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Friday, July 29, 2011

It's ma birthday!

Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday Dear Sheri... Happy birthday to ME!!!
So.. since it's my birthday.. Guess I'll show you my birthday present :) This is Jumpy George, I rescued him from the humane society today :) He is the sweetest bunny, cuddly and gives kisses too! Not only is he an awesome pet, but he'll also be handy helping with the garden. :) He seems kinda old, and looks almost exactly like our old bunny Floppy Fred. They have very similar markings.. Fred escaped and has been a stray bunny for years... this bunny was turned in as a stray a few weeks ago...
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Wanna see my garden? Of course you do!
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My out front peas have sprouted!
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I think a pumpkin has snuck itself into my box garden... prolly gonna have to pull this huge thing.. before it wrecks my squash.
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This doesn't look like a baby squash to me..
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See the difference between my heirloom tomato and my roma.. the Roma is on the right..
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One of the tomatoes on that heirloom is gargantuan! Maybe it is siamese quintuplets or something
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It looks like something is eating my tomato plant.. this didn't look like this yesterday.. any idea what?
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I can barely see the house past the corn now. This is Strawberry Popcorn.. supposed to be 3-4 feet high.. someone forgot to tell it to stay short!
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My beet challenge beets are doing well.
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The imposter in the box garden.. doesn't look the same.. looks like a pumpkin leaf..
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Popcorn!
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Amazes me how much variety in height there is in the popcorn box garden
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And to end things on a warm and fuzzy note.. flowers :)
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Life as usual, oh.. and a cottage trip :)

Well.. this weekend started out with a girls lunch out with my bitty girl on Friday.. I took the girlie out to the Mandarin for some lunch.. I wanted Sushi pretty badly.. she HATES seafood.. so this was the best option... The food was good as usual.. but the Shirley Temple she got was to die for!
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At some point after we got to the cottage Andrew got ahold of my camera and they took these shots..
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The next morning the kids were out on the lake in record time!
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These flowers grow everywhere but at my house.. and I love them.
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The kids had to use the pedal boat next
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Drew fell in a few times just to make Tisha laugh.
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Apparently Uncle Gene has been keeping better track of Drew's growth than we have.. and so now we know that in the last two months the boy has grown about an inch.
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This is the view from the A frame cottage.. what a nice view to wake up to in the morning!
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Tisha and her cousins Eve and Gillian were busy doing manicures.
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The boys, on the other hand, were catching crayfish, I can only wish that they had caught some big enough for me to eat..
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Not sure what these flowers are.. but they seem to be some sort of Orchid. Comment if you know what they are please!
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I was also in love with the water lilies up there... Some of the small lakes are just covered in them.. only a few near the cottage though.
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Apparently there is a huge snapping turtle living nearby.. and he likes to eat clams..
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Going from huge to small.. I present to you what is possibly the cutest little pine tree... I think..
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Before heading home Tisha enjoyed playing in the water for a little while.
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Also.. did I mention I think dragonflies are cool?
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On the drive home we passed this "shoe tree", I find the concept rather strange and insane.. but it's cool to look at.. I have no idea how something like this starts... but there are hundreds of shoes nailed to these trees...and one bra.
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This is Somerset Tract... Seems to be a man made forest..
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Also drove past this Eyrie (?) eagle nest thing up a pole... there were babies inside and we did see momma bird leaving.
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And just in case you came here to see pictures of my food.. When I got home I had 5 little tomatoes ripe and waiting for me and apparently it has rained! So today's lunch was a small batch of bruschetta!
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Friday, July 22, 2011

The sunflowers are opening!

So.. just gonna post some pics before taking a weekend off to head to the cottage and get out of this ridiculous heat wave. I was out watering the garden this morning.. because it has not rained here enough to mention in about a month.. I must say I am really grateful for the amount of leaf in my soil right now because it really hangs on to the water I put there. Leaves are one of the most absorbent things you can add to your soil, even better than peat moss! Last fall we managed to add about a million bags of leaves to the garden, so my soil is awesome. I didn't really occur to me just how awesome it was until I was trying to plant some flowers out front in that cement block I call my front flower bed. The soil there is SO different from what I have in the veg garden now. Inspired me to start adding more compost and manure to the front beds as well. Anyhoo.. on to the picture show!

This impressed me.. Some of my tomato plants have reached the top of their 6 foot spirals! These are the Cherokee Purple that I expected to not do as well as the Roma's that I planted for bulk..
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and a view of the garden from where I usually take the pics at the back corner.. just to get an idea of how big everything is getting. Notice that my sunflowers are now almost completely blocking my use of my clotheslines.. I won't make THAT mistake again next year.
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Now THIS little miniature tomato plant is possibly, no.. definitely..., the cutest plant in the garden. Notice how it is being dwarfed by blades of grass and carrots.. yet she is still pumpkin out little tomatoes! Those are cherry size tomatoes growing on a plant that is about 6 inches tall!
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Now.. this is just sad.. this is one of my Roma tomatoes that was supposed to be giving me the bulk of my harvest to make up for the lesser productivity of the heirlooms.... (they are proving that wrong this year.. I think last year just sucked)
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This is another Roma.. that sucks
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In comparison... my heirlooms are doing ridiculously well! So I guess I shouldn't complain.. because they have far superior taste anyways.
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I'm guessing that this is a Black Prince tomato just getting ripe. I hope so.. they make awesome sandwiches.
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The corn is fully tassled and getting little silks all over the place! Notice that it is now dwarfed by the sunflowers.
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My happy discovery this morning is that the sunflowers are starting to bloom! The sad part is that the neighbour I planted these for (she liked them last year) has moved away :(
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See the problem I have with the clothesline? Can't hang anything longer than a t shirt on there now!
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Now THIS is my fave pic of the day.. my pink lillies have opened! I LOVE these!
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A pic of the box gardens so you can see how they're coming along.. That tall stalk of corn is getting tassles today too :) Impressive considering it was planted two weeks after the others.
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I had no idea that I had these coneflowers in white AND purple!
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