Tuesday, September 04, 2007

September = new beginnings

As September arrives and the gardening season begins to wind down, there's beauty in the fading away, such as these prairie coneflowers from our meadow. I belong to a camera club and a few of us got together on Sunday morning to try to photograph monarch butterflies at the meadow. Alas, the butterflies eluded us, but the fading flowers were lovely. This was my favorite picture from that morning.

I haven't posted much lately, as we have started a major house renovation. We are getting a new kitchen (very exciting, as I've never had a great kitchen ever).

The complication is that we are moving the kitchen space to another part of the house and what was the kitchen until now will become a bedroom.

For various reasons - the kitchen move, repairs, updates, space for the fridge - five rooms are involved. We have done a lot of moving in the past few days, and the only livable space right now is the study, where we are sleeping and the living room. I have converted the main floor laundry room into a provisional kitchen, with microwave, kettle and coffee maker.

The old range is going down to the furnace room tomorrow, so I will be able to do more than microwave dinners. There are some nice garden fresh tomatoes begging to be made into sauce.

Wish us luck: by my birthday in mid-October, we should be ready to move into the new kitchen and updated bedroom.

PS: As for rain, we are still in drought mode. There hasn't been a drop since the wonderful rain on Aug. 25. The extended forecast shows dry, dry, dry to past mid-September.


  1. Hi Yvonne,
    You have a great website full of valuable information. I am writing a post on fall gardening and will reference your site.

  2. Thanks, Julie, that's great. I sure do love fall, my favorite season of all, esp. after this year's drought, which turned it into the summer from hell. (Could have been worse, I know.)

    Cheers, Yvonne

  3. Hi Yvonne,
    I'm in the UK(East Anglia), so we're also still lacking rain. As we're on the edge of the Fens, the garden does stay moist, most of the time.

    Ours is a new garden, this year we've had a bumper crop of tomatoes and French Beans. A great beginning to hopefully a really fertile plot.

    Love your site, and hope mine's going to be half as good.



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