Last Sunday we saw a CL ad from a man a few miles away trying to “clean up” some items on his property… before the county did it for him. Ever the bargain hunter, Kate suggested we head out. And he did list what seemed like some useful items – lumber, shingles, gates…
I was fortunate enough to get the chance to visit the Botanical Gardens in Madison a few weeks ago with my mother and my brother who was visiting from Dallas.
These gardens make up 16 acres of hidden treasure in the city. They have a conservatory with exotic plants and flowers as well as butterflies and birds. If you are looking for a cheap date in Madison, it’s the way to go. It’s $2 to get into the conservatory and free to walk the gardens. Unless you buy a map which will cost ya a quarter. Well worth the visit. They even have a small bus that will take you around the gardens and fill you with information. We however, decided to go about it on foot. Here are some pictures of some of the beauty. I was too busy taking pictures and looking around to associate names with any of them, but I know of someone on that could probably name every one of them, Midwesternplants. This is certainly her cup of tea. So I’ll just fill this post with pretty pictures.
If you are ever in Madison, check them out; Olbrich Botanical Gardens
After a kohlrabi chip fail, I decided to try kohlrabi fritters. I made these for dinner on Saturday and they turned out fantastic! It has renewed my interest in this very ugly vegetable. Continue reading
This years garden seemed to be on the bottom of the list of priorities. That being said, it was by no means neglected, but just didn’t live up to our high expectations that we start out with every Spring. It’s still doing well for what we had planted.
We butchered the first two of our chickens this weekend and while we may do some more in-depth posts in the future on the actual process of slaughtering, eviscerating and butchering, this entry is more about the experience as a whole. I’d rather explain that because there is no shortage of far better online tutorials and books than anything this novice could explain. This is once case where getting the details from me would be a bit of Xerox, with you losing a little of the quality of the information. Continue reading
We see a lot of the Woolly Bear Caterpillars up here in Wisconsin and supposedly the harshness of the coming winter can be forecast by the width of their banded coloring. The Woolly Bear Caterpillar is a fuzzy black caterpillar with a tan/orange band down the middle. Folklore has it that the larger the stripe in the middle the milder the winter will be. Continue reading