Our new little piggies, Tokyo and Rio, joined us this past weekend. For now they’re in the extra stall in the chicken camper while we close in the front of the pole barn. Tokyo is the pinker female on the left; Rio is on the right, he has more of a gray to his shin. They’re both red Tamworths.
In other piggie news: Singapore is getting big! She’s done a fine job of rooting up her pen. I’ll be able to expand the garden there next year.
The Bed Ped slippers just weren’t looking right so I frogged them and started over. This time I’m using Grandma’s Knitted Slipper pattern. They’re knit flat with worsted weight yarn held double.
To be honest, I’m not sure which part of the slipper this is. Perhaps the toe? The sole is knit separately and both pieces are sewn together. I’m sure, with time, it will be apparent. For now I’m trusting the pattern and knitting on.
We got our first real frost last night, right on schedule (our average first frost date is 9/13). I was able to start cleaning out the garden this morning; with the huge tomato plants out of the way we can finally walk around a bit. Now I have a ton of green tomatoes!
I took these photos a few weeks ago, in part to help me draw up where I put everything this year. Soon I’ll be tallying just how much I harvested this year and planning out next year’s garden.
Top Right looking back.
Plus broccoli, swiss chard,arugula, potatoes, radish,tomatoes
Peas- spring and fall lants work best.
Lala trying to nibble on the garden goodies before the goats went to their new home.
Green beans- favorite- only second to buttered peas.
Radish going to seed. Hopefully, we’ll save some seed this year.
Carrots- great harvest! Purple are Cosmic Purple and orange are Nantes.
Celeriac- looking forward to these! The tops are quite tasty too. If the boys leave me any I’ll dry some for seasoning.
Onions bulbing up.
The pumpkin patch.
Quite a few!
Picking the last of the gren beans.
The cherry tomatoes loved the fence line.
They were quite productive.
Even got some vine ripened this year.
Bok choy- Molly’s first planting- not quite where I was going to plant them but they’ve done reasonably well.
Parsley,beets, and onions-still going strong.
Radish- this one is French Breakfast.
Kale- it likes this spot, one of the first seeds I planted and still going strong.
We made some feather pens, using chicken and turkey feathers we found. Here is Noah’s ink drawing. Note the moon, the big dipper and stars. That’s Noah standing on his name with a campfire (roasting a hotdog and a marshmallow, of course) off to the left.
The start of apple season is here! We have several old apple trees up along the stone wall. They’re in need of a pruning (something I need to look into) but, at least one of them has quite a few apples on it. The best apples are way up high. If only we could reach them! For now the boys enjoy climbing up and grabbing the not quite so high bounty.
I’ve always loved picking apples. These days I’m a bit more tied to the ground with a baby and all. Ezra become quite the tree climber this year. Noah is a bit more confident and can help Ezra figure out how to get down when he (now rarely) gets stuck. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ishi was up there with them next year!
A few weeks ago we discovered a campground near us; so we took a family camping trip to try it out. Just in time too, the leaves are undeniably changing and the nights are cool enough that I need to close the windows most nights. Despite rain on our first day we still got in plenty of campfires and trips to the lake. The boys are already planning for next year….