My Walktober

Fall is here in all its glory, and I am loving every single moment of it – the beginnings of color, the crispness of the air – this is my favorite time of the year (until spring, when I will tell you that is my favorite time of the year). So I took a little walkabout our yard – and I’m hoping that this will qualify for the Walktober challenge put forth by Robin of Breezes at Dawn.

Our Maple tree.

Kat has decorated our front porch to celebrate her favorite holiday – Halloween. I don’t relate to Halloween being anyone’s favorite holiday, but those differences are what makes life interesting, aren’t they?

It’s our first Halloween at this house, so we aren’t sure what to expect. Kat has bought little packages of Oreos for the Trick or Treaters – since Oreos are about the only store-bought cookies I like, there is no danger of them going to waste if we have none of the little costumed folk. The danger is that none will be left by the time Trick or Treating happens. Because, you know, those cravings for sweetness that happen . . .

In our back yard, we have a garden area – in it we have one or two – I can’t tell for sure how many plants are there but it/they have made a very large tomato plant, which has done a very good job of satisfying my love for tomato sandwiches since we’ve been here, and I am grateful to the previous owners who did such a great job of planting.

It’s loaded with green tomatoes now

We’re going to have to pick them soon, I think, because our night time temperatures are getting very close to freezing. It will be time for some fried green tomatoes. Maybe some green tomato salsa – is there such a thing? I’ll have to ask Google about that.

Also in our back yard we have these feathered girls

They are very good about each providing us with a daily egg, which allows Kat to share with her fellow teachers. But you see that white one? Her name is Bridget, but sometimes she’s called Gertrude Meriweather – those times when she has put us at wit’s end because she is a smart girl. Also an adventurer, who likes to adventure into the neighbor’s yard because the bugs are so much better there. To her left is Calliope and behind Calliope is Mae – they are followers. To the far right rear is Artemis, who is always just a penny short. Artemis once got stuck in a corner in their old pen before we moved – it was a case of her needing to turn right to escape, but she apparently could only go left. Artemis is, therefore, not a problem. The others – yeah, Bridget leads them into trouble all the time. We may finally have found the combination that will keep them all in their proper pen, but it has taken all of our ingenuity and many modifications to their pen. We are trying to avoid having to put them in a completely covered enclosure which would drastically reduce their space. When this picture was taken, they were having a good time finding the grubs I had just thrown in to them. Because every member of the family deserves a treat now and then.

My picture verifying that in this life I have enough is this one

The burning bushes that are in the median of the street in front of our house are at their peak color now. Aren’t they just gorgeous? I’m hoping that you have enough in your life too.

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I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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14 Responses to My Walktober

  1. lois says:

    Your new house looks great. That is the biggest tomato plant/s I have ever seen–enjoy! I got a kick out of your girls. Poor Artemis–‘ a penny short’ sounds so sweet, though. Gotta love Bridget–we all need a Bridget to keep us on our toes. You sound happy, Carol. I’m happy for you.

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  2. Enjoy your tomatoes. We picked the last of ours a little while ago and I am now starting on the ones I froze……….. about 6 kilos!

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  3. dawnkinster says:

    I loved seeing your new yard! I love chickens, as long as they are someone else’s chickens. Which is why I don’t mind watching my neighbor’s when they’re out of town. They are such happy girls. And I love the shot of the burning bushes and the white fence. So pretty! I haven’t done my Walktober yet and time is getting away from me. Had a little family thing that pulled me away all last week, and this week is full of other appointments but I am determined to keep Friday free so I can do it! We will see.

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  4. Dale says:

    Wonderful share, Carol. Love the chickens and all their shenanigans. Enjoy that fabulous bumper crop of green tomoatoes!

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  5. Kathy says:

    Thanks for taking us on your Walktober around your new yard. (I love how a walk doesn’t need to be long or far.) Beautiful burning bush! And Happy Halloween week to you and your Oreos. *smile*

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Happy Walktober, Carol. Your tree and burning bushes are giving some great color. I am pretty lax these days regarding Halloween decorations, too. When the kids were little, I’d go all out. Now I’m happy with an autumn display of a few pumpkins, gourds, mums and Indian corn, which can be left out until Thanksgiving. Go easy on those Oreos! 🙂

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  7. Robin says:

    Thank you for joining us, Carol! I really enjoyed seeing the chickens and the monster tomato plant(s). It’s huge! And yes, there is such a thing as green salsa. I make it every year with our green tomatoes (once we’ve had enough of fried green tomatoes). I cut out the little core/top, quarter the tomatoes, put them on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then roast at 400°F for about 30 minutes or until the tomatoes are caramelized a bit. I often roast some onions with the tomatoes. All of that goes into a food processor (or blender) where I whirl it around a little. Not too much because I like it a little chunky. Add whatever seasoning you like (I like cilantro and lime juice). It’s good stuff. Or you can use it instead of red tomatoes in chili.

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    • Carol says:

      Thank you, Robin. I did find a recipe for green tomato salsa that sounds a lot like what you do. I might gather some of those green tomatoes today and make a batch because our night time temperatures are getting into the 30s now, although we haven’t hit freezing yet. I’m sure it’s not far off though.

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  8. What lovely surroundings you have, Carol. Bountiful tomatoes and eggs from chickens who get to eat bugs, and a beautiful maple tree! With loved ones close by it is certainly more than enough to live and enjoy a full life.

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  9. restlessjo says:

    Spring and Autumn are hard to choose between, aren’t they? Here it would always be Spring for me, because by Autumn things are starting to look tired, but in the UK I loved Autumn colour. We had the burning bush in our front garden there too.

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  10. Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog says:

    I loved your walktober staycation.

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  11. Lisa says:

    I very much enjoyed your Walktober! I had tomatoes ripening even at mid month. They are all gone now since we’ve had a couple severe frosts/freezes. Our color is stating to look tired and it’s raining leaves most of the days.

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    • Carol says:

      We haven’t had a freeze yet, so tomatoes continue to grow, although there aren’t many ripening. Those beautiful grape vines on the pergola? Sweeping the leaves and dropped grapes up has become a daily chore. I guess we have to take the bad with the good. At least I’m not dealing with a much larger space collecting pine needles and pine cones.

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