Day 305 out of 365.  Wow!  Time is really flying now.  Less than two months and…the outdoor commitment will be completed.  Finished.  Done.  Hurray!  (And then comes the challenging part of figuring out what to do next.  Keep blogging?  Here?  Elsewhere?  Stop blogging?  Start a different topic altogether?  Escape to the tropics?  Sit INSIDE for 365 days?  Oh so many options…)

First, before we discuss anything else, the promised shot of Barry’s garage addition:

The back of our garage (newly poured cement floor and blocks)

The back of our garage (newly poured cement floor and blocks)

There you have it.  What’s going on outside our front door this autumn.  Oh so slowly.  It’s because the weather Refuses to Cooperate.  It rains and snows without regard to cement-pouring activities.  It snubs its nose at all of Barry’s attempts to build the addition before winter.  But he’s persevering.  He now has the cement floor poured and the cement blocks lining the edge. They are covered with hay and plastic to prevent freezing.  In the next few weeks you will begin to see walls and roof beginning to form.  We hope.

Even though it’s raining today, I am going to show you sunny  pictures from a couple days ago.  Just so you can ascertain the state of the autumn leaves in our area.  While the vibrant reds have dulled, the yellows are going gangbusters.

Yellow leaves and bright blue sky

Yellow leaves and bright blue sky

So you look at trees like that and breathe, “Wow!  How beautiful!” and then you look at another patch of trees and think, “Yep, the leaves are almost gone.”  Here’s what the trees look like in other places:

Looking more like autumn here in the woods

Looking more like autumn here in the woods

But in case you’re getting depressed thinking about Winter, let’s return to a quick glimpse of Barry’s Studebaker and some more yellow leaves.

More autumn beauty with Studebaker

More autumn beauty with Studebaker

Yesterday or the day before I emptied out every last carrot, beet, kale and green onion from the garden.  The garden is now empty for the first time since May.  It’s lying fallow (in farming terms) awaiting the rototiller to dig it up before winter.  Barry will wrestle our giant rototiller with its whirring chopping tines into the garden soil (if it ever stops raining.  Although you can’t tell that from these photos that it’s raining, can you?) and he’ll chop up all the weeds and mix the soil well.  It will then be ready for next year’s planting.  Although, if other winters prove similar to this one, he’ll add in several fish guts and some compost to the mix.  To enrich the soil.

One bucketful of the best carrots of this century

One bucketful of the best carrots of this century

The best carrots of our century, anyway.  Most years we have teeny tiny carrots the size of maybe your ring finger.  Or big toe. Usually we throw these finger- and toe-sized carrots in maybe four bags in our frig and munch on them until January.  But this year!  This year if carrots were money we would be rich.  There are at least eight bags of giant carrots.  Maybe not store-sized carrots, but big carrots for gardens in the woods. We’ve given away one bag so far and I’m looking for takers.  Anyone want a bag of carrots?  You have to come and get them.  No shipping across the country or overseas!  But any local takers…?

A single beet for your Greek Salad

A single beet for your Greek Salad

So the gardening season is over.  The garden is kaput.  Here are our chores which now must be completed before winter:

1)  clean septic tank (not us…hire someone)

2) put away deck furniture

3)  mow and rake leaves

4)  finish garage edition

5)  rototill garden

6)  oil change both vehicles, put on snow tires, take down electric fence, finish last load of fire wood and I think I’ll stop writing now before I think of too many more things!

The empty garden.  Or should we say:  A garden full of dirt!

The empty garden. Or should we say: A garden full of dirt!

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