Monday, October 6, 2014

Catch Up - Sort Of

It feels like I've been away from the blogosphere for a long time...not because nothing's been happening, but because too much has been happening!  Summer tends to be like that.

Our garden was a major success for us, although because I neglected to thin the carrots, our harvest there was thin and spindly.  Never mind.  Our beans, tomatoes and onions were a major success, by our modest standards.  I made half a dozen batches of green tomato chow chow, which we love, as well as my grandmothers recipe for onion sauce, a lovely mild mustard pickle.  The veggies have all been harvested and uprooted now and we are down to our flowers...which were hit with a frost the other night which pretty well wiped them out.

I love the pattern of the frost on the edge of the petals

Each marigold petal was outlined with delicate frost patterns

The leaves took on an added frosty beauty as well

But Lloyd's beautiful roses withstood the frost.

And the perfect rosebud lived through it.
We had lots of company over the summer...most of our kids and their kids came to visit and we spent some time in Edmonton as well.  We're heading down to Arizona via California on Tuesday, taking six days to get there.  We'll spend Canadian Thanksgiving down there and head home at the end of the month.  Now that Lloyd has officially retired we're hoping to spend lots more time down there.

I'll be back.



The frost on the flower petals looks so lovely. But it's sad to know how harsh it is to them. have a safe trip. Sounds like you need some relaxing after the busy summer you had. ENJOY!

Bev said...

Your flowers look great!!.... I lost my back when we had that snow....we were away...and the flowers all took a beating!!

Granny Annie said...

Exciting to hear from you again and to see your lovely gardening result. You can be very proud. Hope your travels are safe and enjoy retirement. It is pure joy.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Glad you got a breather and took the time to catch up with us. Summer was wonderful! We haven't had our first frost yet, but it is a bit nippy! Hope you have a wonderful trip and a Happy Thanksgiving.

doodles n daydreams said...

Hi Pat, Good to hear from you again.
You have been busy so you deserve a good break. Enjoy. Being retired means we can take trips when we want, doesn't it?
The flowers look very pretty with the frost on them but don't Lloyds roses look great?