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Yesterday, an historic campground that my family has been connected to for several generations suffered a massive fire burning nearly 40 cottages.  You can read about the fire here and here.  Several families lost cottages that had been in their families for years, however, thankfully none of the homes were occupied when the fire began.

I spent six summers working at the campground as a camp counselor and program director, and several more summers visiting and vacationing with my family as I was growing up.  Just a few years ago my parents received ownership of a cottage that had been in our family since my great-grandfather built it (after another fire at the campground in the forties, I think).  I am grateful that our cottage was spared but my heart breaks for close friends who have lost theirs.

my family’s cottage


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This is our second summer attempting to be container gardeners.  I’m not sure that we have been very successful.   We are working on fixing up our yard (cutting down trees) in order to make a nice sunny area for a large garden and hopefully it will be ready for next summer. 

This year I only attempted to do cherry tomatoes.  Last year I bombed with trying to do cukes, tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes.  Oh wait, I also started some squash and zucchini from seed this year but when I transplanted those in to the containers they were shriveled and dead within 24 hours.  The soil I used was spoiled (it smelled like nasty poo but I thought that was normal because it was dirt w/fertilizer) and my mother-in-law and sil, who are master gardeners, told me it might have burned the roots.

So anyway, we had four large cherry tomato plants that grew super tall.  They were so big that they out grew the cages and were always tipping over, especially if it was windy.  There were tons and tons of tomatoes this year, but unfortunately due to the rain this summer they didn’t really ripen until the last three weeks.  But man, did we get a lot of cherry tomatoes.

We have been eating them like grapes, on salads and I made slow roasted tomatoes which were very yummy.

Now the tomato plants are looking a little pathetic.  They are withered and drying up… I haven’t been good about watering them lately and container plants need a lot of water… but they still have ripening tomatoes on them.

Container gardening has been ok… but I really hope that I can have a real garden next year.

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weekend in review

I had a fabulous Labor Day weekend especially because Erik took Friday off with me.  We had four full days of laziness, family, and just a few chores.


We went to Butternut Farm to pick some peaches… and some more blueberries.


We went to Alton Bay to visit with my family at Harvest Day where of course my niece Alexi was the center of attention.  When we got home Erik was inspired to start cutting down trees in our backyard… our next big project on the list.


After church we went to see Erik’s family at their cottage where some of our close friends and their kids joined us.  We hoped to see fireworks but the people on the lake didn’t seem to invest in them this year.  But we had the zipline, s’mores, and some boat rides.


Since I was sad that the summer was ending, I convinced Erik to take me out for a final summer day.  We took a drive to the ocean and had a late lunch at Warren’s and when we got back Erik dug out his RC car.  Unfortunately, the batteries weren’t charged so he didn’t have much time to play.


We ended the weekend with a freshly baked peach cobbler from the peaches that we got on Friday.  I had to find something to do with them because my kitchen was turning into a fruit fly farm. 

And now… the summer has ended.  *sigh*

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