Sunday, June 27, 2021

I'm taking a walk around the gardens this evening.  Won't you join me?

The lettuces have been so delicious!  The leaf lettuce is about done but the bib and romaine are still doing fine.  

The lilies are starting to bloom now!

This balloon flower has started to bloom, too!

Some of the clematis are still sharing their happy faces.

The oak leaf hydrangea and the coneflowers complement each other nicely.

Even the cattails at the pond are pretty this time of year.

The full moon is rising over the raised beds.  

Thank you for joining me on our stroll this evening!                            

Wishing you a lovely evening,


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A Bit of Summertime and Some Sad News

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This has been a busy month.  I've spent quite a bit of time in the gardens.  Some of the veggies have started coming in.  The lettuces have been lovely and we've enjoyed some beets.  The peas are finished for the season but I'll be planting some for fall later in the summer.  Our green beans have just started to bear and Little Jack got to eat our first yellow cherry tomato!  J is grilling (pork steaks below) on the back porch!  Oh, summer is in full swing!

Jack and I visited my aunt recently.  She knew he loves tractors and other 'equipment' and bought him a little green tractor.  He was so enthralled with it that he held it all the way home along with his excavator!  Boys and their toys!

Earlier this month, I gave a presentation on some of my family history as part of the local historical society's Cemetery Tour.  They hold this every year or two to raise money and share some of our local history with the public.  There were six different stations with different stories at each gravesite.  This is the second time I've been asked to share.  Apparently, I made the local newspaper this time.
My great grandmother (pictured with her husband in the oval photo) lost her husband and two sons who worked the family farm within 5 years just as the depression hit (1932).  She was a savy business woman and was able to help her 2 daughters-in-law and 7 grandchildren through these trying years.  I'm fortunate to have the family photos and stories my dad (one of the grandchildren) told us.  It was interesting doing the research to verify all of his stories!  I has able to find death certificates, old plat maps and census records.  Writing one's genealogy in a narrative form helps bring ancestors to life.  You can better understand their tragedies and their triumphs.

Our DAR chapter enjoyed a Tea in one of our lovely historic gardens.  What a wonderful way to welcome summer and start meeting together again!  One of our ladies is quite the baker and shared her talents providing lots of delicious snacks!

I end on a sad note.  Our Sallie had an accident this past weekend and we had to have her put down.  Our hearts are very sad as she blessed us with her sweet self for 13 years.  Pepper is lost without her big sister.
This is how I'll remember her with her sweet smile and always being with J.  She loved being in the farm equipment!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit of our world.  I'm wishing each of you a blessed week!  Stay safe and healthy!