Thursday, December 10, 2009

last haul

Photobucket Sweet Alyssum still blooms in the grow house

Winter has suddenly arrived! Not without warning. We knew a storm was coming. There was enough time to get out to the garden and pull the last of the harvest. There was not much..but enough to make it worth the effort.

Photobucket Brussel Sprouts stored on the stems

The soil was not frozen a few days ago when I pulled these carrots, but tonight the temperatures are expected to drop into the teens. This comes after the storm that dropped about 6 inches of snow/sleet/rain. The kind of storms the forecasters like to call "a wintry mix".

Photobucket a colander full of carrots

This last harvest is a late one. Are you ready for winter? I'm not. I just started to wear my hat and mittens.

Photobucket onions cleaned and stored in an open basket

Ready or not, winter is here. Meteorological winter, that is. Astronomical winter arrives on Dec. 21st this year. Do you know the difference?

Photobucket Axe or Maul?

The sound of the axe has already been replaced by the sound of coal buckets being filled.


Staying warm and cozy becomes a daily chore now. Oh yes, there are pictures of snow to show you...but I have a feeling that it is going to be around for awhile, and right now I'd rather sit by fire and warm up to winter..


..and finish up a few projects...


Sharon said...

Stay warm Cindy! Your onions look superb! Good luck with finishing off your projects, must be something in the air I have a real desire to get things finished too!

Janice in GA said...

You know, I'd never seen brussels sprouts on the stem before this year. However, as these things often happen, now that I've seen them once (Trader Joe's), I'm seeing them in lots of different places! ;)

DebbieB said...

I love that elegant picture of the yarn ball remnant. Stay warm!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your fire looks so cozy. Thinking of coal buckets and ashes doesn't sound so wonderful to me though. I guess I am just spoiled.

Judy said...

We got the use of a log splitter and tool full advantage of it. Although it doesn't sound as good as the wood cracking under an axe or look as nice as a well muscled man chopping wood it sure got a lot more done!
Brussels sprouts look great. I might have to try them again. Stay warm.

Jody said...

What delicious looking vegetables....YUM. I would luv to have those for my Christmas dinner.
We are in the middle of a deep freeze right now :(

Cady May said...

That is such a wonderful photo of the last of a ball of hand spun. It looks like a magic snowball! Remember as a kid how in art class they had you wrap string soaked in glue around a balloon and then pop the balloon and pull it out and put glitter on it? Makes me think that some handspun white angora might be done that way, and then gently brushed afterwards..might have to work the kinks out of this...but you are always inspiring to me.

Tam said...

Gorgeous harvest and yummy yarn or should that be the other way around?
Beautiful pics Cyndy!

~ Phyllis ~ said...

It looks like you are ready for winter. We have had some wintery weather here in Alabama.
Stay warm.

Jan said...

I love your winter photo essay. You capture the essence!

Thanks for your comments over on KnitMe. I do love those old wheels and all their little details, but the yarn grooves on the flyer had eascaped me. I think you have a story in the making!

Cathy said...

Yum - the veggies look enticing!

Stay warm - we went from -27 a few days ago and are looking to the mid 40s! It's going to feel balmy.

I wish I had kept my coal buckets as a reminder of keeping warm with stoves. It's easier on my back with a thermostat and furnace tho.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Your produce is lovely and I especially like the washing picture! I too agree that your blog is always inspiring and think Cady May might be on to something. Hope she tries it.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Gorgeous sights! Keep warm!

Artis-Anne said...

Fabulous photos as always Cyndy and you have set the scene beautifully .
I love it when we get a storm and we are all cosy and warm in front of a roaring fire ;that is as long as you don't have to go out for coal and logs !!

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