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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hops towards autumn

  The signs of autumn are appearing.
The chill in the air has arrived early. Early enough that we had to turn on the heat.
That does not make me happy.
With the cooler and wet summer there is lots of vegetation that has spouted and already falling over into moldy allergy prone heaps. Making for itchy eyes and sneezing days ahead.

One area I can show this week is the ripe hops growing in my neighbors and mine yards. Neither of us brew home-made beer, but it makes a good growing vine for shade or trailing coverage.

So lets hop on to, the autumn preview!

fat (ripe) green hops 
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fat hops head hanging heavy on a on trellis (good for shade)

hops in the process of drying

hops seed head, nice and dried
these will fall to ground and self seed and grow more plants, if wanted

If you would like to read more of what I have written on the history and uses for hops click HERE.

Is autumn showing its head in your part of the country. Or you in the part of the world where the new season will be spring?

Until next time ...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9-11 , thoughts for a day of Peace.

  Another anniversary of 9-11 is here.
My heart is still heavy, as if it just happened.
I have been saying lots of prayers that this anniversary goes by uneventful.
Let us all hope it ends that way.

Never Forget

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To read some of my poetry and see more images just click on the 9-11 in the category/Tags right side bar search cloud. Thank you.

Prayers for Peace
and an very uneventful 9-11.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Bud to Bloom - Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia - Black-Eyed Susans, from bud to bloom

buds opening

black-eyed Susans buds and 1 blooming

many stages of blooming

fat, top hat shaped seed head,
once dried I can harvest for reseeding, 
if the birds don't beat me to it

 sunny faces reaching for the sky

What is blooming by you this week?

  Until next time,

Friday, September 05, 2014

Critter Capers #4

  This is my fourth week of sharing critter capers (notice the #4 in the title?)
So what is Critter Capers? It is an off shoot of Burnt Food Dudes Feline Friday, GrammyMouseTails style

Feline Friday is easy to do. All you have to do is post a picture of a cat (or any critter like in my case) on your website. It could be a photo of your pet cat, a LOL cat or a drawn picture.
Grab the code and paste it on your page.
Add a link to your critter page.
Visit and comment on fellow participants for more fun.

Here are my critters for this week, with linky below.

I am not a morning person either, Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat image is property of Grumpycats.com

Guess kitty got out of that mess!

Even angry birds have to deal with teenage rebels!

Are you playing along or just visiting this week?

Until next time ...