Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Singing His Heart Out

This handsome guy sat on this branch singing his heart out for quite a while. You can click here to listen and learn more about them. I enjoyed his serenade, though I'm sure it wasn't for me!
Did you know Goldfinches are vegetarians? Sunflower and thistle seeds are their favorite.
Do you have Goldfinches at your feeders?

Thanks for reading my blog, see you tomorrow,
Lise

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Is Making Its Mark

We love walking around and spotting new signs of spring and it seems that yesterday's rain followed by today's warm sun has everything popping. Johny and I have been watching closely because we were concerned that the recent freeze might have killed much of the new growth, but the blossoming buds prove otherwise (other than a few spots frost bite here and there). I do believe (and hope) spring is here to stay. 

We're thrilled that two of our apple trees, the Arkansas Black & Candy Crisp, have lots of blooms (the Honey Crisp doesn't have buds yet).  We're thrilled because this will be the first year they produce fruit. 
 

The Dogwood are slowly unfolding their petals.  


The maple tree leaves have a beautiful red top when they first appear.

We have lots of dainty gooseberry blooms this year (last year they were new planted and produced very little).

Lots and lots of blueberries!

Of course, springtime means planting. We're preparing the rows of mounds for seeds; the first things we will plant are carrots, spinach, and lettuce, all able to handle the cold. We've already planted our potatoes, and we have some beans sowed in the square foot planter we moved a few days ago (I hope we didn't plant them too soon, time will tell)

Are you seeing signs of spring?

Thanks for reading my blog, see you tomorrow,
Lise

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Wee Bright Spot...

...on a rainy, grey day...

 

Thanks for reading my blog, see you tomorrow,
Lise

Monday, April 21, 2014

Walking The Deep Creek Trail

We spent this morning walking along the two mile Deep Creek Trail, a meandering path that serenades you with the sound of flowing water. Here's some of what we came across...

Tom Branch Falls

We came across a small cairns (a stack of stones, you can see it in the lower right corner of the photo, on top of the big rock); I wonder who made it and why. I almost added a stone and decided against it because I didn't want to disturb it.

Daisy Fleabane dotted the path along the way. We also saw Trillium and May-apple (those photos didn't turn out very well).

I wonder who might live in this small cave...
Indian Creek Falls was lovely...
...and quite powerful.

These curls of these unfurling ferns caught my eye...

Crested Dwarf Iris grew in one spot...
...my favorite of the walk today.

We found a single morel where a bunch of old apple trees were. We left it there, but are excited to know they are popping up...these are some of the best mushrooms you can eat!

Prostrate Bluets blanketed many areas. 

This log bridge bounced as we walked over it!

The Sweet White Violets were beautiful. Unfortunately, the freeze a few days ago zapped the purple Violets. 

This is Juney Whank Falls. There's a bridge that crosses over it (you can see the railing in the bottom left of the photo)...
 ...when you turn to look over the other side of the bridge, the fall seems to go forever.

I loved the water splashing on this moss covered rock.

I came across these Dandelion puffs as we were leaving; the place was covered with them and we were tempted to collect some leaves for salad, but we decided against it since we were in a national park.
 
I hope you enjoyed a little taste of Deep Creek Trail as much as I enjoyed being there!

Thanks for reading my blog, see you tomorrow,
Lise

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter. 
If you don't celebrate this holiday, I wish you a wonder-filled day!

It's a beautiful day here in the Appalachian mountains, an awesome day for buzzing around...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Exit...stage right!
 
Thanks for reading my blog, see you tomorrow,
Lise

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Reflections


Today's a good day for reflecting...
 

I used to write "you are the best f/f/r/s/f's" when I signed each blog post. Not too long ago, it occurred to me that those of you who never saw the original post explaining it would never know what it meant, so I stopped using it. Interestingly, no one has asked about it. But today, I want you to know...
You are the best family/friends/readers/subscribers/followers!

I truly appreciate you:)   

Thanks for reading my blog, see you tomorrow,
Lise

Friday, April 18, 2014

Moving The Square Foot Gardening Boxes

A couple years ago, we built three square foot garden boxes and installed them in a little valley to the west of the cabin. Unfortunately, the surrounding woods keep the area quite shady except for midday, and the slope of the land kept the boxes damp all the time, so no matter what we sowed, it eventually withered and died. The only thing that was prosperous in them was weeds!

We decided to pull them apart and rebuild them in a new area of the garden.

We'll be taking the good soil we filled them with too.

This section of the garden is outside the fenced area where there are several tree stumps and large roots, extremely difficult to dig into...a perfect space for the three planters!

Johny dug out some of the earth...
...so the box would be level.
He added a few blocks of wood to complete the box, pulled out all the weeds and then filled it with the old soil. Square foot garden box #1 complete! He'll be moving the other two in the next day or two.

We've decided to plant our beans in them. The rabbits don't eat them (at least that's our experience thus far) and it will make a good frame for the trellises. It'll also make it easier to harvest the beans. We'll be burning those surrounding weeds away, then laying newspaper down and covering it with mulch to help prevent future weeds; that will happen in a few days as well. I think it will look pretty when it's all done:)

Time to get our hands dirty...let the gardening begin!

Thanks for reading my blog, see you tomorrow,
Lise