Autumn 2012: Day Thirteen

Running errands today.  Managed to grab a couple of pictures before the sun went down.

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Autumn 2012: Day Twelve

Added a few extra photos today.  Enjoy!

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Autumn 2012: Day Eleven

Gray and rainy today, and I wore myself out yesterday putting up Halloween decorations.  Managed to snap a couple of pictures between the rain drops.

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Autumn 2012: Day Ten

The leaves are really showing their colors now.  I think this will be the peak weekend.

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Autumn 2012: Day Nine

Having a bit of trouble posting these.  My last post cut off the part telling you that I was away over the weekend, and couldn’t take photos of my trees.  So here is another photo from Ohio.

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Autumn 2012: Day Eight

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Autumn 2012: Day Seven (Part II)

My laptop wasn’t cooperating.  Here are the close-ups.

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Sumac

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Blackberries

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Maple leaves

Autumn 2012: Day Seven

Sorry I’m late with this one.  To make up for it, I took some close ups of the sumac and maple leaves.  Enjoy!

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Autumn 2012: Day Six

While digging in the compost pile today, I uncovered a toad that had buried itself for the winter.  I was moving compost to the garden beds, so I moved the toad to a bed that I wasn’t going to plant this fall.  Lots of nice, soft soil to dig into.  Good luck, Toad!

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The colors are really starting to show now.  The most colorful trees are the maples.

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Autumn 2012: Day Five

Gray and rainy today.  Of course, it always rains the day after they grade the roads.  That way we can create new ruts in the mud.

Baking bread today using a recipe from my friend, Donna Wellman.  Donna passed away from ovarian cancer a few years ago, but whenever I make this bread, I think of her.  She was very opinionated, and we didn’t always agree, but there was always something interesting going on around her.  I knew her through the local spinners and weavers guild, and she collected and repaired spinning and knitting machines.  She had an angora rabbit that she named Al Gore because he came from Tennessee, and she knew a lot about what is currently called Slow Food.  Her bread recipe is simple to make and always turns out for me.

Donna’s Bread

2 C, warm water

11/2 T. yeast

1/2 T. salt

1/4 C. sugar (I use turbinado or raw sugar)

2 T. olive oil

4 C. unbleached flour

1 C. whole wheat flour or multi-grain cereal

Mix water and yeast with a whisk.  Add sugar and whole wheat flour (if using cereal, add one cup of the white flour).  Mix together and let sit in a warm place for ten or fifteen minutes.  Then add oil and salt and stir.  Begin mixing in the rest of the flour, then knead for twenty minutes (I use my Kitchen Aide mixer for this part, so it is really easy).

Turn dough into greased bowl, cover and let rise for an hour or so until doubled in bulk.  Punch down and let rise again.  Divide dough in half, shape into loaves, and put into greased pans (you can also shape the dough into rounds and bake on sheets). Cover and let rise again.  Preheat oven to 350 F.  Bake 35-40 minutes.  When bread is done, it will make a hollow sound when you tap on the bottom of the loaf.  Remove from pans and let cool as long as you can stand it.

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The bright orange bush is a staghorn sumac and the things that look like gray footballs on legs are guinea fowl.

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