Hi and welcome to this week’s edition of
We’re compiling our weekly blessing list with Susanne at Living To Tell The Story.
1. Last Friday was another lovely summer-like day. I called my ever ready beach buddy and we headed up to the little cove that Sophie and I had discovered.
A perfect way to celebrate Oct 1st!
2. October garden update: last week I showed you the sugar snap pea blossoms – this week we picked our first ever, second crop of sugar snap peas. They were planted Aug 1st along with some yellow beans, carrots and beets.
The yellow beans are in flower but no beans yet. The carrots and beets are looking good. And we still have our first crop of carrots to harvest yet, along with potatoes, parsnips, parsley, and Niki’s gorgeous Cinderella pumpkins and squash.
The garden flowers that I grew from seed are still bright and colorful.
And look at this
I planted a whole row of cosmos but only one plant grew. It’s about 4 feet tall, lovely and green but it never formed any heads until this week. Now it’s loaded! I wonder will the frost hold off until it blooms? I’ll keep you posted 🙂
3. The sunflowers were hit hard by tropical storm Earl. I debated pulling them out as they are quite ragged and spindly,
but I’m glad I didn’t.
because the chickadees discovered them.
I can hear their song, chick a dee dee dee, from the kitchen window as they dart back and forth between the trees and the garden. So cheery!
4. This past summer, we noticed quite a few trees in our area have been struck by a blight. The leaves withered and turned brown.
It was so disheartening to see a tree bare as November in August. Sarah and I mourned a little, thinking that we might miss the autumn leaf glory.
But something unexpected happened!
It’s like a small miracle to see bright spring-green leaves appear in late September and October. I’m interested to see if they will turn a more vivid autumn gold or scarlet than the faded leaves that hung on all summer.
5. Our days are growing shorter here on the Island. Darkness falls around 7pm now. The nights are cool enough for a fire in the fireplace. Evenings find us by the hearth, drinking a cup of tea, reading, chatting or just watching the logs burn slowly down.
Last night I read a book in one sitting. It’s been a long time since I was so fascinated with a story that I didn’t put it down until I was finished.
An Island to Oneself – Six Years on a Desert Island by Tom Neale – the true story of a man who decided to live by himself on a small tropical island. Although not a true castaway story, it’s very similar to that genre.
I’ve loved castaway stories since childhood days, when I read Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink. I moved on to others such as The Swiss Family Robinson, Castaways in Lilluput, Island of the Blue Dolphins and the Swallows and Amazon series (not strictly castaway but an island adventure story).
Have you read any castaway stories? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for new titles. I foresee many long evenings reading in front of that fire this winter. So cosy!
Well, that’s my fifth favourite from the week – thanks so much for dropping by for a visit!
And to all my Canadian blogging friends – a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend!