Monthly Archives: November 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

In the woods

In the woods

Dexie

Dexie

Red leaf

Red leaf

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Fall arrangement; lion's tail and blackberry branches from the garden

Fall arrangement; lion’s tail and blackberry branches from the garden

Very tall thanksgiving arrangement

Very tall thanksgiving arrangement

Garlic seed head and winter squash (Baby and I were trying to take some artistic pictures at night; she's holding the flashlight)

Garlic seed head and winter squash (Baby and I were trying to take some artistic pictures at night; she’s holding the flashlight)

Squash skin detail

Squash skin detail

Playing cards after thanksgiving dinner

Playing cards after thanksgiving dinner

Playing cards

Playing cards

Side table

Side table

Droopy loofah vine gourd after a hard frost

Droopy loofah vine gourd after a hard frost

Little mushrooms

Little mushrooms

Knockout rose

Knockout rose

Wood Ear (Tree Ear)

Wood Ear (Tree Ear)

Considered an edible and medicinal mushroom. A closely related species is cultivated in Asia and can be found in the United States in Asian markets. In Chinese, its name is “Hei mu-er.” You may have eaten it in Chinese hot and sour soup. The wood ear has been reported to positively affect blood coagulation and decrease blood cholesterol levels. Since it is a popular edible mushroom in China, it may contribute to the low incidence of heart disease there. (source: Missouri Department of Conservation)

Different lighting

Different lighting

 

DIY juggling balls: rice into plastic sandwich bags, into a balloon with the neck of the balloon cut off, then another balloon over that (to cover the opening)

DIY juggling balls: rice into plastic sandwich bags, into a balloon with the neck of the balloon cut off, then another balloon over that (to cover the opening) Click here for more detailed instructions.

Backyard

Backyard

A lot of fur still on this deer skull (found by Dexie well over a year ago)

A lot of fur still on this deer skull (found by Dexie well over a year ago)

Turkey tails

Turkey tails

After we celebrated thanksgiving we spent the weekend decorating…

Garden lights!

Garden lights!

Smoochie pausing to contemplate our lighting scheme haha

Pausing to contemplate our lighting scheme haha

Spy Garden looking quite magical!

Spy Garden looking quite magical!

Festive buck! haha

Festive buck! haha

And on to Christmas it is!

The Spy takes Christmas very seriously ahhaha

The Spy takes Christmas very seriously ahhaha

 

November 2015

Firepit

Firepit

November Sky

November Sky

Searching for treasure in the yard

Searching for treasure in the yard

They mostly just found old nails haha

They mostly just found old nails haha

Metal Detector

Metal Detector

Seed pod

Seed pod

Babyzilla

Babyzilla

Sticks

Sticks

Leaf

Leaf

Wood piles

Wood piles

A large acorn top

A large acorn top

Turkeys at sunrise

Turkeys at sunrise

Knockout roses at sunrise

Knockout roses at sunrise

These little yellow strawberries continue to produce!

These little yellow strawberries continue to produce!

Swinging in the Eno hammock

Swinging in the Eno hammock

Egg sack (not sure what kind of bug)

Egg sack (not sure what kind of bug)

Dexie stretching and enjoying a nice stick

Dexie stretching and enjoying a nice stick

Match box

Match box

A pretty matchstick holder

A pretty, old box of matches; we’ve had this box forever (maybe got it at a thrift store in Connecticut?) but I was just admiring it the other day and thought I would snap a few pics of it)

The garden

The garden

Maggie in the garden

Maggie in the garden

Blackberries

Blackberries

At school

At school

After school

After school

Siam basil

Siam basil

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Painting in progress

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Paintings in progress

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Jewelry made with stones, leather and a shell (beads and leather cord from Michael’s craft store)

Collaborative painting in progress

Collaborative painting in progress

Collaging

Collaging

The sun going down earlier means less time outdoors, but a lot more art indoors!

Cooking

Cooking

Fire

Fire

We finally got our first real cold weather today (even some snow, though it didn’t stick) so of course I am already thinking about next year’s garden. One plant I really want to grow is Lunaria (Silver Dollar Plant). Thanks to Eliza for the inspiration for that one! I missed having Eucalyptus (another Silver Dollar, haha!) this year, so would like to grow that again in 2016. And so the “to-grow” list begins.

Hope you all are having a nice weekend!

Early November in Spy Garden

Large mushroom (some type of hen of the woods?)

Large mushroom (white hen of the woods?)

Vertebra

Deer vertebra

Nasturtium

Nasturtium

Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board

Mum

Mum

Roselle (the ingredient in

Roselle (the ingredient in “zinger” tea); has a zesty cranberry flavor

Celosia

Celosia; left out in the rain and sun and turning brown…(if kept in a cool, dark place they will keep their color)

The other side (whoops, didn't mean to leave it out in the rain but oh well we can still save the seeds)

The other side (whoops, didn’t mean to leave it out in the rain but oh well we can still save the seeds)

Lion's Tail/Wild Dagga

Lion’s Tail/Wild Dagga

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi leaf

Celosia

Celosia

In the loofah vine gourd flowers

In the loofah vine gourd flowers

Banana trees

Banana trees

Dexie checking out the big mushroom: it's the size of a bird bath!

Dexie checking out the big mushroom: it’s the size of a bird bath!

Close-up

Close-up

Mushroom in the woods

Mushroom in the woods

So cool!

So cool!

Sunset

Sunset

Hair selfie

Hair selfie

Woods at dusk

Woods at dusk

Lots of little turkey tail mushrooms

Lots of little turkey tail mushrooms

Love the woods!

Love the woods!

One more photo of the big mushroom!

One more photo of the big mushroom!

And it is hard to resist taking a bunch of pictures of this photogenic plant!

And it is hard to resist taking a bunch of pictures of this photogenic plant!

This will be ripening on the countertop tomorrow: first frost of Spy Garden expected tonight!

This will be ripening on the countertop tomorrow: first frost of Spy Garden expected tonight!

Very spiky

Very spiky

See the bee?

See the bee?

Yellow butterfly

Yellow butterfly

Dexie looking in the window

Dexie looking in

Fallen branch off the snake tree

Fallen branch off the snake tree

Ssssss (haven't seen the snakes in awhile; they are probably already hibernating)

Ssssss (haven’t seen the snakes in awhile; they are probably already hibernating)

Blue Sky

Blue Sky

Fall forest

Fall forest

A quick still life painting tempera on copy paper (filter applied to a photo of it)

A quick still life painting tempera on copy paper (filter applied to a photo of it)

And a few fall pics of yore…

Kale (2012)

Kale (2012)

Little white moth/butterfly

Little white moth/butterfly

Leaves

Leaves

Hedgeapples

Hedgeapples

Artichoke Plant (2012)

Artichoke Plant (2012)

Fall is the best!