still blooming for them to work.  This broccoli can feed the pollinators first, before the turkeys get it. 


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The last corn to be put up.  The nights were so cool, the corn never really did develop it’s sweetness. 

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But no matter, it will still taste good this winter, in soups and … .

With two forest fires near us the last few days, we were on pins and needles.  This is probably the last week we can sneak up to the lookout and take in the spectacular view.  Smoky, but still stark and beautiful. 
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The view of Mount Hood and the Bull Run watershed from the trail on Larch Mountain.

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Mt Hood – 11,235 elevation. 

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Mt Adams – 12,276 elevation
From the Larch Mountain viewpoint you can see 5 volcanic peaks.  A simply stunning view.

Back to work
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I won’t be peeling tomatoes again until next year. 

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Nor, will I be roasting them either.  The last tomatoes, basil, and Walla Walla sweets went into this mélange.


The linden will lose it’s leaves if we receive a heavy rain.

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And this seed head will become a sodden clump of down.

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And this crocheting spider will have to close up shop.

It’s the time of year, when I won’t be able to wait to do a task on a dry day.  Once our rains start, they stay, and a dry day is a rare thing. 

I have to say that I hope I didn’t offend anyone with the post about growing your own food, or knowing where it comes from.  I realize not everyone has the space for a garden, or the desire to farm, but many people (my neighbors at least) live on acreage and do not even have a garden.  So that’s where I was coming from.  I appreciate each and every comment, and  will get to my part and answer them soon.  But first, I need to get my garlic in, and soil amendments applied, and pick more apples, and …. .

Working on posts about Harvesting winter greens, and assessing the condition of your family cow for winter.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2008 6:48 am

    I have found you, and I plan on stopping by often. What a great blog! Your posts are fun and informative.


  2. October 29, 2008 8:03 am

    Lovely pictures…

    These closing days of fall always make me wistful and a little sad that our busy, bright season is gone. I’m trying to look at this in a positive light (“oh how lovely! My beans will no longer control my life!”), but I find it difficult.

  3. October 29, 2008 8:34 am

    I haven’t read the comments to the grow your own post but I always enjoy your writing and never find it offensive- only very educational. It’s your blog – express yourself and go out on limb! If we all wanted mainstream, boring, plastic wrapped information we can always find it elsewhere.

  4. October 29, 2008 8:45 am

    Great post… I can feel autumn at my door!

    And remember… being offended is way too popular these days. Which is a shame, as it makes us so much more distant from each other. I miss the days when people were just people and if someone was offended, they simply sucked it up and said “oh, that’s just Meadowlark. She’s kinda weird that way” and went on with their day. 🙂

    Peace to you. And feel free to invite YoungSon if you ever need butchering help. He’s got a strong back and an eager mind. 🙂

  5. October 29, 2008 8:58 am

    that is the most beautiful spiderweb I have ever seen! We are saying goodbye here to fall too–everyday there is less to visit in the yard. Can’t wait for a fresh blanket of snow over it all.

  6. October 29, 2008 12:02 pm

    I love your pictures. This year was my first time. At saving tomatoes. I boiled the water and blanched the tomatoes. But getting the skin off was quit hot. Do you use a glove or wail till the tomato is completely cold to remove the spin. I put them in cold water. But maybe not long enough.

  7. JPS permalink
    October 29, 2008 1:50 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of lasts! How did you get such a close-up picture of that bee?

  8. October 29, 2008 2:44 pm

    WOW! What a gorgeous web she did spin!

  9. October 29, 2008 3:32 pm

    Great pictures….my favorite being the web!

  10. October 29, 2008 4:54 pm

    I think you probably have the best pictures on the net, beautiful. I’m gonna miss peeling maters too.


  11. Sarah permalink
    October 31, 2008 4:50 pm

    Good God, woman, your pictures are amazing. Have you looked into doing a calendar for 2009? I would buy one definitely. That spiderweb picture is frame-able… but then so many of your pictures are.

  12. November 1, 2008 9:35 am

    I see you live in Oregon, as I do. Beautiful photos.

  13. Rita permalink
    November 5, 2008 3:00 am

    We moved to Pittsburgh from Portland, OR 3 years ago. I do miss that view of Mt Hood.

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