Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How About Them Apples!

Just wanted to show you some of the few apples that have grown on our favorite fruit tree. It is placed between our house and the neighbors home in a spot that receives the brunt of the winds that frequent our area. Living at the base of the mountain has offered us many days of heavy winds, that just whip down between our houses. So, this tree bends its branches to the West. Making for an unusual looking tree. But the apples it produces are wonderful. For the past several years, we have had a grandson help us in the harvesting of the fruit. This year, the apples are low and few, so probably I'll be able to do it my self. Looking forward to a couple of apple pies and apple crisps and some for just plain eating.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September is here

I love Fall. This time of year is so nice. The days are warm, sometimes hot, but mostly just right. The nights are fine with a light blanket or even just a sheet for sleeping. The yard work has slowed down, even the weeds seem kind of sleepy and slow to grow. This morning while the grass was being mowed by my older grandson, my younger grandson and I were clearing out some unwanted branches and flowers. The flowers have lost their color and freshness and are just plain unattractive now. My younger grandson, Cove, has learned this Summer about 'deadheading' flowers. He is doing well at this task, but the flower blossoms really have to be dry and brown before he feels okay about cutting them off. You see, they are still beautiful to him if there is color left on the blossoms. 

I have had some luck with the vegetables in the backyard. First time planting Eggplant and have harvested 2 of them. Cooked a pan of Eggplant Parmesan, we enjoyed it very much. Also have had green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes (cherry), the big ones are not doing very well at producing. We had green peas in the late Spring Then there are fruits - peaches, raspberries and soon we will have some luscious apples. I knocked a couple off the tree this morning (by accident) and we enjoyed slices of apple for a morning snack and then had some apple in our salad at lunch.