Living Sustainably–First Sunday of Advent

Manure.  After several days of temperatures below 30 degrees in Madison, Wisconsin, the ground in the aisles between plots in Quann Community Garden was frozen enough to cart enough composted horse manure to cover our 4 raised beds.  On Craig’s List Madison I found free manure available at a horse farm just 5 miles south of our house–we filled up the pick-up on Friday and again on Saturday with plans to return on Monday. (We have 6 raised beds in our yard as well as the 4 in the community garden ).

 

 

Sunshine & Laundry.  The weekend also provided bright sun and day time temperatures around 40 degrees–warm enough to get three loads of laundry hung outside.  There is nothing like  the smell of laundry that has been dried outside–it smells even better when you can hang it  outside in the Winter.

 

 

Thanksgiving Feasting for 4 days and counting…  Having just celebrated  a wonderful Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, we are still enjoying the leftovers.  Our garden produced almost all of the vegetables– carrots, turnips, parsnips, green beans and the sugar pumpkins we used in the pies.  We froze one turkey breast for later in the month but have enjoyed some interesting variations on leftovers.  The last of the pies brought a festive end to our Sunday Dinner.  Maybe our ancestors who treated Advent as a pre-Christmas Lenten season had a good idea…

 

Stir Up Pudding… Better get started!