Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Winter is not too far away

No, we do not have snow.....yet.....This is a photo from 2006 when we did have snow, a lot of it, I am making sure I am ready for whatever Mother Nature intends on throwing at us this year.
Yesterday it was a slightly breezy day, but warm, so I spent all day outside putting the summer furniture away, deadheaded the flowers which do not provide seeds for the birds, and most important of all, I drained the irrigation system, drained and rolled the hoses and put them away, and put away a whole lot of stuff which seemed to have found it's way under the carport. I also swept the pine needles from the front porch, which come from what was once a nice little potted Christmas tree. Many years ago, it was planted next to the steps up to the front door, and now towers over the front of the house, it looks nice but makes such a mess. As I swept around a potted plant, I saw a movement out of the corner of my eye, and discovered a tiny garter snake trying to get out of the way of my advancing broom. I let it slither away down into the garden before finishing the sweeping. I like to have garter snakes in the garden, as they help in keeping the insect population down.
There are still a few things I want to get done before the weather really turns nasty, but they will have to wait for another day, as today, Sunday, I need to rest a little (my body is telling me I did too much yesterday) besides it is a damp gloomy day,a good one to curl up in a comfy chair with a good book.

6 comments:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

You have been a busy lady Jennifer. It is time to get things cleaned up and pared down. Fall has so much pretty color but when it arrives it seems I cannot enjoy it for thinking what comes next. Winter and that white stuff in your photo after raking and mulching all of those colorful leaves. LOL!

MISTAYA said...

I will join you in comfortable chair and a good book!
Gail

Darla said...

I am so glad we don't have all of that stuff to do to prepare for winter....I'll be awaiting everyone's snow photos..I just love to see them.

Rosey said...

I hope you had a good rest this weekend. I, too have a ton of stuff to get done before the snow flies. I just do a little everyday. I kind of look forward to winter....I get to catch up on so much that I neglected inside during the growing season.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Rosey

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I need to get a burst of energy and the time to get some gardening done. I am always happy when I read of people finding garter snakes and being glad to see them.

Bonnie said...

It's interesting to see everyone posting their last photos of the year of our flowers before the snow flies. I saw Darla's comment about looking forward to seeing everyone's snow pictures. I certainly will be posting snow pictures but I am not looking forward to it :)