Fall is so lovely Saturday, Nov 15 2008 

We have a greenhouse which was a homeschool highschool project for one of our sons.  He figured out all the angles for the roof, helped his Dad draw up the plans, and was instrumental in the construction of it.  Our daughter and I painted the inside and all the kids helped to till the soil, plant the strawberries, tomatoes and asparagus, and they all worked in it as part of their homeschool science studies.  

In the last couple of years, I haven’t spent much time out there, and I rarely ever visited the greenhouse once the tomatoes had been harvested.  But I went out there the other day and saw something I have not seen before–and we have had the greenhouse for 10 years!

We grow asparagus in one of the upper beds and we enjoy it in the spring.  After it stops producing, we leave the stalks and ferny growth because somebody said that helps the asparagus grow and reproduce for the next season.  That is what you see in these pictures.  When I walked into the greenhouse, I was struck by the beauty.  And who would have guessed that asparagus produce such pretty red berries?

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The last grasshopper of summer

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Celebrating Family Tuesday, Sep 9 2008 

Education is much more than book-learning.  We experienced a wonderful weekend of learning with our children and grandchildren.  It was a weekend steeped in family pride–pride in the roots from which we came.   (I should say, roots from which they came, because I don’t have any Scottish/Gaelic blood in my veins.  But I have adopted my husband’s clan as my own).   Homeschooling does not only take place in the home.  For 2 1/2 days, our grandchildren learned about different aspects of Scottish/Gaelic culture at the Highland Festival in Estes Park.  They marched with our clan and dozens of others to the music of bagpipes and drums.  They competed in Irish dance.  Most important, they saw that they are part of something bigger than themselves.  Family, clan, nation.  All were on display and there was pride in all.  For though these Scotsmen wear their tartans proudly, they don’t forget that they are Americans, and there were lots of flags and patriotism evident.

 

Joys of Fall and family life Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

This picture post wasn’t meant to be.  I posted it earlier but the pictures were too small to see clearly.  So I tried again but my skills at the computer are rudimentary at best, and they do not include sizing pictures.  So I can only share with you the two pictures that are 32 kb instead of 3 or 4 kb because I don’t know how to resize them.

Fall is my favorite season because we reap what we and others have sown.  This year we were blessed with lots of beans from our garden which all went into the freezer.  We made two kinds of pickles and canned a variety of jams, jellies and applesauce.  There is much satisfaction to be gained from seeing the canning jars all lined up and knowing that we will enjoy their contents all winter long.  The gifts are from God and each time we open a jar, we are reminded of His goodness in providing what we need.

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