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Plantings and volunteers

It is so cool to see some of the first-ever-done-before-by-PTHF-plantings coming in this season.

Huh?

Well, this year is my first real foray into flowers. Ok, I didn’t go wild.  I just planted some zinnias and a mix of sun flowers….and both rows are starting to open up!

Farmscaping, yes. The pollinators are happy this year. But so is the gardener. The colors, textures, shapes and sizes are all so different and cool. Not a money maker. Nope. It is a morale booster. It’s just pretty! Look:

First sunflower blossom

First sunflower blossom

I’ve already gushed about the zinnias. They are a rainbow of colors. Love ’em.

Aside from these purposeful plantings, though, we have volunteers alllllll over the garden. And all of those spontaneous additions are starting to make themselves known, too. Like this guy…

The largest sunflower I have EVER SEEN!!!!

The largest sunflower I have EVER SEEN!!!!

I am 5’2″ people. That volunteer sunflower is at least 30 feet tall. Ok. May be not. But it’s close! It’s neighbor isn’t too shabby either.

Anyway. It is fun to see the tomatoes, corn, sunflowers, pumpkins, and other volunteers pop up any and everywhere. They may not be planned, but they are most welcome additions indeed!

Different perspective…

I usually post photos of the sunset. Well, here’s a different perspective…today’s sunrise over our neighbor’s freshly mowed hayfield (the iPhone doesn’t do the colors justice – the sun actually was a brilliant red ball hovering over the horizon).

Sunrise 1

Sunrise 1

Sunrise 2

Sunrise 2 – a little zoomed in.

The Happiest of Holidays

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Sorry for the long silence. There has been a brief vacation from….well, all things. Our family had a relaxing, restful and enjoyable break at our second favorite location – Oak Island, NC. This vacation was our first full family vacation in…hmmm…I don’t know how many years. It was a first beach visit for the Wonder Dogs – who became instant beach fanatics and for Marge to this beautiful area.

The weather just got nicer and nicer each day. We ate. And we ate pretty well (including some fresh harvest from the farm). We turned off electronics, the TV. We read books. We walked the beach. We flew a kite. We ate some more. We walked a lot more. And….having nearly the entire OKI beaches (yes, plural) to ourselves, we found treasures galore.

Here’s to hoping we truly make this an annual holiday tradition! It is a highly recommended way to enjoy the coming of winter.

Likewise, we certainly hope that all of you were able to enjoy the season, too, with family, friends and good eats.

The PTHF family and friends wish everyone the best in this coming new year! Speaking of which…time to get planning. But for now….it is fun to share a few photos:

OKI Sunset

OKI Sunset

Beach Bum Ben

Beach Bum Ben

Flying nun Franklin

Flying nun Franklin

Back porch view

Back porch view

The Family

The Family

Moonset

Moonset

Frisbee Fanatic Jett

Frisbee Fanatic Jett

Photo documentarian

Photo documentarian

One of many treasures

One of many treasures

A dollar

A dollar

(Back to the ocean with you!)

The blur that was Flojo

The blur that was Flojo

FloJo might be the one Wonder Dog who had the bestest time at the beach. She ran about 37 marathons in those few days….a constant blur of motion and endless vocal reserves with her yapping (she yaps non-stop when happy or excited, so it was a good thing we had The Point all to ourselves)….that little booger ran and ran, retraced her steps, retraced the other dogs’ steps, sniffed out our steps, and ran some more! Wow. What a happy little thing.

Rest time

Rest time

At the same time, the Wonder Dogs all knew how to relax, too.

Another treasure

Another treasure

Back to the ocean with you!

Hermit

Hermit

The smallest crab

The smallest crab

Last day relaxation

Last day relaxation