It is difficult to acknowledge that summer is beginning to wind down. Parts of the garden are looking a bit forlorn; it has been a great year for pests--bad for the plants. I have been busy in the kitchen eating/cooking/preserving what is good -- tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, many eggplant, zucchini, peppers, basil, and raspberries. Delicious red haven peaches found at the Amish store have been frozen and baked into pie. I planted two Red Haven trees this spring and can't wait to be able to pick my own!
This is our third summer at our new-built home, and we continue to work on finishing things inside as well as adding to the outside landscape. The limelight hydrangea are thriving and perfect for indoor arrangements. This year we added a snowball bush, rugosa roses, a Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose, oakleaf hydrangea, bleeding heart, white pine trees, clematis, and more... Inside, the pantry was finished and wall planks & a range hood were added in the kitchen. A hundred year old beam from a corncrib was used to trim out the hood...still need to add crown molding.
We were happy to get away to the woods one weekend with our camper--we haven't camped since selling our previous home. It was very relaxing, except for the night a large black bear decided to visit! I've also been enjoying time spent with my first grandchild, a boy born to my son & his wife, and looking forward to another grandbaby my daughter and son-in-law are expecting in January. Life is so good!
Whenever I could, I have squeezed in some knitting and sewing. A sweater started for grandbaby no.2 and a dishcloth is always on the needles. I sewed 4 tops for myself and a pair of pants, all out linen I had on hand--I was actually happy with how all turned out and have loved the coolness and comfort of wearing linen this summer. And most recently, I finished up a few zipper pouches for the shop.
It feels so good to be back here on the blog--please let me know what is new with you!!