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What’s new in my world?

It is smack on to the middle of summer here in northern California. That means the days are hot and the nights are cool. It also means that everything is growing like crazy. As you can see above, this has been a good summer for sunflowers. Right now they are providing us with a beautiful sight to look at, but soon the birds will be doing their olympic style acrobatics trying to get to the seeds. That’s always fun to watch.

Fellow gardeners will understand our excitement: The first tomato was plucked from the garden yesterday. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s a Black Brandywine Heirloom tomato. I thought it was perfect with our bacon, egg and potato breakfast this morning. The outside of the tomato was firm, the inside was soft, fleshy, and very juicy. It tasted like the perfect “real” tomato – the kind you can only get straight from the ground.

I also thought you might like an update on our baby chick project. They are no longer babies. At four weeks old they’re eating and drinking and running non-stop. A couple have escaped the pen but were captured again. So far (knock on wood) we haven’t lost a one. Soon they will be moving to their bigger chicken coop.

Everything else is growing beautifully. The corn is tasseling out, we have about twelve pepper plants that are producing both hot and sweet peppers. I’m eager for those. There are also some faithful flowers that just keep blooming no matter what. They are great for feeding our spirits. However, they are also feeding the hummingbirds. Those speedy little charmers love this pink flower. To them it’s a tasty lunch or supper.

That’s what’s new in my world. What’s new in yours?


9 comments to What’s new in my world?

  • candice

    BEAUTIFUL! Everything has grown so much since we’ve left. The sunflowers look great & that tomato sounds delicious. The chickens seem to be in their teenager phase- not babies, not adults and kind of awkward… We miss the “farm”, visiting with you all and the sunshine.
    These are my favorite updates of yours, always love to hear what’s happening in your world!

  • It looks like everything is thriving in your neck of the woods! That tomato is gorgeous!!

  • I’ve never seen a tomato that color. Is the inside red or black? I like the sunflowers too. Here our swallows are entertaining us every evening swooping around gathering bugs to eat. One sat on the top of a crank-out window one evening and chattered away to me since my chair is next to the window. Very cute.

  • That is an amazing tomato and the color is like…WOW!! I’ve never heard of that type but would love to taste one!! Those chicks are still cute! I’m glad that everything is growing so well this summer. We’ve had a really tough time here in Michigan with the drought. My hometown county was declared “emergency crop disaster” or something like that last week. It’s terrible…the corn behind us and across the road will not be good at all. Bummer!

  • I love the tomato! I really wish that I could grow vegetables, but I get very little direct sunlight where I am and even fewer pollinators. Also, I have more of a black thumb than green!

  • I never have any success with big tomatoes, I usually only grow the small ones. Looks like you’re having a lovely summer. Nice to see the chicks growing up.

  • Tomato season is the BEST!

  • Oh my gosh, your yard is wonderful, the chicks are adorable — and that Brandywine tomato is beyond beautiful….. what a great place you picked to settle down after coming off the road! I’m almost amazed that you can tear yourself away from the garden to read (during this season).

  • I’ve never seen a tomato like that! Yum. Your world looks lovely :) In our world, Jason is out of work (it’s been a week) and I have LOVED the family time. It’s so nice having him home and able to enjoy this very fun age with Gage.

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