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Wet Summer Days

We have had so many rainy days this season that I am starting to feel like we live in a  rain forest. The ground has been so consistently wet that we cannot mow the fields and at this point the grass is up to the hips on our Labrador. Last night it rained so hard that parts of the road at the bottom of the hill were washed out and road that runs on the back side of the hill was completely closed because the river that runs under the lower 1/2 mile or so breached its banks.

The good thing is that we have not had to water the vegetable gardens the entire season. The not so good news is that our kayaks have not been in the water this season our driveway is starting to become littered with deep water gouges and a few trees have fallen due to wet roots. Looks like we may have to have stone hauled in again this fall, and once the fields dry out take a chainsaw up to the back field and cut a couple of the trees into rounds that can be split for next years fuel.

The other good news is that the fruit trees and most of the vegetable beds are loving all the wet weather. I wish I could say the same thing for the ornamental shrubs and flowers… but then again there is always net year… But then again the blueberries are just about ready to pick and we are on our second planting of spinach and kale…

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Update: end of our driveway is now washed out and the road is closed at both ends of the hill. Had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up the house. What a lovely summer…

driveway washout

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Memorial Weekend 2013

This holiday weekend has to be one of the strangest that I can remember.

Up until this weekend we have had lovely warm weather that allowed the perennials to grow and many to come into bloom, and the fruit trees and bushes to bloom — attracting bees that helped fruit to start to form.

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Flower in bed at the side of the house

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High bush blueberries at the front of the pasture

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Plantings at the top of the driveway

Cherry tree starting to form fruitCherry tree starting to form fruit

Even the Easter cactus like all of the sunshine

Even the Easter cactus like all of the sunshine

We had great plans for the weekend. We had invited a friend down to  to kayak Grafton Pond, one of favorite quiet water spots for the weekend and had grands plans of spending the entire weekend on or around the water.

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Fortunately, we did spend the weekend around water, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite as we had envisioned.  As luck would have it we had heavy cold rains all weekend, and to my surprise we even woke to snow this morning.

May 26, 2013

May 26, 2013

My main concern with the snow fall last night  (which the weather service did not predict) is the open garden bed and fruiting tress. The plants in the flower gardens had wither bloomed or were in bud, but are now laying on the ground under the heavy, wet snow. The seeds in the uncovered vegetable beds had just started breaking through the ground and fruiting trees and bushes, which now have branches reaching for the ground had started forming fruit. Fortunately, we did close the doors on the cold beds and the greenhouse so that the items in them are safe from harm.

Although this weekend provided some interesting weather it was not a total loss. We changed our focus from the outdoors to working on some craft projects. Amanda got back to a loom beading project that she has been working on for time — not really sure how she can work with all of those small delica beads — but then again we each have different talents…

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Beading a sea otter from a picture she took in AK

And I spent the weekend making some progress on two quilting projects — the wolf and flying geese quilts.

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Started sewing down the applique pieces on the units. Next is to sew all the units to the template.

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All blocks completed for the center of the flying geese quilt

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Started marking the pieces that will create the ends of the sashing units that when sewn together will from stars between the blocks

Although the weekend was not as planned. It was nice, relaxing and rejuvenating. As Erma Bombeck stated “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”…. Hope you had a wonderful Memorial weekend.

Weekend Projects

We spent this weekend preparing vegetable beds and planting the cold frames and the southern facing bed, and setting up tomato plants in the greenhouse. Next weekend we will move onto the other two beds. The beds in the picture are new this season so we also had to move about 1,600 pounds of organic grade soil into the new raised beds, needless to say sore muscles were had by all.

2013 cold beds

In an effort to make us feel better, I broke out the bottle of  aspirin and baked some carob zucchini muffins.

carob zucchini muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
  • 1/4 cup carob powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 whole banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin pan and set aside.
  2. Whisk flour, carob powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.
  3. In another bowl, cream mashed banana with applesauce and raw sugar.
  4. Stir almond milk, vanilla and zucchini into the banana mixture.
  5. Add flour mixture into wet ingredients until just combined.
  6. Spoon batter into greased muffin pan and bake 18-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a wire rack and then serve or freeze.

Next weekend we need to tackle the remaining two vegetable beds — so I will have to come up with something new and yummy for next Sunday.

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