Autumn presents the perfect opportunity to look back over the year and realize how much has happened, and hopefully see how much has been accomplished. Pictures are the best way to document the goings-on and today, as I've been going through them, it is almost astounding how the landscape around Bentpath Getaway has changed from earliest spring until now.
Although we still have a few trees to plant and the herbs to harvest and dry before the winter settles in, most of the outside work is finished for this year. We have an orchard! That's the biggest and most significant change. Along with 25 fruit trees and countless fruit bushes, mostly native to the area, the wildflowers, strawberries, sunflowers and various herbs have flourished and provided colour as well as great flavours.
We actually even harvested a single apple, WooHoo! From a first year planting, that's a worthwhile statement, at least in my estimation. The strawberries, in particular, have done extremely well, still producing the odd one for a nibble as we wander through. I do believe planting plenty of garlic cloves throughout the other plants has been helpful in keeping some little furry foragers away.
All in all, I consider this year a success from the agricultural perspective.
Going forward through the winter months we will operate on a B & B basis. Please check the brochure for our special, all-inclusive package over the Christmas Season ... and share it!
Till next time .... stay safe, get some fresh air every day and take advantage of every moment of sunshine.
Walked to first rows of the corn field picking up walnuts. I see the deer have been nibbling and really tromping down a couple areas. It was raining again by the time I came back to the house with my walnut loot, some late rhubarb stalks and a bouquet of small sunflowers.
It's been a grey, dull, rainy, dreary day but before the sun sets I wanted a breath of the rain-freshened air, so I headed to our wee orchard. Bumblebees are out in force! They are particularly busy around the sunflowers
October 3 and the strawberries are still going!
I love autumn!!