Monthly Archives: September 2011


Last night we had our first frost.  We did see it coming, so last Friday, we all got outside and picked the garden.  We have the habit of weighing everything we pick, so I thought I would take advantage of the fact and put some of the weights here. 

It was a beautiful fall day, with the leaves just beginning to change colours.

fall colours green and red maple leaves half moon with maple leaves

The half moon was hovering over the colourful maples, so I couldn’t resist taking this picture.

We didn’t plant all these pumpkins; some of them came up of their own accord in the compost pile.  I guess they liked the soil there: the pumpkins grew quite well!

Picking pumpkins a good crop of pumpkins weighing the pumpkins

All together, we grew about 200 lbs of pumpkin.  We grew almost as much tomato – 150 lbs.

a tomato growing (Green Zebra) nice tomato, William! tomato triage

We don’t know what type of apple most of our trees give, as they were already there when we moved here, but we think they are not grafted.  They do give excellent apples, though.

A ripe apple time to taste one... This variety is called "big tree"

While we were picking apples from one tree, another picker came along.  You may have to click on the pictures to tell who it was.

An apple-picking cat?

some grapes coming ripe harvesting basil - it took pruning shears working in the garden

We decided to wash the carrots right away to keep them from going bad too fast.

a few of the carrots being washed 18 lbs of carrots

Carrots were not the only things that needed a little washing…

The floors will need a wash too.

Let’s just say the floor did too.

Psalm 75:1 “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare”.

Music in Newport Center

I would like to thank everyone who prayed for us as we travelled to Newport Center, VT, to play music in a small church yesterday.  We figured the border crossing would probably be difficult, seeing it was the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th.  But then, just a day or two before we were to leave, we realized that one of our passports was in Ottawa being renewed.  It was not expired, but we didn’t have it with us, and a passport is required to go through the border.  So, we contacted the pastor and informed him of the situation and said that we weren’t sure we would be able to be there at all.  He simply replied that if God wanted us there, we would get there, and if not this time, we could re-schedule.

So, we contacted the One in charge of the border crossing and asked Him to let us through.  We left early Sunday morning, and got through the border with somewhat less difficulty than usual!  And, yes, the music went well, too!

En route there was a lot of really pretty scenery.  It is very reminiscent of the scenery in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.  I guess that’s because the scenery was made before the Canada-US border.  Smile  To get to Newport Center, we had to go through Newport, which is at the south end of Lake Memphremagog.

A glimpse of Lake Memphremagog from Vermont A house with mountains in the background

Nestled among the Appalachian Mountains and lakes of northern Vermont, Newport previously had a very present French population due to its easy access to Quebec via the lake, and with that, much Roman Catholic influence.

A large church building in Newport

Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”