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  • Thanksgiving is Almost Here

    This is always the most beautiful time of year. Summers here are usually way too hot, especially this last summer. I hate being sweaty and uncomfortable. Working in the garden can only be done for a short time since the heat just drains you.

    Ah, but autumn is here. I look forward to this time of year – all year long. It’s a pity it isn’t longer. The leaves are turning those magnificent colors – everything from gold to orange and vivid red. It’s a feast for the eyes. The temperatures are so comfortable, it’s good to be alive.

    The second Monday in October is Thanksgiving Day. It is so appropriately named. The harvest is in, the colors of the trees are eye candy, the temperatures are ideal and there isn’t any of that crazy present buying. In fact, we don’t exchange gifts except maybe something small and fun. We buy what we need for each other during the year.

    This year I made rose hip jelly from the hips growing on my rosebush. It’s labor intensive but worth it and in the rush you get all this terrific vitamin C. I also made elderberry syrup. It was my first time but it won’t be my last. I like it a lot. Maybe I’ll try making elderberry wine next year. It’s just that I don’t care for the fermenting berries or grapes or anything fermenting.  Well, I’ll think about that next year. Meanwhile, here are a few photos from my garden. More will come, I’m sure.

    Steps and bench

    Steps and bench

    Maples and lilac

    Maples and lilac

    Hydrangeas and Coleus

    Hydrangeas and Coleus

    Elms and Maples

    Elms and Maples

    Coniferous and Deciduous

    Coniferous and Deciduous

    Begonias

    Begonias

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