Black and White

 First snow of the season!
There was no mistaking it.
The views out the back door were too beautiful to ignore...

Light the Night

Our shed -- lit up for the long winter nights...
 Thanks to my husband for installing a new bulb 
and setting the timer to light the shed both mornings and evenings.

November 2

What's UP with this?!?
Not in the 8-10 years we've had these rose bushes have we had a pink rose on them!
 Hubby stopped to take photos while mulching leaves today.
Yes, the 70 degree temperatures made even the roses smile!

The Beautiful, The Latest, The Closest (so far)

We arrived just after sunrise.
It was drizzling just enough that a rainbow formed to greet us!
Gary ran back to get our umbrella after starting the trail.  
Just in case....
In spite of the season, there seemed to be more variation in this particular preserve
than a few of the others we've explored.
Lacking?  Large trees.
No matter.
The trail was well mowed and curved invitingly along the way.

Wildflowers were still present, though fading.
We've already promised ourselves to return at various times throughout the year.
It may be the closest of the Acre Land Trust properties to our home!

Another Day; Another Trail

  Another day...
another trail.



For years, my flowerbeds have been filled by dividing and transplanting what exists.
I've had one lavender plant which I've enjoyed immensely but have never figured out how to divide.
Some time ago, I was lamenting this fact to a friend--the kind of friend who listens well
and takes mental notes.
Imagine my surprise and pleasure to receive these two clumps of healthy lavender 
from her own yard!
My dilemma?
Finding "just the right spot" for it.  Good drainage and at least 8 hours of sun--
both rare here at Gatescroft.
I can't put off this decision much longer.  The lavender is getting restless!

Late Bloomers

Liriope muscari variegata. Late bloomers.
Noticed while prowling around our garden beds to figure out
which sedum to dig out and divide for sharing with a friend who requested them.
 Our sedum grew SO large this year.
They were floppy and awkward to handle, but I'm pretty sure they'll grow next spring
if cut back, watered and replanted now.
Below?  A wheelbarrow FULL of the ones we dug out to give away.

A Walk in a Wetland

 Motivated by the almost daily photos and descriptions of a Facebook friend,
my husband and I set off to find "The Lob" - a marsh and wetland preserve
about an hour away from our home.
The day couldn't have been better for this excursion,
and we were NOT disappointed.
Interesting sights and calm sounds met us as we meandered over the well-tended trails.

The green marsh (below) was silent and syrupy in appearance.
Wildflowers, typical for our late-summer weather, were abundant.

 We didn't begin to explore all the trails and left wishing this beautiful
spot was located a bit closer to us.