Monday, September 12, 2011

A Walk on the Property

Friday evening we went on a family walk around the property. We did this a lot last year, but haven't been as good about doing it since David came along. It was really nice to get back out there.

The first thing we discovered was a young buck that was dead out by our pond. It was still fresh enough to be stinky. That gave the children a lot to talk about for the next day or two.

Remember my last post about making elderberry tincture? Well, I'm not 100% certain, but I'm thinking that we just might have elderberries growing on our property. I need to research this some more, but I suspect that this might be elderberry. If anyone can shed some light on this, I'd appreciate the input!

Walking back to the Forbidden Meadow was especially pretty because the entire pasture there was full of these pretty yellow flowers.

I'm still really excited about having Passionfruit (Maypops) on our property. However, I have yet to actually harvest any for our own use. It seems that the deer have taken possession of them so all I ever get to see are small green fruits.

Out in the woods we were surprised to see that a tree had fallen right in the middle of the path we normally walk.

It couldn't have happened too long ago because the leaves are still green. Looks like God is providing next year's firewood!


  1. I enjoyed your pictures! What a blessing to have so much land to explore. I found an article that might help you determine if those are elderberries or not. I have never noticed elderberries around here, but will search next spring. Here is the link:

  2. Thanks Brenda! I'll have to sit down and check out the link. I've been meaning to share another YouTube video recommendation with you. Shawn and I recently discovered a set of videos and I thought you might enjoy them too. They're several decades old and aren't 100% complete on YouTube (missing a few parts of the series), but they're definitely still worth watching. It appears to be a BBC series about gardening in Victorian times. It's called The Victorian Kitchen Garden and can be found here:

    Take care,

  3. Janice, thank you for the video link, I love it! I just watched the Introduction to The Victorian Kitchen Garden. Such great responsibilities and demands were placed upon the head gardeners of that period. I've read something about walled gardens providing a micro climate, to enable growing of crops that would normally only grow in much warmer regions. Fascinating stuff, thanks so much!