Colorful fall orchard

“A man is old when he can pass an apple orchard and not remember the stomach ache.” ~ James Russell Lowell

The orchard trees are now dormant, and the few freezes we’ve had have knocked off all their leaves. However, it is warm and wet enough for the grass to grow.

American Heritage Girl

“I promise to love God,
Cherish my family,
Honor my country,
and Serve in my community.”

~ American Heritage Girls Oath

My daughter participates in AHG instead of Girl Scouts, a growing trend among Christians and conservatives who think that the Girl Scouts have gotten too liberal. It’s your basic God, country, and excellence program focused on civic service, citizenship, and character. Sofia loves it. Here she is receiving her badge for participating in Operation Christmas Child.

Ready for planting

“He who thinks he is raising a mound may only in reality be digging a pit.” ~ Ernest Bramah

A closeup of the holes being dug in yesterday’s post.  Even closer pic below.

Tree holes

“It is a good thing to follow the First Law of Holes: if you are in one, stop digging” ~ Denis Healey

If you look closely, you can see the guy with the post hole digger.

Sidewalk moss grid

Give me the man who will surrender the whole world for a moss or a caterpillar, and impracticable visions for a simple human delight. ~ Bruce Frederick Cummings

I thought this was a nice contrast of colors, and animate v. inanimate.

Winter vineyard

My lover is like a sachet of myrrh
lying between my breasts.
He is like a bouquet of sweet henna blossoms
from the vineyards of En-gedi.

~ Song of Solomon 1:13-15 (New Living Translation)

Kinda depressing! Dormant for winter.

Winter grapes

I went past the field of the sluggard,
past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.

I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a bandit
and scarcity like an armed man.

~ Proverbs 24:30-34

This is what vineyards look like here in the winter.