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Posted on December 4, 2023 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Remember those beautiful Hickory trees?  It was just a couple weeks ago that they were golden against the blue sky.  Well, the sky is still blue, but the leaves are on the ground.
Looks like winter will soon be upon us.  Another beautiful season in the mountains.  
Posted on November 26, 2023 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
Look at our beautiful winter sky.  
It’s that time of year when I run out of gardening things to talk about.
I’ll try to think of something, but please forgive me if I can’t come up with something every day.  
Posted on November 25, 2023 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
This is my parsley.  It is about 16 inches across.  I had a few Black Swallowtail caterpillars nearby on my carrots, but they didn’t get into the parsley.  So we still have parsley, just no carrot leaves.  
That’s ok.  Everybody has to eat something.
Posted on November 24, 2023 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Fall isn’t completely over here.  Most of the Maple trees, Dogwoods, Sycamores, and Gingkos have dropped their leaves, but the Oaks are still hanging onto theirs.  You can see a few on the mountainsides.  The reddest ones are Red Oaks, and the browner ones are Chestnut and White Oaks.  I love them all.
I hope your Fall is still beautiful, wherever you are.
Posted on November 23, 2023 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: A story to share
I know you’ve seen this before, but I think it is still the best for today.
Posted on November 22, 2023 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
The choices are kale, kale, and kale.  Let’s cook kale.  
There is green kale, purple kale, blue kale, and dinosaur kale.  
We love it all.  Good thing, too, because there’s a lot of it.
Posted on November 21, 2023 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Can you believe the color on this cabbage?  I planted 5 of them in the garden, and they are simply gorgeous right now.  They aren’t making little cabbage heads yet, but the leaves sure are pretty.  Could be our lack of rain.  
Doesn’t matter;  I love seeing them in the garden.  
Posted on November 20, 2023 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
I was hoping to use these broccoli florets in a casserole, but they are a little too opened up for that.  Maybe I will just put them in a vase.  I love them both ways.
Posted on November 19, 2023 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Hi, everybody.  I’m Gizmo, and I would like you to know that today is our third anniversary.
Gerry and Jon rescued me three years ago at the Valley River Humane Society.  I was only there for eight days, so I never made any real friends.  But when I met these two humans, I knew that they were just right for me.  
When they first brought me home, I was 2 years old, and only weighed 6 pounds, but they started feeding me lots of good food, and I grew into the handsome 12 pound kitty that I am today.
We also have a great home here in the mountains.  We live on a very quiet street, with no traffic, so I can be free to sit in the road if it strikes my fancy.  I also have lots of nice woods to patrol every day.  I catch mice and moles, and bugs and stuff.  It is great!!!  I have been so happy here with my new family.
Well, thanks for hearing my story, and wishing us happy anniversary.  
Posted on November 18, 2023 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
This is one of several Salad Burnet plants that I planted back in February.  I sowed the seeds along with my kale, cabbage,  and lettuce seeds.  And they all went out into the garden in March.  
Salad Burnet isn’t one of those greens you can buy in the grocery store.  You have to grow it yourself.  But it is easy to grow from seeds;  you can even grow it in a pot on your patio.  
And it is delicious.  It tastes (and smells) a little like cucumbers.  I love brushing against it in the garden.  
As you can see, they still look great!  Guess they don’t mind the cold either.
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