Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Halloween at our house, 2010.

Wild strawberries in our garden, Oct. 30, 2010.
Here in Southern California, the seasons seem a bit confused.  We harvested the last of our tomato crop at the same time we put out pumpkins to welcome Trick-Or-Treaters.

This morning I took a tour of our backyard and discovered a few ripe Alpine strawberries tucked in a corner of the garden.  When I looked up into the trees, I realized that the lemon and avocado trees are just starting to bear fruit.  Meanwhile, the Christmas decorations hit Big Lots last week.

Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, this was the time we'd begin to put our garden to bed for the winter.  In Southern California, there's no time to rest from the sometimes-weary, always-rewarding work of gardening.  

But I'm about to eat a Mortgage Lifter tomato sandwich... with fresh guacamole.  So I'm not complaining.

The fruit from our neighbor's avocado tree hanging over the fence into our yard, Oct. 30, 2010.
We'll be making lemonade for Halloween this year, 2010.