Fall colours

It's looking really gorgeous out there! My mother's "living fence" has a row of hawthorns (you can see some of their berries) on one side, and a mix of caragana and oak on the other. I got a picture of a larger oak at the far end of the row of trees, with elms above … Continue reading Fall colours

Fall Clean up: finally clearing the second tire planter

When we moved here, there were two tractor tire planters in the yard. One of them had been next to a willow for so long, it was actually damaged by the willow as it grew. You can read about what a job it was to clear that out here, and here. Thankfully, this one was … Continue reading Fall Clean up: finally clearing the second tire planter

Making hard crab apple cider; will it work?

Today was our first attempt at making hard apple cider. We are using the remaining apples from the one crab apple tree we have that produces the most amazing, sweet, delicious little apples, after using some of them to start an apple cider vinegar. When we first moved here and saw how many crab apple … Continue reading Making hard crab apple cider; will it work?

Making Crab apple cider vinegar: airlock or cheese cloth?

Last night, I procrastinated cleaning the dining room by starting the apple cider vinegar! 😀 I slightly modified the recipe I used last year, which you can find here. (Link will open in a new tab.) I started off by using one of my gallon jars to measure out apples from one of the 5 … Continue reading Making Crab apple cider vinegar: airlock or cheese cloth?