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November 7th, 2006

Vacations can be so tiring. I took a week off at the end of October, and I’m just beginning to see the surface of my desk again. And that’s only because I tidied up the piles of paper – not because I’ve actually worked my way through them. But one of the first things I did when I got back was snap some pictures of the gorgeous fall color in the backyard. I was afraid I had missed it, and I almost did. Last Friday night was the first real killing frost here at home and that sped up the leaf drop considerably.

Friday afternoon, with guilty visions of mushy/frozen/wasted tomatoes, I picked more tomatoes than I did all summer. They’re all green, but still. Friday night we had the first batch of fried green tomatoes. I think I’m going to make them again tonight too. Today, the mushy frozen tomato plants are gone, along with the peppers and basil. Some of the annuals are still hanging on in a diminished state – petunias, calendula, scabiosa, and a few self-sown alyssum. The cupheas I wanted to save are sitting in the garage (no, I still haven’t rooted any cuttings).

Before I left on vacation, I posted a few pictures from the last weekend we spent in Central Virginia – walking on the Saunders-Monticello trail, and eating cider doughnuts and taking in the scenery from Carter Mountain Orchard.

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