Monday, September 17, 2012

winding down

visiting the gardens/yard of the "old house" this weekend, i realized the season is winding down already.  the gardens/flowers past peak ...and dry, grasses gone to seed heads.  the purple asters signalling the end.  the beehives BUZZING with activity - stocking every nook and cranny in the hive with winter stores.

the DJINN tree (a gnarly old boxelder of many seasons that has fallen and regrown...and regrown) acknowledged me as i dug out onions.  (it "talks" as it's branches creak and moan in the wind).  for those of you who don't know me via facebook....i'm attaching an image of what it LEFT me a month ago.  this time (digging onions) - it reacquainted me with my hair cutting scissors - how it made it outside - i don't know!


a whole year

here we are almost back to the "pheasant hunting" post!

what have we done this year?  we've settled into our new business location and we're DONE - got PAVED - got GRASS growing.  scheduled the open house - working on my mailing list right now.

meanwhile WE MOVED HOUSEHOLD!  ok - still moving.  we started labor day weekend.  we moved the basement this weekend....and have the BEE/GARDEN house yet to go.  the BEES will move in the spring when there are less of them.

the person that bought ours...moved into a clean house.  we moved into (his)...and it needs work before i can call it home.  CLEANING foremost.  PAINTING - every room.  i've been doing it room by room.  the back right bedroom - cleaned, painted, windows "trimmed" with stain...and on my way out the door - ALL the hardwood - cleaned, paint removed and waxed.  so many of these rooms are missing the final course of wood flooring...and trim!  just never done in 25 years...  the wood pieces are stashed in the house - just have to be cut and applied.

we've been there three weeks and so far it has a new roof, new basement steps...and the DECK is going on this week.  as the excavator pulled the soil away from the house - i see that we're living in a sandbox!  sandbox...means...maybe good for potatoes and carrots...all those root stocks. (as long as i can get water and nutrient to the garden)

i don't think i'll be gardening yet come spring.  new land has to be opened up.  i'll want to watch the sun for a season to best LOCATE the garden....keeping in mind the water situation.

i'll be doing research on guinea fowl/chickens this winter.  i have my eye on an abandoned corn crib...for a roost i think.