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
While tending the garden beds where we have the beets and carrots, I was looking into the area behind it. It had been part of the plan for this past summer to clean up further into there, and I was thinking of what I might still be able to manage this year, while we have … Continue reading Look what I found
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
We had a light frost last night, and have frost warnings for tonight, but today was a gorgeous day to get work done outside! We reached a high of 15C/59F, which is an ideal temperature, I find. The first thing on the list was to work on the platform bird feeder. It has been just … Continue reading Fall Clean Up: the platform bird feeder
Since the wind broke the one crab apple tree, and I ended up tying it off, rather than cutting it away, I've been keeping a close eye on it since. Check it out. Can you tell which part was broken? There isn't even a single wilted leaf on it! It still might not survive the … Continue reading Crab apple status
Let's start by enjoying this lovely photo I was able to get this morning. There were two bees on this sunflower, busily pollinating! A nice, cheerful burst of sunshine. I feel like I need it right now. I had intended to use my mother's car to run some errands in town today, just to get … Continue reading Appreciate the beeauty
What a difference a day makes! This is how the crab apple juice looked, right after we got finished setting up the fermentation. This is how they looked this morning. The photo does not do justice to how bright the colour is! When I was checking these last night, the tops were full of dense … Continue reading Hard crab apple cider: Getting clear
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?
Yesterday's high winds knocked quite a few branches down. This one would have landed on the tent, if it had still been there. We haven't figured out what to do with the tent yet (other than keep the canvas parts). You can see two of the metal pieces that broke. On the table is the … Continue reading Wind damage and salvaged apples
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?