Oranges ready for juicing
The orange harvest is a blessing at this time of year. We’ve been making refreshing and delicious OJ and drinking it throughout the day. The weather recently has been beautiful — blue skies and sunshine! The calendar says “winter” but it feels like summer!
Temperatures are a bit cooler today, but come the weekend, temps are expected to be nearing 90 degrees! I hope I am not making too many of you jealous because we really don’t know how long this pleasant weather will last. It could end up being a mild winter which would be a drastic contrast to the deluge last winter. Pasadena had the most rainfall on record (nearly 60 inches compared to the normal 20″ ). Last year, at this time, it was pouring rain — the garden certainly could use a deep, soaking rain right about now.
With the middle of the backyard in disarray and the retirement of our homemade self-watering pots, we aren’t expected to reach the 6,000 plus mark of harvested produce this year. The last few months have been disruptive to our planting and harvesting schedule — starting with our trip to New Orleans and now all this construction. But come Spring we expect the backyard to be better and more productive!
Justin sits on his throne
All Hail Conquering Hero
While working in the yard, Jules noticed that the one of the piles of concrete looked like a throne. He told Justin to sit on it, then handed him a sledge hammer and dubbed him the “King of ‘Crete.” This honor was bestowed on Justin for his valiant efforts in defeating the behemoth monster, an unsightly eyesore, that inhabited the backyard. Justin in his coronation speech said he would like to thank his motley crew and he is grateful for the help from his friend Jack. Mr. Jack Hammer, that is.
Amazing that I even got this photo since Justin is camera shy – thanks for being a good sport.