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

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Butterflies, Carrots & Rustic Deck Railing

The butterflies have been swarming the Joe Pye Weed and Thistle blooms near the garden...we often see Pipevine Swallowtails around, but today there were lots of Tigertail Swallowtails and I believe a Spicebush Swallowtail...it's the one in the center, I spotted it for the first time a few days back, but I don't think there are many and it's taken a long time to get a good picture...their presence makes the walk to the garden quite a treat!

We harvested our first carrots...yes, they're short and fat, its a variety to accommodate rocky soil like we have...their carroty aroma filled the air as soon as we harvested them.  They were sweet though I have to admit a little hard.
In addition to the carrots we harvested a full basket of beans and this squash...quite the harvest for the day!

We've been very busy building our rustic deck railing so I thought I'd share one picture.  I've been taking before and after shots of the other sections, but this one had been started some time ago and we're pretty sure we've got it finished.  We're pleased with how it's all coming along...can't wait to show you the entire finished railing. 
We're still debating on whether we want to keep that small branch that is just sticking out there, adds a little character...what do you think?

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Dad/Pepere said...

I like the small branch that is just sticking out there...reminds me of ET pointing to the heavens. A random thought about the carrots...with all the rain, perhaps the carrots did not have to grow deep to get the moisture they needed...this is what happens in FL when you get a lot of rain and the roots stay near the top of the ground and get all the moisture they need. Hugs!

Lise said...

ET, funny dad. I think we will keep the stick! Your thoughts on the carrots makes sense, I think we can point the finger at the rain for every garden imperfection, LOL! Hugs back!