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Turkey Tracks: Old Raspberry Canes Project

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Turkey Tracks:  August 16, 2017

Old Raspberry Canes Project

This treat is now a thing of the past.  Frozen berries are never as sweet as the ones just off the canes.

I have been hard at work in the garden over the past few weeks.  Here I’m cleaning out the old raspberry canes–the ones that fruited.  Seven wheelbarrows full.  The area in front of the wheelbarrow has two raspberry problems:  two much shade and purple raspberries turning all the raspberries purple.  I pulled them out.

Now I need some plants to line this border.  Small shrubs?  Colorful perennials?  The two blue hydrangeas are not doing a thing this year.  That happens.  It has been a very cool, dry summer.

The full moon arrived last week.  It was so bright that when I turned out my reading light, I got out of bed and went downstairs to see what outside light I had left on by mistake in the yard.  I could have read a book with no trouble outside.

I seem to have a purple loosestrife infestation in the rocks next to the driveway.  It is terribly invasive and has clearly been there more than one year, hiding behind the trees and shrubs that come up in those shale rocks.  I got out what I could, but climbing up on that shale is not in the cards for me.  Oh my.  Not sure what to do about this problem.  The plants are wound around the rocks and are now full of seeds.  I was not looking for it up there anyway, as the area is so dry, and this plant likes wetlands.  I always look for it in the tiny meadow in front of my house as it can be wet.  My neighbors are going to kill me.

I have trimmed out what small trees and shrubs I could reach–the grandsons helped one day as well–but will have to call for help on the upper reaches.  If these trees are not cut back when young, they will grow and fall over the driveway in winter storms and be much harder to cut when larger.  Karma yoga with this project.

I have so enjoyed this summer.  Lovely family visits.  Cool weather.  Glorious strawberries and raspberries.  Beautiful flowers in the garden.  And Blue Hubbard squash vines that have gone quite beserk!  It’s the Little Shop of Horrors plant of my garden.  And it’s loaded with squash.  I hope they have time to mature.  Perhaps, as September is now the new August.  Blue Hubbards are HUGE.  And a lovely dusty blue.  They are great keepers and delicious!

We’ve had a lot of fog just along the coast this summer.  I went into town yesterday, and it was socked in.  Here’s what a pea soup fog looks like–from Laite Beach in Camden, Maine.  That harbor is full of boats, but they have…disappeared.

I actually love these fogs.

No rain.  Maybe Friday.

 

 

 

 

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August 16, 2017 at 5:21 pm

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Turkey Tracks: Second Family Visit July 2017

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Turkey Tracks:  August 12, 2017

Second Family Visit July 2017

Hello there!

I have not disappeared totally.  I have just been enjoying the richness of a July filled with family visits.

Both sons came in July, bringing their wonderful families with them.

I posted after the younger son’s terrific visit–with some pictures for family and friends who read this blog.

The older son’s family left last weekend–also after a terrific visit.

All sewing pretty much halted, except for some hand sewing on the millifiore here and there.

So, July life was busy and full of shared experiences.

The children in my older son’s family are older now–so are “up” for exploring.  Some or all of them went on an eco tour on the Lively Lady to learn about lobsters and other Bay life, to Squirrel Island, to Hupper Island, and to Bar Harbor.  They, too, fell in love with the Ducktrap river, where it runs into the bay.  They hunted in the low-tide shallows for green crabs (at one point taking all my kitchen tongs to help in the capture), enjoyed the flora and fauna of this spot which is so different from southern beaches, and swam the river on the incoming tide by using the forceful inner flow to carry them from one side to the other.  (Maine has big tides.)  They can all swim to the float at Barret’s Cove on Megunticook Lake–a rite of passage.  And, one day, they were terrific help with gardening tasks, from mowing, to weed whacking, to pulling and storing this year’s garlic, to trimming trees and shrubs, to weeding crab grass, to dead-heading, etc.  They were amazing.

Somehow I have only these pictures, taken by their parents at Bar Harbor atop Cadillac Mountain.  I was having too much fun to carry around my phone for its camera.

Good visit!

 

 

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August 12, 2017 at 10:11 am

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Turkey Tracks: Hope’s Edge CSA Goodies

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Turkey Tracks:  July 15, 2017

Hope’s Edge CSA Goodies

Tuesday is CSA day–or a visit to my Community Shared Agriculture Farm “Hope’s Edge.”  (Hope is the name of the nearest town, and this farm is on the edge of it.)

I stopped on my way out leaving to take this picture of a row of cabbage as the colors were so beautiful.  This cabbage must be in the red family, but I’ve never seen this lavender and aqua form before now.

Bryan and Corinne were fascinated with my garlic scapes.  I made pesto with mine, and Corinne steadily inhaled it over the next few days.  Sadly, I could not taste it as it has aged cheese in it–Parmesan–which would trigger my Histamine Intolerance, which went off the charts this winter.  More on that later.  Maybe.  I am doing much better after eating a low histamine diet since November and have lost 35 pounds.

Here are some Hope’s Edge scapes.  And look at the color of that lettuce.  I can’t wait to eat it.

My own lettuce in my cold frame is thriving, but beginning to bolt.  I has fed so many of us for weeks and weeks now.

I reseeded, and some of those seeds have sprouted.  It is VERY dry.  The “D” word is on people’s lips, as in Drought.

I picked some of the last strawberries at Hope’s Edge this morning.  They are tiny, due to having no rain and being among the last to ripen.

Meanwhile, another BIG HAUL of raspberries here this afternoon.

I will likely get another quart from the bushes with ripe berries.  Meanwhile, look what’s coming along:

The garlic looks good.  The veggie plantings are light this year in terms of crops as I’m not sure if I can eat beans or not.  I have tomatoes for the visitors and squashes (yes, I can eat) planted.  And that’s my Georgia grandmother’s mint on the right front.  I almost lost this mint a few years back.  I’ve had it for about 50 years and in three houses.  One of my childhood memories is being sent out to her garden to get mint for the sweet ice tea served at “dinner,” in the middle of the day.

I’m enjoying this summer.

 

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July 15, 2017 at 10:14 am

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Turkey Tracks: The Tula Pink city Sampler: 100 Modern City Block Quilts

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Turkey Tracks:  May 18, 2017

The Tula Pink City Sampler: 100 Modern City Block Quilts

The Coastal Quilters’ and friends May 2017 retreat is in the previous blog entry.

Many members of both Coastal Quilters and Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild are making Tula Pink’s City Sampler:  100 Modern City Blocks.

Many people brought their blocks to the retreat.

Pictures were sometimes challenging as the light out in a hallway lined with design boards was “iffy” light, especially at dusk.  I probably brightened this picture too much.

Karen Martin has FINISHED all her blocks.  We spent some time arranging them–and now she will decide how to set them.  I love the limited palette Karen used.

Tori Manzi:

Another limited palette from Lynn Vermeulen–who also worked on and finished challenging black and white/bright color foundation paper pieced blocks:

Becca Babb Brott:

Linda Satkowski:

 

With this last picture, I am realizing I did not get pictures of Nancy Wright’s or Vicki Fletcher’s work.  I get pretty focused during a retreat, so missed getting up and taking pictures.  Sometimes though, people take down their work and start on other projects, so the opportunity to take a picture is lost.

I did not bring my Tula blocks to this retreat and need to do my May blocks.  I am also realizing I need to put them up on the design wall to see how they are playing together.

Next retreat:  October 2017.

 

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May 18, 2017 at 11:15 am

Turkey Tracks: Sunday Spring Sunshiny Walk

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Turkey Tracks:  April 23, 2017

Sunday Spring Sunshiny Walk

I shared another Sunday walk as we coastal Mainers got a hint of spring.

Now, spring is here, in all its unfolding glory.  The grass has greened up and soon will need to be mowed.  Spring bulbs and forsythia are blooming.  Flowering trees are starting.  The woods are tinged red as the red maples bloom.  This week, the forest will begin to take on that special “spring” green that emerging leaves create.  We have shed heavy coats for the most part, though it is spring in Maine, and we do get temps that run up and down the scale of cool to warm.

No No Penny and I spent a head-clearing, liberating hour, plus, in one of our favorite places, savoring all the spring signs.  Pen and I both love the freedom she has on this property.  She loves to feel like she is “working” with me on “something,” so she hunts the woods alongside me and listens for any directions or praise she might get from me.

Here’s the spring version of a late winter shot I posted earlier this year.

Red maples blooming against a spring blue sky:

Water, from recent rains and snow melt, is pouring off the high places.  Temporary creeks are everywhere.

The small retention pond is full.  The white dot on the far side is No No Penny.

Here comes the Happy Dog, who thought I called her.

Here’s a temporary creek:

And here’s a more permanent creek:

As we came along one of the other ponds, a pair of geese objected strongly.  Geese can be formidable foes, actually.  The male followed us around the entire pond, warning us all the way along.  There is either a nest in process, or soon will be.

We visited the horses, who come out of the barn to see us.

The one on the right is very tall.  And, friendly.

From this point, we head back up the hill, retracing our way back to the car.

Now, there is a tired dog and a woman who is deeply happy for the past hour.

At home, the windchimes sing a welcome.

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April 24, 2017 at 4:17 pm

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Turkey Tracks: New Bookcase

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Turkey Tracks:  April 3, 2017

New Bookcase

I had an old bookcase in the office/bedroom that literally fell apart a few weeks back.

I heard a crash and when I investigated, found two shelves had collapsed.  This bookcase was one of those cheap things that has paper insides.  It just could not stand up to the summer humidity on this floor and the weight of my quilt books.

I called friend Stephen Pennoyer, master carpenter.  He has helped me so, so, so many times with a property/household problem.

He came immediately on a Thursday, took measurements, and returned on Monday with a SOLID WOOD PAINTED BOOKCASE.

BOY AM I LUCKY!!!

I culled old quilt books in the process and recycled some old magazines in the process.

The best of all possible worlds.

Stephen swears this bookcase will not fall apart.  He guaranteed it for life too.

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April 3, 2017 at 10:46 am

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Turkey Tracks: Boot Wax and Coat Zippers

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Turkey Tracks:  December

Boot Wax and Coat Zippers

One day when Gina Caceci was here for Thanksgiving, we walked along the Rockland waterfront.  It was misty, though not too cold.  We both begin to zip up our coats.

I could not make my zipper work.

Gina could not make my zipper work.

At home, neither of us could make the zipper work.

On the way to take Gina to the Portland airport, we stopped by LLBean.

The return sales person made the zipper work in short order.  (Of course she did.)  But she gave me a new coat anyway.  And she suggested I get some boot wax and coat the zipper with it.  She had found that to be helpful with the big coat zippers.

So, I love my new coat.  It zips.  Which is important since we have had bitter cold.  (Bitter cold is cold in the single digits and below zero.  Cold in the 30s now feels like a summer breeze.)

And I just coated the zipper with the boot wax.

Then I coated my cherished boots with the beeswax.  (They were a gift from Sarah Rheault about 10 years ago since they did not fit her or her daughter.  They fit me wonderfully!!)

 

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Yes.  They look like new.

The instructions, which I read AFTER I waxed, said to heat the leather with a hair dryer first to warm the leather.  Well, that makes sense.  Next time…

Meanwhile, the wax is on the counter ready to coat all the other coat zippers as needed.

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December 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm