tea_and_toast: (Lantana)
Not much to say, just a few things to share. First, how about this poor blueberry trying on a pot that's too small for it?



I suppose that's why they always say to measure seven times and transplant once. They do say that, don't they? It's all right; I got it in the ground and it's been quite happy.

The weather has shifted. By this I mean that instead of 90 out all day it is 70, and last night it dropped to 59. I have been going round getting out slippers and quilts and exclaiming over the nip in the air and discussing plans for braising turkey legs so we can have a wee little Thanksgiving celebration of our very own. The California girl, she's silly. She doesn't know real winter. I am most definitely a summer child.



Bread, with whole wheat and molasses. Edible. I am just about tired of trying to dispose of the blackstrap molasses into our bread, though. It's so not sweet. Conversely, if you happen to have emergency rations (bricks of lembas, apple cinnamon flavored, not nearly as appealing as that might sound), I can't recommend making it into a powder and adding it to your weekend waffles. They come out weirdly sweet and gritty. Nutrient dense, though.



The garden, as usual, both delights and disappoints. Our acorn squash didn't develop. I planted loads, but nothing much happened. The tomatoes, though, while small and with a tendency to split that stems from overwater (I think) have been tasty. And mostly our cucumbers are not bitter. So we have nice things to add to our salads.

Today I bought (and planted!) a cape plumbago and a rosemary for the garden. I hope the rosemary grows madly so I can harvest its leaves and dry them to sprinkle over focaccia with sea salt.
tea_and_toast: (Gloomy Sakura)
It rained the other night. For at least a minute. Very exciting. We actually got our first rainstorm since February on Halloween night. We were watching World War Z, a scary zombie movie, and then after it finished, he went to play Archeage and I went to write an outline, having decided at the last minute to do Nanowrimo again.

Then the power went out. My first thought of course was zombies. But then we could hear the rain...

Anyway, pictures. We have woodpeckers on our street. A whole clan of them.


woodpeckers! )
tea_and_toast: (Cinnamon Bread)
October's passing fast. The mornings are dark when we get up, and there's not time after dinner to walk to the mailbox before a lantern is required. It took me until Halloween last year to realize our street had no streetlights. (I moved in March.) I grew up at a house with a streetlight right out front, so this darkness is strange. Streetlights seem like family friends, or kind old trees in the forest of my life. Maybe it's a Narnia thing.

I made bread again, but panicked when it seemed wet, and added too much flour.



It's a bit dense and dry. I know it's good to learn constantly, but does that mean I have to screw up a little each time too?

It gets better with butter, though. (Don't most things?)




We still have strawberries growing. They actually got happier when it stopped being so hot out, and are now producing more than they did this summer. Silly things. I can't complain.

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