A Sombre Affair

These sombre photos are fitting for a day like today in more ways than one. David's Nanny passed away yesterday so they accurately depict the heavy cloud around our extended family right now. These photos are also from the early morning drive we took up to see her this summer. It had been my first time meeting her. Oddly, I had actually picked out these few to share today before the news of Nanny even came so though I don't usually delve too deep into family matters on this blog I thought it was a bit too much of a coincidence to go unnoticed.

For Nanny.


In the Garden: The Year that Came and Went.

It's already the end of another growing season and I'm just getting my first actual In The Garden post up. Little late to the party here. To tell you the truth, we suffered an awful drought this year so our garden did not do nearly as good at last year. Couple that with leaving to go to Newfoundland for three weeks (which meant there was nearly five weeks the garden was just left to it's own devices) and it didn't actually do as bad as expected. No weeding, no watering, no pruning and tending. All au natural this year! (Also these photos are taken from my phone because... lazy!)

Our two cucumbers had a bit of a hard time adjusting to the cool nights when we moved them from our living room to the garden in the spring but they came around in the end and I was able to harvest about 60 cucumbers off them. I've been eating 1-2 a day but barely making a dent. Pickling here we come!

I planted a second batch of shallots last summer near the end of August. Unfortunately we got a frost the next week and I just gave up on the second batch coming up. Much to my surprise they popped up in early spring and were the first thing I could harvest! Onions didn't get very big this year but big enough to be usable so that was good.

Much like the cucumbers the yellow zucchini's had a hard start but once they grabbed ahold they produced a lot of fruit. Two out of my five plants couldn't make out of the drought so their leaves turned white/yellow and they only produced very small hard zuc's. My pumpkin's had a similar problem the plant itself looked fine and grew great but there just wasn't enough water around for the one pumpkin I did get to grow larger than my palm. For comparison this was one of my pumpkin last year!

Butternut squash had the same issues as well. Big beautiful plant but tiny squashes. I did manage to get two fair sized ones out of it but the taste was just not great. I am saving the other in the hopes it will ripen more.

I don't know if there is anything that keeps a sunflower down. We don't even plants these! The birds take them out of the feeders all winter and sprinkle them around the garden for us. We leave them to grow because the goldfinches like to eat off them while we garden and we can usually get two months of not having to feed the birds out of it! Bonus.

Tough to keep a marigold down as well! Especially the jumbo variety, I don't think you can kill these things! Other items I didn't photo: Corn and potatoes did great and my tomatoes are ok but suffered from lack of transplanting while we were gone away. I'm just getting some tomatoes now but better late than never! While carrots and beets usually come up in early July most of them have only just popped up at the end of August!! They are so late but luckily root veggies can take a lot more cold weather so I am leaving them in the hopes they can get to be an edible size!

And the fruits of our first harvest! (We've done roughly four harvests this size now)


Twillingate Islands Coastal Trails

There is something different about a storm brewing on the ocean than a storm brewing on the prairies. It seems like you sit and watch a prairie storm slowly move closer for days while an ocean storm rolls up completely unexpected! We were enjoying a hot and humid midday walk when all of a sudden the sunny skies darkened. All the boats started to head back in and we turned to make our way back to the car just in time to see lightening striking over the water before the rain began. First time I've experience lightening on the ocean! Despite my best efforts of trying to get it on camera I gave up and just watched the light show. 


Beau Bois, NL

I took a month off and suddenly here we are. It's almost awkward to get back into the blog two and a half months later. I wrote a note in my agenda on September 1st that said: "blog post?" and then promptly answered that question with a nope when the day actually rolled around. Truth be told, I had a great summer and I was having too much fun to find my way back to this space.

I feel like I have lots to say and no place to start now. The obvious change in the last two months is of course our wedding which went down without a hitch. We enjoyed an amazing 3 weeks away from work touring around the island and getting up to nothing in particular. Back home we've been desperately trying to salvage what we can from our garden. Being away so long coupled with an awful drought have made it less than ideal. In other news, I'm starting an intermediate pottery class soon and excited to see what new techniques I can learn and Christmas knitting has begun for all the little kids in my life. I also really want to work on a quilt if I can find the time. 

Well that all just kinda came tumbling out once I started! I have SO many photos from our trip and thought I would start with a grey, foggy day. This is a little place called Beau Bois that is really quite tucked away from the town of Marystown. David's best friends all grew up in the bay and the last few months he has been working on painting the bay but from another angle than these photos were taken. If he ever finished (he is notoriously slow at painting) I will share it on here! 

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