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Early August Views

Thursday topped out at 74° F in the heat of the day.  It was cloudy and misty and breezy, with fog on the mountains--just like Autumn.  I suppose this was our first taste and it was so lovely.  After temperatures in the mid-nineties the week before, this was Reward Weather at its finest.  I should have mowed the other half of the yard back home, but I really just wanted to get away and see signs of Fall.  I was not disappointed.

Cherry Leaves

Cherry trees are one of the first to start shedding their leaves, along with the buckeyes, walnuts, and locusts.  The one at my grandmother's house was really lovely.  Roan was still scanning it for cherries, but I  was really happy to see the frenzy of Summer start to fade a little.  It was cool enough to wear my new Fall Blueberry dress!

Swing Place

We went over the mountain from there, headed to the Swing Place.  It was 66° F on the way and the children asked me to put up the windows.  There were buckeyes all along the road with their red leaves and waiting nuts.  Roan got out and said he was cold, but we acclimated soon enough and Laurel was terribly sad to leave.  I made up a couple verses to "She'll be coming round the mountain" that might involve "shedding tears just like a fountain."  No transitional songs would help her with this one (and she wanted to go so high on the swing!), but a package of gum helped a little.

Yellow Fringed Orchid

On our way down, we found this yellow fringed orchid laying in the road, as if someone had picked it and thrown it down.  I took it home and put it in water.  The Turk's cap lily was blooming all down the mountainside, along with the first goldenrod (though I did see one plant last month).  You can see the green goldenrod just waiting all over.  The Summer flowers are shifting to the yellows of Fall.


I think I'm going to start calling myself a Property Manager, seriously.  If you're on vacation or getting on in years or have crossed the great divide, I'm your girl.  In addition to the Roland Estate and my bus-travelling grandmother, I've been asked to feed a cat out in the country.  The cat belongs to my grandmother's second husband's brother, yes.  He's got some nice fruit trees and a good-looking woodpile.  These apples look especially optimistic.  I think I canned some of these a couple years ago.  There is so much fruit around just waiting for someone to take it; so much goes to waste.

Pesto Pizza

Here's something that's not going to waste. ;-)  The last of last year's pesto, the roasted tomato sauce, and plenty of fresh tomatoes from the garden.  This was so good.  I should have made three pizzas!  The children gobbled up most of theirs, which just had pesto.  I put the pesto on with a piping bag after the pizzas came out of the oven.  I expect to pick more tomatoes today, so there may be more sauce in the works.  Every day has some big kitchen project.  Maybe I'll take a day off and go look at those apples again.


( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Aug. 7th, 2016 03:03 am (UTC)
Putting up food like that must be so satisfying! It's satisfying just to read about it :)

I wish my kids liked pesto. I love it; they do not. I don't use pine nuts, either -- pecans, usually, or walnuts, whatever's available. I can make it vegan, too, but it's not quite as good.
Aug. 7th, 2016 11:04 am (UTC)
It is satisfying. I'm looking forward to the Winter and all these good things to eat. I agree that parmesan makes the pesto. When I put it in the tomato sauce, that was so good!
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Aug. 12th, 2016 09:57 am (UTC)
Thanks! The blueberry dress will make many appearances. It's gotten hot again, so I was sad I couldn't wear it to pick real blueberries.
Aug. 14th, 2016 05:54 am (UTC)
That is a beautiful orchid you found. I've never seen one like that. I love to find wild orchids. Glad you got a break in the heat. It wasn't too bad for us here today, relatively speaking. That pizza looks so tasty. You are a property manager indeed! It sounds kind of fun to go feed this cat, what with him living out in the country with all the fruit trees. :) - Stacey
Aug. 14th, 2016 04:13 pm (UTC)
The break was so nice. The apples are looking good this year. Must have been that wassailing. ;-)
( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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