Blueberry picking in July. Life doesn’t get much better.
I shook hands with Bill Ny*e!
I gave up growing carrots because of root knot nematodes (which result in carrots like those above)
But then I accidentally grew these. Aren’t they gorgeous?
We went to Red*wood National Park. This fulfilled a childhood dream. Amazing.
It was the Year of the Fruit in my garden. 70+ lbs of strawberries, rivers of raspberries, and even some blueberries (but those ones at the top were picked at a PYO farm)
Diablo cosmos stole the garden show this year. The bees loved them, as did I.
A childhood friend got married and had a potluck reception. I adore potluck receptions. YUMMY. I made this lovely fruit salad with heart-shaped watermelon slices and edible flowers from my garden.
I finally graduated from college!
I did this at a county fair. No regrets.
I learned how to make bath bombs. And bath salts (not the scary kind). And body butter. It’s been a good year in the homemade cosmetics department.
My soybeans nodulated beautifully. Lots o’ nitrogen fixing going on in those bumps (a non-nitrogen fixing plant shown for comparison above).
Sorry for the crummy photo. It’s dark. Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with various terrariums. They’re much more aesthetically appealing in real life. Promise.
I ruthlessly battled japanese beetles. They loved my roses, and demolished the flowers before the buds even opened. Sigh.
Ellie and I did a lot of knitting. And she developed some very expensive health problems (entirely unrelated to the knitting). Fortunately, they seem to be under control and the medication itself is very affordable.
We did a great deal of cooking, baking, and eating. These cuties are homemade ice cream sandwiches made to commemorate P’s 31st birthday. One is chocolate basil and the other is coffee chocolate. SO GOOD.
We attended a raptor release this fall. Several hawks, two bald eagles, a peregrine falcon and other rehabilitated birds were released to the skies. A very moving event.
We also remodeled our bathroom, I started grad school, and we traveled to Mexico and the Redwoods. But this is a start. Cheers, friends! I hope to be back several more times before school resumes in early January.