The days are getting shorter and cooling off just a smidgen and I'm beginning to feel a bit more energized now that Autumn is just 13 days away! We've had a stellar summer - no rain to speak of and for the year our total is only a bit over 7 inches (I had to mention this for someone I know who is looking for a retirement city with not much rain - you know who you are.)
A while back I was feeling a bit down about something and ordered this little kit from Spring Green Country Sampler. It sewed up in a jiffy using Moda Candy squares and a pattern from the Moda Candy Book! I immediately felt great after finishing it - what a perfect pick-me-up!
Saturday Mr. Squash and I went to the annual Pond and Garden tour in our city which benefits Hospice. Due to an errand we had to run that morning in another city, we were only able to see four of the gardens, but they were all fantastic and we got lots of ideas! This is a cute little perennial garden in the front yard of the first home. I recently had an old Yew removed from our side yard and need to fill in a large area. I thought something like this would be perfect!
I liked the way this vegetable garden was laid out. Along the edge were what appeared to be railroad ties or something similar. They raised the garden just a tad. I am thinking about removing our raised beds and doing the same.
Here is another vegetable garden that had loads of ideas! I didn't get too many pictures here and wish I'd gotten more. See the white-framed panels in the back? They are actually screens which are covering lettuce seedlings from our harsh, late-summer sun. I'm sure when the weather cools off even more, they will be removed. For now, the lettuce won't burn. They were so clever - they made a solar panel out of used soda cans to heat water in the potting shed!
This is part of the same yard farther down from the vegetable plot. How we would love to have this stream running through our yard! The yard was massive - it went all the way to the house you see in the background. There was a fire pit near the lawn chairs.
Again the same yard looking up from the stream. On the other side of the bulkhead is a wonderful, pond-shaped pool! The sweet potato vines along with the tall grasses made such a wonderful contrast! I wish I'd taken photos of the pool!
On the other side of the pool was this great old door on their fence with little bird houses attached! Mr. Squash and I have a similar window that we plan to attach to our back fence! We were so surprised to see someone else with the same idea!
Here we are in the yard of one of Mr. Squash's fellow Red Cross volunteers. I just loved the wire that was attached to the fence and the picture on it. We have lots of this wire that we use to make tomato cages. I've already figured out a couple of spots where we can do this on our fence.
This was the last yard we visited and so much fun! They had build a miniature railroad throughout!
It weaved in and around shrubs, trees , rocks and plants.
The most fun thing were all the miniature people and animals! Click on any of the photos to enlarge. Here we have a fellow on the left whose been chased up a rock by a bear, and a group of hobos and their dog on the right sharing stories around a fire. Mr. Crow is keeping watch above them.
Here comes the train! You could sit in any number of areas to watch the train go round and round.
Oh, look....a Teddy Bear Picnic!
Look to the lower right here and you'll so the cutest little fairy and her house!
And here is the fairy's suitor sitting outside his gourd house!
This bear just caught dinner!
These fisherman are coming up empty because the bear above is catching all the fish!
I hope you enjoyed the garden tour - next year we plan to try and see them all!