It was a beautiful fall day here in New Hampshire. Temps in the state have dropped into the 20’s at night and 50-60’s during the day, the Jerusalem artichokes are blooming, and the leaves are still turning and falling.
A full season of wood pellets are stacked although there is a waiting list at almost every store. The workers are scheduled for next Wednesday to take the attic insulation R-value to 60.
Lots of fall work and raking left to do. I’m still been busy deadheading, pulling weeds, moving plants and tidying things up.
Volunteer church gardening found me in the neighboring town of Durham last week digging up a nice donation of Lady’s Mantle for planting around Mary’s statue at St. Joseph’s Church. The replanting is done, and it looks nice.
However, I swung by St. Mary’s Church to check on some transplanted phlox and what I saw there wasn’t so nice. Arson. The three-car garage intended to house a future food pantry had been set ablaze. As I stood there I kept wondering ‘why’ even though I knew there really wasn’t an answer.
Master Gardener volunteer gardening led me to the Lee Transfer Station last week. I was scheduled to work at the NH Native Garden where native plants are grown and labeled so that local grade school children can learn about natives.
I live in a town with a recycling center which means you pull up to a large can and dump. It is your basic place to deposit plastic, metal, iron, yard and construction waste and they aren’t resident friendly. So, I am always impressed with the neighboring rural town of Lee, population 4,300, and their modern transfer station which allows you to drive inside to deposit your various items, shovel your own wood chips, and visit their swap shop for recycled goodies.
Between gardening projects, sewing has kept me occupied. I made a couple of table rounds and a couple of aprons – one made out of a men’s dress shirt and one that wraps around the back. Next, I’ll work on creating the binding for the quilt being long arm quilted so that I’m ready when it is returned. I’m also thinking about some new fleece robes.
Baking lemon bars and freezing sugar cookie dough kept me busy this afternoon. I love having cookie dough in the freezer already to go on the pan and be baked up fresh and hot.
Life is good here. Here’s hoping your week is looking good as well. 🙂