Saturday, October 22, 2011

Where have I been? Labor Day to Oct 24th,2011

Hi All

I know it has been a while since I did a post here, and I am sorry but the speed of my life has become "sick-to-my-stomache" fast like a ride on a backwards-upside-down roller coaster. I have a few more weeks of this before I see a possible break happening and that would put us into Thanksgiving already! 

Let's catch up!

Weekend of Oct 7th-8th 
I had a girlfriend get-together this weekend up at that house... I originally had 6 ladies coming but things happened and only 2 could make it in the end. That is okay because they were one of my oldest and dearest friends, Marie and one of my newest friends, Amanda. It was a nice mix...
Amanda and I "toured" the old town of MokeHill and spent some time in the new art gallery there. (The town is 2 blocks long, so the tour was quick!) Then we swung by my source for fresh eggs, Collien, and stayed there for a bit. Not only does Collien have chickens and eggs, she is a foster home for kittens, has geese, ducks, guinea fowl and a GIANT koi pond. Amanda is a cat fanatic and the 3 kittens and all the cats were a big hit. 
When Marie showed up I took them around the property (after getting marie some tennis shoes to wear!) and then we stayed in and had dinner, played a game, watched a scary movie and drank some wine.... perfect night!
My one pumpkin was ready but too big for me to move so I cut it off and left it for Nick who was coming to stay there with my dad for a few days. (More on that later...)
Finally! A pumpkin!

I also worked on the garden by layering it with cardboard that was left over from the siding. It is called lasagna gardening and works good for weedy, poor soil which is all I have right now. Last winter I did this with the main section of the veggie garden, so this time I am doing the other side. First layer was newspapers, 2nd is steer manure, 3rd is cardboard and now I need to get more green stuff like grass or compost and more newspaper on it.  Over the winter it will decompose and smother the weed seeds under it, and in the spring I will just plant on top. If I can find enough stuff it is supposed to be 2 feet thick!
Here is a picture of a california skink that was living in the cardboard, and of course, my frog pictures...
Love my frogs!
Skink that was hiding in the cardboard

Closeup - not the prettiest guy but harmless and shy.


 
That weekend was a lot of fun and I think I will try and get a winery tour weekend planned in the spring..

julie