Thursday, August 28, 2014

Backyard Food, Flowers and Fun...Pluck the Day

In the last week of August,  the pears on the tree sing "carpe diem."  I have read that a more literal  translation of  "carpe" than the imperative  "to seize" is "to pluck."  
"Pluck the day"... it is ripe.

Our very old pear tree is still putting forth

Early Girl lived up to her name

Tomatoes ripening on the vine is something I had nearly forgotten about the last seven summers on the coast.  We had a few red tomatoes in time for Christmas in Carmel but Sebastopol sunshine has brought forth an abundance.

The strawberries have been providing
 a daily treasure hunt opportunity.  

The Golden Delicious tree was cut in half last year by a neighbor's falling  Incense Cedar tree.  The clean up crew phoned us down in Carmel and wanted to cut the  remaining half apple tree down.  I'm so glad I didn't take their advice.  Our half-a-tree is bearing beautiful apples who sing a saucier song...and sometimes call for pie.

 and flowers...the roses are still blooming...

And all that broken pottery I saved in Mark's shop...we hauled out the box and we've begun to fix a bird bath that was broken in our absence.  This is a very experimental repair and as it's for the birds I'm hoping they they won't mind if it's more goofy than artistic.   

May we pluck the day and give thanks, while it still yet August.


Pom Pom said...

I agree! I'm thankful for August!
I do think the birds will like your artistic offering!
Wow! The strawberries are so pretty! The Early Girls! The apples! Praise God!

GretchenJoanna said...

I agree exactly with Pom Pom. The man who sells us apples said his favorite pie is made with Golden Delicious. Have fun with all those goodies!

Neal said...

Such abundance... unfortunately living in a townhouse we cannot grow our own so I am envious. Cheers. Neal

Mrs. Pedersen said...

Gorgeous roses!

Sarah said...

What a lovely walk through your garden (you do give wonderful meandering strolls through gardens-in person and via blog :-)). I'm happy you have such beautiful and delicious fruits to enjoy this season!

Haddock said...

Wow.... you have a lovely orchard there.

Emaline Foster said...

Beautiful fruits and roses! Ah.... harvest time!