Yet one smile more, departing, distant sun! One mellow smile through the soft vapory air, Ere, o’er the frozen earth, the loud winds run, Or snows are sifted o’er the meadows bare. One smile on the brown hills and naked trees, And the dark rocks whose summer wreaths are cast, And the blue gentian flower, that, in the breeze, Nods lonely, of her beauteous race the last. Yet a few sunny days, in which the bee Shall murmur by the hedge that skirts the way, The cricket chirp upon the russet lea, And man delight to linger in thy ray. Yet one rich smile, and we will try to bear The piercing winter frost, and winds, and darkened air.
We had a most unusually warm November which made me very happy and allowed me to escape the malaise of the presidential election that has gripped our country. Now that the election is over I look to the supreme leader of us all - our Lord and Savior who will rule over not only our nation but the world.
Another thing to be grateful and happy for was the first visit of my son Jason . I'm not bragging but I think he's about the youngest 44 year old you'll ever see ! He loved our home and garden.
Jason and Cecile enjoying Momma's special Southern Fried Chicken and all the trimmings.
Meanwhile I turned my attention to the Fall/winter garden that I planted last month. The cabbage, broccoli-kale , parsley, and strawberries are doing well. We have had 3 hard freezes that they've survived but I'm preparing for really cold snaps. I've added a layer of shredded leaves topped with compost and will install a hoop greenhouse later on.
The roadside garden looked really good this season and I've added more bee and butterfly friendly plants.
Late blooming 'radon's favorite ' blue asters, mums, goldenrod and ornamental grasses.
This last day of November saw temperatures in the mid-70's ! Although we've had a little sprinkling of rain the last few days we need a good steady overnight downpour and we may get it !