and to be honest have been out of sorts for quite a while
I missed life while down..very humbling …lots of happenings in the garden and so much to do ..there are literally not enough hours and I do not have enough energy to get all the things I want to do done!
Birdman is building me an enclosed porch! I am so excited I will be able to sit out with my coffee on the worst of winter days ..enjoy my plants ..shelves house my the starts and tender perennials…
He says this is “practice for the greenhouse” ! A real live greenhouse/potting shed…it is going to be beautiful ..made with Starplates ..his project for next months check! (we have half of what we need) http://www.strombergschickens.com/starplate_building_system/starplate_index.php
More on that when it happens!
For now after what seemed like forever waiting for time to go by and my body to heal I wandered the garden and went for a ride in the canoe …two days of feeling good we shoved a summers worth of work and play into two days!
I have had the best year for sunflowers ..all colors, all sizes …and now the seeds are ripening the bird migrations have started …I just love sunflowers
some would see this as needed to be cut..I see this as a bird feeder
Ground cherries ..they taste like pineapple flavored tomatillos
I will plant several pots of these next year for sure!
The number of figs this year is a record for me ..however the flavor due to the lousy summer weather has been less than wonderful! ..Yesterdays flush of ripe ones tasted so much better ..but they need cooking or some lemon to bring out the flavor..I made a huge bath of fig bars that were to die for also a jar of figs in syrup .. ..one tree was stripped of ripe figs by my dogs!
Fig Cocktail ( I think I invented it but if not I am sorry)
shot of fresh fig syrup (recipe below)
shot of vodka or gin
spritz to taste with sparkling water or club soda
serve ice-cold with a piece of the fig in the glass
2 split vanilla beans
2 cups water 2 cups sugar (or honey) bring to a hard boil
4 cups (heaping) of quartered figs
put the figs in the boiling syrup and let cook over medium for one hour
pit bulls love big sticks
cool and store with the figs in the syrup for use over ice cream in drinks …in yogurt
I could not tell you how many of these adorable bug eating little guys live here ..they are tucked into all kinds of places ..the favorite being our eves
It has been AGES since the canoe hit water ..now is the time to recommence with favorite activities
what a great canoe guide!