Backyard progress

A Farmer depends on himself, and the land and the weather. If you’re a farmer, you raise what you eat, you raise what you wear, and you keep warm with wood out of your own timber. You work hard, but you work as you please, and no man can tell you to go or come. You’ll be free and independent…on a farm. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder – Farmer Boy ~

We haven’t gotten to the point of raising crops to make what we wear or having our own fuel source. But, perhaps, one day!

Yesterday evening is when we picked up our latest order from the co-op. Unfortunately, things didn’t go smoothly. The driver was new and lost — very lost. He didn’t arrive  on Tues at 6:30pm as expected. So we ended up spending a chilly and time -wasting 2 hours in the Rose Bowl parking lot. Somehow, the driver couldn’t find his way from Burbank to Pasadena and, eventually, the Rose Bowl. A search party was sent to find him.  Luckily, there were a few friends we hadn’t seen in sometime and we able to pass the time and catch up with the latest happenings in their lives.

The guys have been hard at work with the backyard garden and projects. Yesterday, we helped them move the second concrete flower in front of the garage. The patio really looks great. We were surprised how perfectly these two flowers fit in the spot (shown upperleft photo)

Jordanne and I will be catering our annual knitting circle’s end of the year holiday gathering today (can’t believe it’s been 15 years already since we starting to go the the knitting circle!).

Our restaurant and caterer businesses is picking up with holiday parties, so there’s a need for our produce and edible flowers. Our lives are certainly busy!

As for the weather, it’s been dry — too dry. I do hope we get rain soon since our rainy season is so short. But, then the dry weather has allowed us to remove the concrete and shovel the dirt out into tubs and buckets.

Sunny Delight

We are still enjoying tomatoes, peppers and winter squash from this year’s harvest. Looking at the stash, the “fresh” tomatoes and peppers will probably last till the end of December. By then, the peas and broccoli and other winter crops should be in full production.

The oranges are ripening! This year the two trees are loaded.   Harvesting them at this time of year is wonderful and makes you appreciate living in Southern California were oranges and sunshine are synonymous. In addition, other citrusy treats such as ruby red grapefruit, Meyer lemon and kefir limes are ready to harvest.A colorful assortment of garden catalogs fill our mailbox these days, tempting us with new varieties to grow come spring.