Sunday, October 11, 2009

We Survived The Great Tomato Purge Of OCT 09!!

Silly title, but an important job!! It is that time of year here in Virginia. Time to clean up the gardens and get them ready for sleep under a nice bed of chopped leaves and grass clippings!
We are having beautiful weather today and I got the kids outside to help me in the cleanup. I really do need their help as I don't want to overdo it and hurt my back. Fortunately, that was enough of a plea to get the kids out in the sunshine!!
We had a real tangle of vines to clean up in the tomato bed. Next year, I will be even more dilligent about keeping the vines under control!!! Our efforts quickly dissolved into a bit of a tomato toss with lots of giggles and laughs and general mayhem! But we got it done!!

A little tomato juice even rotten tomato juice never hurt anyone!! Becca was dissecting some green ones with her clippers and then she decide to try to burst one with her gloved hands. Now neither of my kids will eat fresh tomatos- what is wrong with them??? The tomato the Becca was fooling around with explored and squirted juice all over her face!! Of course that brought on a chorus of 'the attack of the killer tomatoes' and huge guffaws from older brother.

I am really quite sad that this is the end of the fresh tomatoes for this year!! We had such a

great crop and I have eaten fresh fruit everyday!! I will get more when these ripen but then we will have to dream of next summer for the new crop!! SIGH!!!!
Perhaps I will try to find a recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes. I have never tried them before and I am not a big one for fried foods but perhaps if I used Olive oil.....

Last fall, I put in some hardy chrysanthemums and they ahve opened this week! They are very tall and stunning! These photos make me want to get out my watercolor paints again!

I just adore white cosmos and next year will palnt many more white ones!!! They look so crisp and fresh and clean in the garden!!

I found this amazing web in the corner of the porch. Quite the work of art,don't you think??

Now for a little bit of Beaded art!

A good friend had her birthday way back in August and I am sure that she thinks that I have forgotten- no just late!!! She and I were searching all over for face beads to offer in my beading classes, we both enjoy including faces as surprise elements in our beadwork. Then i ahd the idea to create some of my own. From there it was s hort jump to design this bracelet for her .

I am quite pleased with how it turned out. Now I can surprise her with a very tardy birthday gift!!!
I hope that everyone is able to enjoy this nice long weekend!! Get out intot he sunshine if you can!!!!


Jackie said...

Hi Elizabeth
Thank you so much for all the lovely things you said about my blog. I'm sorry I don't get round to every blog very often. I do try. The beaded bracelet is so unusual and I'm sure the recipient will have loved it.
Have a lovely week.

Marilyn Rock said...

Lots to share, here, Elizabeth - thank you! Gardens of, any kind, are lots of work but your results are always worth it! It's a great family activity, too, as I can see. Beautiful pictures of your flowers and art!

Heather Robinson said...

I honestly hope everyone gets a chance to enlarge this bracelet and look at all of it spectacular detail. It is delicious!! Oh Elizabeth, I'm so sorry that it's taken me so long to pop by and say hello. I was so touched by your comment on my blog. Our mutual and dear friend, Marilyn, has such a lovely way of bringing us all together doesn't she? I've become a favourite of your blog and hope to visit often. Big hugs, Heather Robinson

barbara burkard said...

SUCH STUNNING LOVELINESS!!!! been such a bit...and look at all i've been missing!!! sending love and hugz!

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, your jewelry is BEAUTIFUL!
Thank you for your kind comments about mine too!

We had delicious tomatoes in spite of the blight that hit them because of the rainy weather. Some had "freckles" and others had ugly rotten spots, but the majority made it to harvest. I'll miss them too! The "plastic" ones the stores sell - ick!

Sharon said...

Elizabeth you have been a busy girl. I am drooling over your beautiful jewelry. I have been giving it a try, sure is a learning experience. My fingers feel like they have done battle. Sure wish you were closer. I keep saying that , don't I. LOL Sharon


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