Wednesday, April 15, 2015

GARDEN REPORT - CUCUMBER HARVEST & MORE

by Robin

Here are the pictures from today.

This is Garden #2.  It is one very happy, hot mess.  My okra didn't do very well because that drip line is having issues but there are drying beans, dill, kale, purple and green cabbage, Campari tomatoes, Big tomatoes, Big Mama paste tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos and cucumbers.  That's pretty much it left to right. Various onions were inserted where other things died out.

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Purple cabbage.

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Red Russian Kale.

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Black Valentine (drying) beans - these are a small set mostly to provide me with replacement beans for the fall sowing season.

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Campari tomatoes.  These seeds were originally saved on a paper towel.  The original seed came from Publix grocery store, but it grows great in the Florida soil.

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This is an internal view from the beans to 3 different tomatoes.
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The cucumbers!  Burpless variety.

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I have not been getting many female blooms this past week and I was wondering if it was connected to the moon phase or evening heat.  But, then it hit me, I have so many loading down the plant, maybe it throws males until it is ready to handle more fruit.  So, I picked a good many of them.

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Bell pepper bloom.  Time to spray down with my epsom salt fertilizer.

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Garden #2 again, from the front.  See, I have open patches I need to throw more seed in.

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This is garden #1.  It had a lot of winter broccoli that is still producing and blooming for bees.  I also have Mayflower (drying) beans in there.  I didn't want to do that but so many fell out from the last harvest, they replanted themselves.

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This is the backside of Garden #1.  You can better see the pineapple and yellow squash (right) and zucchini (back).

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Just another view.

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Zucchini. I had my first bloom get fertilized today. Yeah.  This is the last year I'm trying these "Sure Thing".  They did not throw any female blooms last year and this year, very slow to produce.

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I have mostly oregano in this picture.  Some sweet potato vines, creeping grass, zucchini (left).
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31 cucumbers, 3 yellow squash.  Not pictured: 1 okra, broccoli and kale leaves.

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I started my seed Feb 5th and so it has taken 2 months and a week to get this gorgeous harvest.

Happy Gardening!
Robin


Sunday, April 5, 2015

HAPPY EASTER/ RESURRECTION DAY from our family to yours!

by Robin


Resurrection Sunday at our church.  I have so many great pictures but.... this is what I can share today.
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From the front rose garden:

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

OTTB - RESCUE HORSES

by Robin

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My son and I volunteered last year at this horse rescue farm and even though he's done with his volunteer time, I am not.

It reminds me of my childhood and when I had horses.   I want to just take this guy home with me.

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After I photographed the lunar eclipse on the property, I walked around as the sun rose and took a good hundred photos of beautiful & happy rescue horses.

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I have many more to downsize but they're in a folder waiting for the rescue owner to decide which ones she wants first.  Then, I'll use a rainy day to go ahead and clean some up for the blog.  These were my favorite two.

The little Arab (above) was taken in last weekend and she is shedding out from a brown baby into a gray mare.  She has such a gorgeous, refined head.  She really is a pet wanting attention.


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I just love how peaceful it is out here.  My view this morning.  The moon went over those trees and the fog was rolling by.

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Thanks for viewing my photos.

 Robin

BLOOD MOON - LUNAR ECLIPSE

by Robin

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Ok, so I didn't have the best vantage point for my view being all the way over on the east coast.

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Our lunar eclipse began about 6:15 and I'm thinking the moon disappeared by 7:15 or sooner.

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I got a great picture last year and these will have to do with what God gave me this year.

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This one (below) was taken later but I processed it where you could still see the outline of the moon in spite of the shadow of the earth.

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Maybe the September blood moon / lunar eclipse will be better suited for the east coast.


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Meanwhile, I'm not sure which one I like best.    Here they are in order of when they were taken.

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Thanks,
Robin

Thursday, April 2, 2015

YOUNG EAGLES - Free Ride for Kids!!

by Robin

This happened last weekend for our Merritt Island group.  My youngest was super excited to participated.

Did I mention that we were ALL FREEZING?

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Mr Tony Yocono volunteered his morning and aircraft for the cause.  THANK YOU!

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There is the Ms. Mooney

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Can you see his curls??

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Very cool float plane.

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Back in...

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There he is.... back seat.

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Feeling like a boss .

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Thank you to all the pilots who put this together.  What a memory. Because of this event, my son is now considering signing up for the Civil Air Patrol.

Robin

TICO WARBIRD AIR SHOW - 2015

by Robin

I'm not even gonna try to remember all the names.  This is just going to be a 32 -pictures photo blog to enjoy.

My sons were headed off to the air show alone while I nursed my hubby back to health.

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It wasn't long and we decided to go into the show too.  Hard to stay away from aviation.

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It was about this point, my husband had to go back home from still feeling bad and I was thankful the boys could hang with me and give me a ride home.

Here is the beautiful Tico Belle

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This is the Vietnam Reenactment

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The Thunderbirds

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The boys were getting a selfie with the pilot!!

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Hope you enjoyed these photos.  I'm not a professional photographer but I was very happy with how these came out.

Blessings,
Robin