Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

To one and all!  May you enjoy what is truly important to you this holiday...

Decorating the Christmas tree a couple weeks ago

hmmm, posing, are we?

The finished product
Another look at it!

A nice effect at the Christmas eve service

The star of Bethlehem

A bagpiper adds to the ambiance (I seriously love those things!)

We have a few things under the tree, I see.....

Yes, it's Christmas eve....

Feliz Navidad, Gelukkige Kersfees, Happy Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Agriculture Symposium

Recently spent a week at an Agricultural Symposium a couple states away.  Here are just a few of the many pictures from that most informative and wonderful week.

Some of the cold frames behind the school buildings


A few farm animals

You can see the tip of the compost heap poking out to the left

Some kind of pheasant

Duckies - they were so cute - talking to each other constantly....

Some of the winter garden in front of the greenhouse and coldframe

One of the planting plots

The lettuce do well even in the cold.

Red clover as a cover crop on the top field


Coming along

Can you guess what this is?

It's a Cosmic Purple Carrot!  Tastes out of this world - mild, sweet, crisp, colorful, and a fantastic size!  I recommend this wholeheartedly!
Hope you enjoyed the little tour of the gardens.  And I hope I'm sufficiently educated to do better in my own garden this next year.  One main point - make sure your soil is augmented with the right balance of minerals etc, and pH balanced.  Your produce will be healthier and you will be too!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A "Grand" comes to visit

We had a tiny 2 month old visitor this summer - tiny, but he made his presence known and was consistently the center of attention!  What a sweetie.  Here's his account of his visit:

Here I am laughing with Mama

Let me try to copy what she's doing with her tongue!

Ha ha, that's funny!

I'm a cutie! Did you know that?

Mommy and Daddy were glad to see me so peaceful and sleeping as I'd had bouts of collywobbles recently. I don't like collywobbles - and Mommy doesn't like me to have them either!

 ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz - dreamland is so fascinating....

With Great Granny and my Daddy

With Great Granny and Grandpa - they're all the way over here from South Africa to see me!

I know I'm loved......

Four generations

Oh, I'm such a good looking boy! Yessirree!

Grandpa is taking me flying - it's a little scary - but I'm hanging on!!

Bye for now....we hope to have more pics sometime soon.  It's nice that Daddy has a website just for I know Granny and Grandpa and Great Granny and Grandpa visit me there a lot!   Those of you who know about it may visit his very own little website with MANY more not going to advertise it here!  Gotta protect these little ones!