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Winter solstice 2011

June garden

Echinacea and summer plantsBy the Winter Solstice, I've often forgotten what the world looked like when it was green.

Round hay bales


Even though this year's warm fall means we've barely experienced winter yet, I thought you might enjoy a reminder of summer in all its glory.

Peas and raspberries

Picking peas with a ladderThese photos are all from 2009, which I like to call "the year without a summer."  Looks pretty summery from a December perspective.
Praying mantis eating a butterfly

Big toad

(Yes, I am a big fan of toads.)

Bee balm flower

Green beans






Happy Solstice!


Honeybee on Virgin's Bower flower


Our DIY chicken waterer kits show you how to make automatic, heated waterers that make your flock as easy to care for in the winter as in the summer.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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Thanks! I needed those reminders and your images brightened up my morning.
Comment by Mark Nofsinger Thu Dec 22 08:33:31 2011
For what it's worth, I'm also a big fan of toads, not only for the garden pest eating, but also for the general cuteness. :) Thank you for the reminder of summer's bounty! :)
Comment by Ikwig Thu Dec 22 09:31:43 2011
I figured I couldn't be the only one who'd forgotten what summer looked like. Have a great solstice!
Comment by anna Thu Dec 22 09:36:06 2011
:)
Comment by Anonymous Thu Dec 22 10:27:38 2011
Ikwig and Anonymous --- I'm glad I'm not the only one with a soft spot in my heart for toads. :-)
Comment by anna Thu Dec 22 17:42:34 2011





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