Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In the Garden 9.30.14

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Well, this will probably be the last of my “in the garden” blog posts, as there is not much left in the gardens.  Slowly, but surely we are cleaning out all of the garden beds.  The ones that we are going to be removing will go to our daughter and son-in-law’s house. 

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carrots

{there are still several carrots in one of the beds, we have been harvesting them whenever we need them for our dinners.  I am debating harvesting them all and freezing them, or perhaps covering them with mulch and letting them winter over…we’ll see}

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parsley

{the parsley seems to like the cooler weather we are having...I will need to harvest and dry some soon}

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We took down our chicken coop, as we no longer have any and do not plan on having any in the future.  There is still some debris to clean up and then we will most likely move our hoop house into that empty space.  That will make it closer to the rest of the garden beds and to the house for watering.

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echinacea

{this is the last bloom, which I am surprised that there were any left, as I hacked the plants down recently}

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sunflowers

{I am really pleased with this variety of sunflowers that I planted this year…they are called Goldy Honey Bear, the seeds germinated well and we have lots of beautiful blooms on each stalk}

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The birds are enjoying the flowers that have gone to seed, we have been enjoying watching them from our windows!

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zinnia

{these are still quite colorful, but are slowly dying off, I will most definitely be planting them again next year}

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apples

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{right after taking the pictures of the apples, I noticed that a few of them had been munched on by some critter…we quickly harvested several, so we can munch on them ourselves}

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rhubarb & raspberries

{we will be planting a new row of raspberries and transplanting a small portion of the rhubarb to another area on our property…this area will become grass again}

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golden raspberries

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tomato

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tomatoes

{the plants in the hoop house are all still producing well, so we will be using it again next year for the tomatoes}

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I thought that I would share a few photos of things that are sprouting up on their own in the gardens!

In the above photo is a marigold plant and some garlic.

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A sugar snap pea self-seeded in the old pea patch.

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It seems as though there are a gazillion little milk thistle starts where the old one was…I will be quickly removing all of these!

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Our harvest of our sugar pumpkins…on display now, but I will be cooking them up and freezing the pulp for breads and pies.

When the remaining garden beds are finally cleaned-up and the weather turns colder, then I shall start planning next year’s garden.  It will be smaller and simpler next year, therefore easier to take care of too!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday Scripture…on Monday

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I fell behind a day in posting this, but here it is.  Something to really take to heart in a world where we are told that it is “all about me”, when it should be “all about Jesus”!

 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Road Trip to the Peninsula

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Going on a second road trip in the same weekend was another last minute decision.  Being as our local rental car agency was closed on Sundays, we had the car for two days.  We decided that since we had the car anyways, why not take another drive. 

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This time we headed the opposite direction from the mountains and out to the Olympic Peninsula.  We took a ferry ride from Edmonds over to Kingston, about a 30 minute trip.

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Our first stop was to Port Gamble.  This little town is amazing, it is like going back through time, nothing modern here, just the original houses and buildings.  The town was founded in 1853 and is still a mill owned town.

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They were doing some painting on the historic water towers in town.

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Family selfie in Port Gamble

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A beautiful dahlia garden located near the edge of town.

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You’re welcome…thanks for having us!

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Next up was Fort Flagler.  This fort was built in the late 1890’s and many of the historic buildings are still there.

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We wandered around the old batteries, going through some of them, with the help of a flashlight app on my phone!

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These areas are where the guns were located at one time.

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The view from the fort…that is Mount Baker in the distance.

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Historic buildings in Fort Flagler.

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Marrowstone Point Lighthouse and buildings.  They are not open to the public, but you can wander around them from the beach.

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Playing around with a photo option on my phone…just for fun!

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Jacob enjoying the nice cool water, as it was another warm day.

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We quickly drove through the parking lot of Mystery Bay State Park on our way back off the island.

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A beautiful little spot off the roadside.

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We also visited Fort Worden.  It was built in the late 1890’s.  There is a lot to do at this fort, as it is over 400 acres.  We started our visit by going down to the beach and the Port Wilson Lighthouse.

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Port Wilson Lighthouse

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The guys decided to walk on the rocks along the shore…I stuck to the path!

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A mama and baby deer in front of Alexander’s Castle.  The castle was built in 1883 by Reverend John Alexander for his Scottish bride, unfortunately when he returned to Scotland to bring her back here, she had already married! 

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Battery Putnam

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Our last stop was a quick drive through Port Townsend.  We were tired and ready to get home by this point, so we didn’t get out to visit any of the places.  Also, there was some type of festival going on and it was very crowded there.

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Port of Kingston

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Thankfully we had a pretty view while waiting for the ferry to bring us back to Edmonds…as there was almost a 2 hour wait!

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Good thing we stopped for snacks before heading to the ferry dock…we came prepared!

Like my other road trip post, if you click on the highlighted names of the places we visited, you will be able to read more about them.