42. Apple Butter II

Another apple butter cook! This is our neighbor’s 22nd annual apple butter cook! It is also an open house where they display their extensive collection of antiques in their house, barns, and various other small sheds (filled with MORE antiques) on their property.

One of the small sheds (filled with chicken-themed antiques!) The cleanest coop I've ever seen!

One of the small sheds (filled with chicken-themed antiques!) The cleanest coop I’ve ever seen!

Twisty pine just screams, "It's October!"

Twisty pine just screams, “It’s October!”

A 1940's Ford tractor

A 1940’s Ford tractor

The views of our house and yard from their yard:

Can you spy the "Spy's" tree fort?

Can you spy the “Spy’s” tree fort?

It's tucked away!

It’s tucked away!

Part of our back yard is on the left side of this fence.

Part of our back yard is on the left side of this fence.

We are nestled right in!

I got to give a few garden tours to some mutual friends at the apple butter cook. Giving a tour of my garden is probably (at least) my #3 Most Favorite Thing To Do (of all time) hahaha. One little girl who walked through said, “This is the best garden I’ve ever seen!” WOOO HOOO (so basically my life is complete!) HaHA

My neighbor (who is in her 80s) also has a pretty cool vegetable garden. Even though it is a lot smaller than our garden, I will readily admit she had far bigger and more prolific tomatoes than we did this year! Many times this summer I brought her over some of the weird things we were growing and she loaded me up with bags full of perfect, heavy, red tomatoes.

My neighbor's garden

My neighbor’s garden

I love to talk gardening with her. She has many years of wonderful gardening experience.  It is also exciting to show her some of the more unique varieties we try to grow. She gave us the two plum trees we have in our garden (not fruiting yet; maybe next year!).

But back to the apple butter:

The freshly canned batch was dwindling fast!

The freshly canned batch was dwindling fast! I made sure to snag a pint!

By the time I got over to the “cook”, the big kettle had already been removed from the open fire pit, so I missed any top-secret apple butter tips! Click here to see some cooking.

Lots of equine antiques, which I love!

Lots of equine antiques, which I love!

A unique potted tropical plant

A unique potted tropical plant

Dogs with Halloween garb!

Dogs with Halloween garb!

And back home to our house…

My potted Meyer lemon tree

My potted Meyer lemon tree

I got this Meyer lemon tree for Mother’s Day and it had small lemons on it then. Jeez they take a long time to grow. I hope I get some lemons before I need to bring it inside (before the first frost) because I have a feeling that Babyzilla may “investigate” the tree further once it comes into the living room.

Maybe I can distract her with some warm bread and apple butter!

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