2014: The Garden

Dreaming of spring:
We planted pea sprouts today (a week late), trimmed trees (2 weeks late), and did general clean up around the garden (3 months late!). We’ve had onions (Egyptian Walking Onions) and chives for a while, and the rhubarb (all three plants – yes, I like rhubarb!) is looking fabulous. We gathered our courage and pruned our 6 fruit trees taking off 80% or so of the limbs. It physically hurt me to do that!

We’ll focus on what will give us the biggest bang for our buck this year and leave the “fun” stuff to others! I’ll be back as time goes on to document the planting and then the harvesting!

Enjoy!

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Life

Life moves by so fast nowadays. The little-est is no longer so little (she turned 7 in January) and she is a bit camera shy. And by a big, I will say that she closes her eyes anytime the camera comes around! I stopped bringing the camera around – I need to continue to take pictures. I need to remember that every memory counts!

Here are a few memories over the last little while:

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8Yes, I am holding the latest 2 dolls (one is my baby and the other is my daughters’ baby). Yes, I am a grown woman. Yes, I have my own baby doll.

:)

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Sorry E. I haven’t updated the blog in forever. Here you go for some recent past!

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harvest  fall

reading

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advent

It’s been a fun few months. I’ll be back to post more recipes and items as we take pictures!

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Last week we were invited to my grandfather’s 85th birthday party in Connecticut. My brothers and sister were there which makes it the first time since February 2008 that we were all in the same place. Crazy. Also, It seemed as though all of my mother’s family were there too. Including 14 of her 15 cousins and lots of their kids and grand kids. All but one of my cousins were there as well. He is in Nairobi by the way. What follows is a whole bunch of Pictures of the festivities:

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The arrival for Family Pictures

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Maiah and Her Progeny

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Pictures from Lunch Not impressed with the Thai food, seems like they

spent more time coming up with a clever name than recipes…Thai One On

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Nearly everyone got in on the Hooping Action. Totally fun.

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Fun With Siblings at the Party: Chins up Ladies.

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Somewhere over the rainbow

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My Wife’s best Pictures are Candid

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Should Have gotten more Pictures of her with family

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Photo Bomb!

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Catching waves!

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Can’t Catch Me!

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Dang it! It got me.

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Gotta Watch those waves, they’ll get you!

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Fun with Dads

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Next Stop Portugal, A Family tradition with her very cute cousin

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Still found time to swim in the pool. What fun!

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Cousins Being Cute!

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These were taken at William’s Beach Park a small man-made beach in Mystic CT.

It was E’s first Experience swimming in Salt water and a good precursor to the ocean

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Helping a new friend at the beach

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Fun with Uncle B

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The Eastward Views from my Uncle’s house

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The view facing West

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Goodnight Sail Boat

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Garden update July 11

The summer is upon us – full swing. We have a total of 6 fruit trees, a large strawberry bed, raspberry canes (that will really start producing next summer – my bad!), an asparagus bed on its second year, an asparagus bed on its first year, herbs, tomatoes, jalapeños, beans, lettuce, rhubarb (who knew rhubarb was so amazing? I planted another 2 plants that you’ll see below because I loved the one from last year so much!).

Here’s the side yard,

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Here’s the back yard (at least a part of the garden)

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And here’s the front yard

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Family: Utah Reunion

A wonderful time was had by all of our family as we visited Park City, Utah to visit with some of C’s dad’s side of the family. DSCN2323 DSCN2357 DSCN2358 DSCN2391 DSCN2406 DSCN2445

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The Garden: June 2013

075 photo(3) photo(4) photo(5) photo(6) photo(7) photo(8) photo(9) photo(10) photo(11) photo(12)The Garden: June 2013

We added another huge space for gardening in the front yard (perennials and annuals, edibles and non-edibles in addition to the spaces that we had last year. Our annual bed of lettuce *self seeding* came back this year (third year running) and we have planted 6 fruit trees and 2 grape vines. I’ll have to take a picture of everything once I get the yard cleaned up! That’s not happening today though – I have the first batch of jam (for the year – strawberry – no pectin) canning right now and I”m going to take a break!

Happy Gardening

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