Garden Notes 7/2- a photographic garden journal

 

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The garden is coming along!  

New this week:  green tomatoes and many blooming flowers.

 We welcomed also have been welcoming  the bunny into the garden for some fun, exercise and foraging.

*bunny notes:  When we adopted this bunny we really did not know much about him, I was told he may be part Angora rabbit - and he does have super-soft fiber that I have been collecting to spin in the future.  However, researching rabbits a bit more I am coming to the conclusion that he resembles an American Fuzzy Lop rabbit much more than an Angora rabbit.  Because he has been in a couple of homes during his life, we will probably never know or he very well could be some mix.  Regardless we are happy with his addition to the homestead and I am enjoying my first experience with a fiber animal.


June blues

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We found a little blueberry jackpot today on a mid-afternoon hike in our backwoods.

I was happy that I decided to bring along an empty water bottle and my camera, just in case.

We were pleasantly surprised with an abundance of blues, ripe and ready for picking.

 Today we filled up four bellies and one 32 ounce bottle with wonderful, ripe wild blueberries, as we are already starting a collection in the freezer to be savored over the winter.  What a perfect way to end the first full and blissful month of summer, and a great way to welcome the turn of the calendar to July 2015.


inside my beehive - June

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 capped cells of brood (worker bee larva growing inside)

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 The more bubbly, extended brood is drone brood, the hive needs workers  -not drones at this point.

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    lot's of nectar, but not a surplus amount of capped honey 

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 Sharing a couple of snapshots of a recent investigation of my beehive.  

They seem to be doing just fine - not especially great, but not anything to really worry about either.  

There is evidence of brood, nectar, honey and plenty of bees. I am content and eager to follow the development of this colony of bees throughout the summer.

I hope you enjoy tagging along!


::July - Kids in the Wild

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The June issue of Minnesota Parent is on stands and available online now!

The topic of my School Days column for this issue is hiking with kids.

(It is especially fun to see two of my favorite ten year olds made the issue posing by a local waterfall.)

You can find the article through THIS LINK.

I also have a feature recipe article in print in this issue "Cool Pops"

on pages 26 & 27 (link coming soon!)

Be sure to check out the full issue for all of the other great content as well.

 


garden Notes 6/23 - a photographic garden journal

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IMG_0063I I I was not surprised to return to a wild and unruly garden after being gone from our north-woods homestead for ten days.

But, we are settling back in and we spent some time yesterday taming everything back in order - the garden is weeded, the lawn is mowed, the laundry is put away, the bunny returned from his stay with friends, and, we have been reunited with our monster-puppy "Zeke".

It does feel good to be home, back into our laid back rhythms of summer.

 


New England Vacation

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We're back!

Our family just returned from a 10 day vacation on the East Coast.

We had a wonderful time, lots of adventuring, experiencing some down time and best of all spending ten full days together as a family.

Here are some snapshots of our trip:

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getting ready!

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 The Maine coast.

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 Lobster!

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 A beach day in Ogunquit, Maine.Library - 946

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 Exploring Franconia Notch State Park - New Hampshire.Library - 1027

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 Backroad adventuring and tours in Vermont.IMG_9959

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Farmer's Markets

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 Zip Line Canopy Adventure

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Covered Bridges

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 Shelburne Farm, Vermont

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 We had a wonderful trip!  

 

 

 


Garden Notes 6/9 - a photographic garden journal

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IMG_9727Things are slowly coming alive, growing and changing in the garden.

The frost we had did kill off a couple of tomato plants and bordering flowers that I had planted - and my pickling cucumbers plants seems to be just hanging on.

There is hope however with blooming bee balm, some flowering tomato and pepper plants - and our lovely wildflower lupines and wild strawberries that are gracing their presence along the roadsides and throughout the borders of our backyard.

We also moved our fire ring with a recent mow of the lawn - and with addition of some camp chairs,  we have been enjoying spending some time together around a fire to close our early summer evenings.

So yes, our backyard garden is slowly coming alive - and we are also enjoying some time together nearby.


a walk in the woods

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I love walking the trail in the woods behind my house.  Because it is so familiar I am able to focus my attention, not so much on where I am going, but what is happening and changing along the way.  

Yesterday I went out for a short walk and was surprised with a patch patch full of pink lady slipper flowers, that bloom in a particular area in our back woods for a short period of time.  It seems they are spreading more and more in this spot from year to year.  It is always a pleasant surprise to see their return.

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The other surprise I came across were green berries on a blueberry bush.  There are many flowering berries out in the woods, but this was the first patch I saw of green, a welcome transformation.