This morning, I was awakened by my husband, asking me if there was some trick to starting the washing machine. I think it was a rhetorical question. Our new washing machine, which we've had for only 2 1/2 months, simply stopped working. It won't turn on. Of course, my husband went through the usual check … Continue reading Frosty morning – and a rough start to the day!
It's working out to be a very unpleasant morning, weather wise! Thankfully, I was out earlier to do my rounds outside, so I could make sure the gate was open. We've got a septic company coming in to clean out our tank for the winter, some time this morning. Checking on the sunflowers this morning, … Continue reading Stripped bare, and heavy traffic day
We had another frost last night, and today is going to be distinctly chillier. We've already had a smattering of rain, which is supposed to continue off and on. Then, on the weekend, we're supposed to go above 20C again! The outside cats seem to be taking it in stride. In this weather, they will … Continue reading Cat crowd and sad sunflowers
So I had a few pleasant surprises this morning. And one not so pleasant. When I headed out to do my morning routine, I had a rush of outside cats come running as soon as I opened the door! And who was in the lead? Little Braveheart! She ran right up to me. She still … Continue reading Morning surprises, and is the hard cider okay?
I recently harvested the two biggest heads of sunflower seeds that were done blooming. They are now hanging in the basement to dry, where the birds can't get at them. As for the rest of them, we've got seed heads at all stages! Not all will have time to mature before the growing season ends, … Continue reading Stages of sun
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
I just couldn't resist sharing these photos! I'm happy to say that last night's frost seems to have had no effect on the sunflowers at all. The only leaves with frost damage that I saw were leaves that had first been broken by the high winds we had a few days ago. Right now, we've … Continue reading In the sun
More and more of the sunflowers are opening up, and today I spotted one that's different. Most look like this. Bright, sunny, mostly yellow with light oranges and greens around the developing seeds. Then there was this one. The camera actually lightened it up a bit. Compared to the others, this one looks almost black … Continue reading Dark Sun
The first seed head to blossom is already losing its little flowers! I think I should be able to harvest it and set it to dry at this point; at least that's what I've learned from my research. But would the seeds normally be this white? I think I'll leave it a bit longer. So … Continue reading Sunflowers progress
That first seed head that opened is getting pretty big! Quite a few more are starting to show yellow petals. It's nice to see more reaching this stage. I have no convenient way to measure, but I'd guess the tallest ones are reaching the 8 foot range. The heights are all over the place. Of … Continue reading Here comes the sun