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I know I’ll be doing posts soon on the summer’s end garden wrap up, starting school, and a look back at summer (and on where to buy fabric, Anne!), but there are a few odds n’ ends I thought I’d chronicle now.
Here’s dear Tom.
Both of the lady ducks have vanished, leaving him all alone, which we find very sad. When we were on vacation we came back and found out that he hadn’t been seen in a couple of days by our animal caregiver. But the next day we were outside and he came flying back to us! Since then he’s been happily eating with the chickens and gently quacking quacking around. I am happy he’s back, but feel sad that he’s one of a kind.
Squeezing in yet one more fun activity on Sunday afternoon Paul found out that a Scandinavian Festival was being held only an hour away. Even though it rained on us we had a good time hearing some interesting Scandinavian instruments, dressing up like Vikings, eating tasty Scandinavian foods (including an amazing raspberry almond concoction that I will dream about forever until I can find it again), and watching the wife carrying competition. No, we did not participate in that last one.
Thor aka Paul


I’m still getting tomatoes and now tomatilloes from the garden, but I’m feeling quite done with it. I did plant spinach, beets, and red cabbage seeds, and did get seedlings, but then the chickens snuck in and messed things up. We have 4 garden beds and you can see here that the top left one is a mass of vines and morning glories. All that bed was supposed to be winter squash and there’s just one tiny squash in there. The morning glories crossed over to the tomato bed (upper right) and have travelled across it and down to the lower right.
Messy End-of-Summer Garden

When I went out to take the morning glories picture I had a wonderful surprise:
I planted dill because it is attractive to swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. I cut down most of it, but left some and lo and behold, we saw six caterpillars on the plant!
Swallowtail Caterpillars
Aren’t they so vivid and striking?
Swallowtail Caterpillars
I said we could keep one inside and hopefully watch it transform.
Swallowtail Caterpillars

Tomorrow is Clark’s first day of second grade and I’m definitely ready for the kids to go back to school. We’ve had a lot of fun, but also a lot of bickering. I think he’s excited to see his friends every day and get back to class. We were able to have a visit to his classroom today to check it out and he seemed pretty excited to see his desk and cubby and books all the things in the room (though I have to admit, it looked much less vivid and stimulating and colorful than his 1st grade room. I guess in second grade you buckle down a little bit?)
My mom and I also spent the morning cooking and zipping a ton of corn. We seal them in ziplock bags and freeze them. Summer goodness in the winter!

About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

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  1. Those caterpillars are stunning! We’ve had a terrarium with a rotation of monarch caterpillars all summer at the library, and it’s been so neat to see them grow and transform into butterflies.

    • So cool, isn’t it? Last year we got caterpillars that turned into painted lady butterflies and I saved the habitat and of course couldn’t find it.


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