Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's a Miracle

Yup, I'm still here.

And I'm at work giving myself 15 minutes to check in with everyone and let you know what we've been up to.....I see I've picked up a couple followers and am now past 60!  That is truly a miracle!  And thanks! It's knowing someone is actually reading that encourages me to keep writing.  <3

It's harvest season here and after living in 4 other states I must say the harvest time skies in upstate NY are by far the prettiest.

Case in point

It's pretty likely this post will be mostly photos with some descriptions.  I like my quippy writing style but at times like these (harvest and building a place to live before the snow flies) I really have to be like a wooden 2 x 4 not a doily.  Sorry.  ;-)

We've been hard at work.  The outhouse is done, though not pulled over the 3' hole we dug.  
Can't wait to paint it white, plant flowers around it....you get the idea.

The foundation for the 'cabin' is squared and leveled (this is before it was squared and leveled hahahahahaha lest you think we are idiots!):
The round things are cement cores; we will fill the entire area in with gravel and firm them all up


But we've also had some time to enjoy life here. It's stunning every time we turn around.  Right now we are at peak fall color and boy, I have got to get some photos.  None this time unfortunately.  But still, some flowers on our land:
New England Asters simply glow in the late afternoon light

Canada goldenrod

This is one of my favorite 'scenes' on our land right now. Brambles are orange in the background, 2 kinds of asters and goldenrod; gorgeous.
And finally; some photos of the harvest:

Fava beans in pod
Huge beans in there!









Fava beans 'Windsor' peeled and ready to throw in to a stew or something.

The growing season is pretty short up here. It leaves very little room for error in planting times with tomatoes.  But the catch is if you plant when you should, you often get nasty diseases that are used to the cycles of their hosts (late blight blech!!  www.usablight.org if you want more info) so we planted waaay late and yay! no late blight but:

Yes; we picked them almost ALL green! (5.5 bushels full)

And then we did this with them, most will actually ripen believe it or not.
 So there ya go.  A little photo journal of what's been going on.  My husband's hand is healing and getting better the more he uses it. We are moving onward and upward and praising God for every blessing, even the green tomato harvest.

Until next time!