The Great Pumpkin Carnival

We've been having a few technical difficulties here. My computer had a series of fits and then it promptly died. Fortunately, I have The Husband, who has been hard at work building me a new computer. So, I think we're back on track now! The day before the Great Pumpkin Carnival was once again full…

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Good Crop, Bad Crop

Last time I talked about the pumpkins and squashes, which despite the powdery mildew and earlier-than-usual demise, still gave us decent crops. Except for the Pink Banana Jumbo squash, both plants of which grew like a stunted sloth and finally aborted their puny fruit. I blame the poor quality of the seeds. Plus the slugs…

How Goes The Swathe of Orange?

This summer was intense: intense heat, intense humidity and intensely waiting for rain. Now autumn, my favourite season, is upon us. While the heat is less intense, it's still very humid and we're still waiting for more rain. The Indian Summer this year meant mornings and evenings started getting cooler sooner than usual, and some…

The Heat is Driving Everyone Nuts

While some parts of the world have been encased in a polar vortex, which sounds like the next big action movie, we have been in a heatwave. Thanks, Australia, for sharing your things with us. Temperatures have been hovering around 28-32degC. Hamilton, our nearest city, cracked its all time temperature record at 32.9degC. When The…