Good morning Folks ~ When you think of October, you think of pumpkins, chilly weather, the smell of smoke in the air, falling leaves, etc. Well, that’s not something that happens down here in s.e. FL. We have ‘hints’ of fall coming, but it isn’t here yet. We don’t really have falling leaves, smell of smoke in the air, or too many pumpkins either, except in the grocery store or at vegetable markets. In time, we will have cooler temps and maybe get to use the heat when/if it turns cold. Last year I did not use the heater at all.
We are coming into the glorious time of year for gardening down here though and I am looking forward to it. I’ve got several projects I want to work on this fall/winter season and hope to finish them before next summer’s heat and humidity come again. Right now, it is still very warm and humid, but fall is coming, we just don’t know when.
The bee guy came out, and they don’t remove the bees to another location, the ‘eradicate’ them. FL does not have a shortage of bees, we have an over abundance and the local bees have mated with the aggressive African bees and so they do away with bee colonies that aren’t taken care of by bee keepers. This company has 5 trucks and they take care of between 100-200 colonies of unwanted bees a week, from properties, homes, businesses. I felt bad for the bees, but I also don’t want to be afraid, or swarmed by bees when I weedwack or mow. Now I won’t be and I can get back to this area and take care of things.
My old little Mazda wagon is gone. The tree trimming guy asked about it and I said I was going to call up one of those ‘we buy junk car’ places, but hadn’t done it yet. He asked me how much I wanted for it and I told him, and I came down a little more after talking about it, and he ended up giving me back my check for the tree trimming job he had done. So I did my first barter.
Now I have an empty space to stack up iron, to be taken to the scrap yard. The guys can just back up their trailer and load it up. Well, I won’t be moving really heavy stuff to this location, just the smaller things I can handle. This is what my DH wanted me to do, if he left this planet, and I am working on it, slowly but surely. Grieving, missing him and being alone, really takes a toll but, I’m getting used to it all, by taking things one day at a time, one step at a time, trusting in God all along the way. I do have times of tears, but also have moments of joy. I am excited about projects I want to do, inside and out and will do them as I can.
Gardens are doing well, roses are blooming along with other things, weeds. I love this time of year coming up. Gardening is a joy instead of a miserable chore.
Below are some roses in bloom now.
La Marne is one of my favorite simple roses.
This is ‘Maman Cochet’ climber. She smells wonderful.
This is an unknown rose I bought this past spring. An old fashioned rose.
That’s it from Plum Cottage.
Enjoy your weekend,
count your blessings.