Friday, September 26, 2014

End of Summer Crops and Sweet, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

These pictures were taken earlier this week and it shows our end of summer crops.  I will really only have two big crops soon if all goes well, sweet potatoes and peanuts.  I have a few figs on the fig tree, okra, eggplant and spinach but not a lot of any one thing.   We did have some friends give us some great bell peppers last week - I could not grow any this year and they are definitely our favorite vegetable!

Last year I planted ornamental sweet potatoes and this year I thought, well, I 'd rather eat what I plant at the end of the season, voila...sweet potatoes.  In the back are some small blueberries, eggplant and muscadines.
These have been so happy they have had  lovely purple flowers
Here is the fig tree with tarragon and Okinawa spinach in the background.
A few tasty figs.
Blue spires and porterweed and a small lemon tree in the background.  The bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love these guys.
The front is finally filling in with roses, lantana, angelonia, aloe, plumbago and some ornamental sweet potato
Roses, milkweed, annuals, angelonia and some weed with berries ( I don't know what it is but it is pretty).  The milkweed seems to self sow, one popped up last year and this year I have four. I think I may be getting the repetition concept but it takes time to figure out colors and size.
Yes, this is a weed but the bees love it so I chop and drop it when it gets too close to the roses.
blueberry bush, lemongrass, and many flowers.
blue spires and the banana tree - no bananas this year :(
brussel sprouts (not looking too great), bok choy, okra in the back.
A view of the garden from the back, the bed under the bananas is full of peanut plants!  They have been so happy this year!

Can't wait to see what next year brings - love the colors and the birds, bees, butterflies and glory of it all!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fort Clinch Family Fun

We had a great weekend camping at Fort Clinch State Park.  What a great park!  Our campsite was located on the riverside under large, beautiful oak trees just a minutes walk from the St. Mary's River.  A short bike ride took us to the fort and another mile away is the beach.  

Sunset over the St. Mary's River
An oak tree canopy 
Hanging on the beach
We had a wonderful nature hike with Carl, the volunteer who took us on the Willow Pond Trail hike
Love having the bikes
This is a shark feeding in the river
Here is another picture of the shark feeding right off the dock
We saw quite a few baby alligators - there is one on the log in the center of this picture
Victoria making her s'more stick
A great and very long fishing pier
Love the campfire
Lots of tracks, people tracks, raccoon tracks and some other tracks??
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Whole Foods $10 off $50 Coupon for September

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There is a new Whole Foods $10 off $50 coupon that will expire  September, 30, 2014.  Click here to print the coupon.  Do not just print the picture from this page - go to the link to print.  Remember you can use this at Publix at certain stores in Jacksonville.
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September Garden

Front walkway, eggplant, peanuts, muscadines and lots of dollar weed
I love the sweet potato growing around the crepe myrtle and the salvia.  The banana tree and lemon grass are in the background
The yellow is thryallis, sweet potato, lemon grass and guara
The bees love these flowers
Watermelon growing around our mexican petunia
A baby watermelon
This was from last week but he split and I had to throw this watermelon away.
Love the sage, firecracker, crepe myrtle, mexican petunia and watermelon
A small lemon tree, peanuts, banana tree, blue spires, oregano and some very sad strawberries
Okinawa spinach, peanuts, tarragon and a fig tree
This view is the dollar weed, a rose bed with ornamental sweet potatoes, and real sweet potatoes and pineapple in the back ground are some ornamental grasses and more sweet potato.  Our blueberry bushes are very small and the apples are ok - not great.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

St. Augustine Sunrise Canoe and Kayak

What a wonderful Labor Day!

We passed Fort Matanzas just in time to see re-enactors fire the cannon.  Can't wait to plan another day like this!  Good friends, beautiful scenery and great food.  I feel very blessed this week.
We started the day with a sunrise canoe/kayak trip on the Matanzas River.  A little blurry from my phone camera.
Great photo!
Enjoying the morning with friends and family
 went fishing,
 swimming, picnicing, and wandering the beach until the tide came upa nd covered this dune
Coffees, visiting and some fishing at the beach
More fishing by Fort Matanzas
Lovely marina
 We wandered St.Augustine.  Here is Victoria with the perfect sign for her, "City Cat Country Cat"
Love these beautiful ladies!  Yes, Victoria is meditating
Peaceful, serene and beautiful

It always amazes me how long it takes for me to enjoy the beauty of life surrounding us, our many blessings, my head is always busy with to-do lists, chores, things I want to do and I love any opportunity to clear my mind and just be content inn the moment.  May you find contentment in your days and beauty in all of your surroundings.  
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