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Hello Again! Happy Michaelmas Season!
Submitted by Pam on Sun, 09/28/2014 - 03:27
Many years ago - many, my family persuaded this shy, nearly friendless teen to enter the Junior Miss Pageant. Since I was not particularly talented, I decided I would speak. And what I shared with that huge, invisible audience hiding in the darkened auditorium were words from Confuscious:
"It is better to light one small candle, than to curse the darkness."
And so, I am taking my own advice and returning to my blog and to craft. During this time when I am often feeling sadness and loss, and when it also seems I must put on my big girl panties dozens of times a day, I am turning back to what I love, what I know, and what gives me satisfaction, comfort and pleasure.
The next post will be all about how I turned those bright red leaves on the little jar above back to bright red after they had faded into the soft, dull gold color you see in the leaves on either side of them.
In the meantime, here are some bits of beauty from my fall garden. My new friend Jaz (short for Jaspar) who was allowed to hang out for several days in my curly willow until I realized he was eating it!
Added 10/2/2104: Just learned these little guys freeze solid in winter and when they thaw in spring - THEN they pupate! Read more here.
The tomato vines have given up their fruit -
most of the crop - tucked away in the freezer.
And a happy surprise this year from seeds saved from tomatoes enjoyed at a "pot luck" last fall.
A new variety of cherry tomato developed at Oregon State - "Indigo Rose". Absolutely delicious variety and very disease resistant. And they produce like crazy! Even when they have been completely neglected.
(Must have been the chicken manure!)
I have been gone from my garden most of the summer and am so grateful that fall gardens do have their own gifts to share.