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November 5, 2012

The Last of Fall as Winter Approaches

Winter is just around the corner so I have kept busy trying to get done all the yard work before the snow comes including getting the garden all harvested and ready for winter. 
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie
With a few days of snow then rain and bad weather
it has been hard to get out and work the beds as they were so wet.  But we did manage to get 3 beds of potatoes harvested along with carrots, onions and still have a bit of lettuce under cover.  I have been busy racking leaves every few days and using them to mulch the garden plots that I have spread chicken manure with straw and wood chips then hand turned the plots.  As we no longer cut our hay I don’t have bales to use for covering the garden in the winter like I use to.  Also here is a little view of the garden and our fields and creek from the rock bluff above us.
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie
But now with all the ornamental trees that have matured over the years that we planted I have so many leaves to rack everywhere.
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie
These trees and bushes are now providing
such beautiful fall color in and around our yard.
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie
On even a dull day when I look out the window
they can bring a ray of light.
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie 
We had just a week of below freezing weather early in October but it has been above freezing for almost 2 weeks now
extending the color in the yard.  However the rain has now taken most the leafs from the trees.
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie 
Yes we have had our share of rain, but was much needed in the ground as we hadn’t had rain for 2 months before.
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie
But the day before the rains hit, the weather was like a summer day on October 11 so we went for a bike ride.  Our first together in almost 2 years as hubby had given his bike away.  I finally just bought a new one for him.  I had to walk a lot as my back had been soar from the extra digging in the garden, but it was well worth it to have gone anyway to experience this beautiful trail near my town.
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie
I also had a plum dandy day
with canning the many plums we harvested
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie
Of course this is the time of the year for getting firewood.  While out a couple of weeks ago hubby and I were pulling logs from the forest.  I had felt pretty good with my back so I went to help. I always do all the log chocking.  That is running the cables to the logs and getting them wrapped around the ends so hubby can pull them out with the tractor.   The cables seemed so much heavier to me this year.  As usual many logs were very difficult to pull out to where they could be cut to 12 foot lengths and loaded with tractor on to the back of our flat deck truck.  We would sometimes spend an hour to get one log out through other standing trees, over stump and rocks.   There were still about 2 or 3 logs left further in the forest away from the road when we were done for the day.  Hubby said he would have to think about how we would get them out.  I finally spoke up and said if you have to think about it, then we are leaving the trees and just let them rot.  We have so many dead standing tree that are easy to get to, but for years he has always gotten every single one no matter how difficult.  Well those days are over.  Nature can now have some dead trees to replenish the ground with.
On a bad note just the next day the clutch went in the tractor.  It was on hubbies list to fix this past summer just never got around to it.  Makes getting firewood more difficult as everything has to be cut right away into small pieces and walked to the truck and thrown in.  Some of these logs are almost 2 feet across and very heavy.  Hubby is now experiencing back and neck problems as well.  So now instead of spending the whole day on fire wood he only spend a couple hours.  It’s not easy for him to slow down, I have to be after him all the time.  We had the tractor taken into town to be fixed.  Hubby did the job 15 years ago, but I said better have someone else do it then him hurt himself trying or the weather turning bad and only have outside to work in.  Better no money and be healthy.
And what better way to stay healthy then with a new batch of my rhubarb wine I have just started.
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie
Well we finally got ourselves a new snow plow.  After hubby insisted the new front hitch that was purchased for it didn't fit and left to go get firewood, I had a look at the instructions and figured out what had to be removed to get it on.  In less then an hour I had the front hitch all installed.  Hubby was shocked to see what I had done.  Later hubby got the rest of the snow plow put together and it is now on the truck and ready to try out.  I only hope it works.  This will be the first proper snow removal equipment we have ever had for our driveway.  We have struggled for over 20 years trying different ways with no spending money.  Another expense, but it gives me so much piece of mind.
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie
In between all this I have tried to get visits in to all my fellow bloggers.  I also finally completed a book of Volume 1 of my blog God’s Garden of Nature through  It required so much formatting that took a lot of concentration.  I also did a quick other book through as I had a special for a free 8X8 book.  It is called Expressions of Nature with just photos.  Anyway these projects and more that I have going have been taking up more of my computer time.  I will share my books with you soon. 
Until then one last blow of a puff ball
Photo by Here I Am/Carrie
And have a
Good Morning…  Good Afternoon…  Good Night…
Whatever it is to you.
Photo & Words
Here I Am/Carrie



Penny Whiteway said...

I love your shiny, new snow plough, Carrie. Clever you for working out how to attach it.The colourful trees look tremendous and I rather like the look of your home made wine. Take care and don't work too hard. Pen.

Nancy J said...

Your firewood sounds so like ours, but we do not have to haul them out.The puff ball, super clos up pic, as a child, we blew on them and sang," 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock,3 o'clock, 4; 5 and 6 and 7 and more " and imagined it told us the time. Lovely photos of fall colours, preserves and your garden. take care not to work tooo hard!! Advice we are given each day now, and do I listen?? Fond greetings from Jean.

Horst in Edmonton said...

AWESOME BLOG Carrie, Wow, you got so much into one blog. Love the colors of your place in the fall time, it sure looks beautiful. Love the snow plow, hope it works well for you and your hubby.

NITA said...

Wow, I need to lay down after reading all that you have been up to. lol :) you seem happy doing it, but be careful of those backs.

God Bless - Nita

Lisa Gordon said...

Sure looks like you are getting all tucked in for winter, Carrie! Looks like a lot of hard work too.
Your photographs are wonderful. I especially like the mosaics. So nicely done!
Wishing you a bright beginning to your week!

Anonymous said...

Wow that final picture of the dandelion is so magical. There is like an entire world inside and the inner halo looks sacred. I do not know how you do this. Just keep doing it. I am suspecting you get nature to pose for you.

I am trying to imagine rhubard wine? Red or white? Isn't it like really sour? Just wondering.

I am impressed with the shiny new snow plough. I am amazed at how much labour you manage. I am leaving some blueberry salve. Er, I use blueberries for everything.

Thank-you for visits to Word Zoo and kind words of appreciation. Need words. I love going to

In the drop down menu there are synonyms, opposite words, definitions, spell check and other great stuff. I am always using dictionaries because I snack on words.

God Bless you dear one
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Leovi said...

Wonderful photos, great creations, all are exquisite, precious mosaics of images that shows the beauty of this magical place with fall colors. Greetings.

Nancy J said...

Carrie, thank you so much for your lovely words on my blog, do you have an email address? Yes, I am taking care, pacing myself, stopping when it gets too much, we are out tomorrow for a photo shoot day, but frosts will be all over in the morning. Take care, you too. Fond greetings, Jean

Ramblingon said...

Carrie, you leave me with such a smile and a lift of spirits reading the blog and seeing the beauty that you and your husband are such good stewards to. Madfe my day..maybe the week. Beauty that you both work diligently to maintain and enjoy the fruits. None better than that, my friend. xxoo

Arlene said...

Another wonderful post Carrie, and such fantastic photos. My word you do keep busy, between your bottling, lumberjacking, etc. and here \i sit surfing. \LOL thank you for the comment on my blog post, I couldn't quite understand what you were explaining about comments, do you mean by replying to comments on your own posts that gives you spam, I always try to reply to comments, and I don't THINK I get spam but who knows, maybe I just haven't been told. Glad you liked your award, very well deserved.

Michael (Light-In-A-Box) said...

Hello Carrie, oh my goodness yes winter is on its way, we've been chilly here for awhile but the next few days we are expecting an artic front with -20c winds. This is when I really should just hibernate for a few months...

My back would not last too long working in your yard but the beautiful landscapes would all be worth it. : )

Awesome photos Carrie.

GreatGranny said...

Carrie, you're one busy lady and you found time to visit. Thank you so much for your input on Kassey's GMO post.
I bet that wine is delish. The collage of the plums is so pretty trimmed in my favorite color purple.
Be safe and happy.

Kevin Dowie said...

Looks like an idyllic location Carrie, obviously it keeps you busy though! :-)

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Anyone who may be venturing by this blog I just wanted to give a early heads up before I post it here regarding my book I was working on for God's Garden of Nature. I have posted a preview of the book over at my other blog. Just click here to see it to see the blog
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week and thanks for coming by and visiting.
Hugs Carrie

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Oh sorry I see my link didn't work. Well just go to the top of my page on the right hand side you will find a link to my blogs at God's Garden of Nature.

Martha said...

Stopping by from Michiko's. Wow, lovely photography. That last flower picture, the "puff ball" is so lovely!

Ramblingon said...

Horst sure said it for me. Awesome blog and man, you packed in beautiful photos as a window into your life there. xox

Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie, I see it's been a very productive season for you guys... never tried the rubarb, was wondering how much sugar it takes in that size? The wonderful snow plow is such a great idea, knowing it will be put to good use.
We'll be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, can hardly wait for the cranberry! Take care, and stay warm now - hugs n cheers!

Buttons said...

Oh I do hope your hubby's back is doing better. I can so relate we are farmers in Ontario and trying to do the same work we did 20 years ago with a 20 year older body. Yikes. I must say it is getting much harder.
That is a nice plow on your truck I assume you live in the mountains.
Keep warm and healthy, and I hope your weather holds.
Your photos are beautiful. B

José María Souza Costa said...

Yo soy brasileño, y tengo un blog, muy simple.
Estoy lhe invitando a visitar-me, y se posible, seguimos juntos por ellos.
Fuerza, Alegría y Amizad.
Ven para acá, y deja un comentário, para YO, seguí en su blog con facilidad.

Abrazos, del Brazil.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Wonderful blog!

You are a master at multi-tasking. I'm not nearly as active or productive.

Of course I have a bad back with loads of hardware holding my back together.

Pace yourself :)

RedWillow ~ a Beauty seeker said...

Carrie I loved this blog . The photos are so beautiful . Your a hard worker. I cant work that hard any more . Not sure if I ever will again.
Blessings to you this week. I feel blessed stopping by.
xox Much Love

Anonymous said...

This post was written some time ago, but I love the photos, they are beautiful and colourful. You have really been productive, haven't you?