Archive for October, 2009

The chickens followed me to the front door which made a cute Halloween picture. . .

very small children in chicken costumes.

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Everything is soggy and starting to rot as the rains have returned to the Pacific Northwet.

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The apples are ripe!

My tree graced me with close to a bushel of perfect gala type apples which I will be dehydrating this week. No sprays and very little attention yet this tree consistently produces perfect, unblemished apples, so no credit goes to me.

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That whole turkey look. . .

isn’t going to work for you next month.

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Meet Bonita, my new Welsummer, and she is as sweet as she is pretty.

Someday she will lay dark brown eggs.

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Train to the Farm

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Remembering Zena

Princess Zena spent her last summer vacation enjoying the farm and gardens. She loved to nap on the compost pile after the new clippings I had added started to heat up. When inside she loved to sleep in the chair next to me while I worked on the computer, which of course caused Moka to get her knickers in a knot. When her time came, I sat and held her for four hours and told her how beautiful she was, and how beloved, until she passed over the Rainbow bridge.

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Winter Squash Harvest

The Winter Squash were not pleased with their new beds, as a result, I only ended up with 35+ for storage. The Red Kuri were successful again, and will turn bright red in storage:

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This variety is a mystery still. It was labeled as a European Melon, so I sliced into one in August and it was still green and was not sweet at all:

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So I let the remaining ones stay on the vine. Each one was picked a week or so apart, and is turning a deep red orange, so my guess is the variety is a squash that was mislabeled. I have searched the internet for anything that looks like it, but have been unsuccessful. The largest one is over 15″ wide. If it keeps well and tastes yummy, I will definitely grow it again:

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My favorite pumpkins are always the New England Sugar Pie. Small and sweet! This one is turning from green to orange:

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