It's a new month -- and it looks like tonight will bring our first killing frost, we've had several others but only on the roof of the house, not on the garden. Now it will be time to clean up the main garden and keep picking from inside the hoop houses. We have a LOT of tomatoes that need to be taken care of yet !
LOL, we still have not had a "killing frost" -- picked some zucchini today from the outside garden and rearranged a few things in the hoop houses. Roasted a couple of batches of tomatoes -- probably about 25 pounds, which will turn into about 6-7 cups when I run them through the "Squeezo" strainer. A great way to condense summer's bounty down!
Saw a pretty good-sized flock of sandhill cranes as I was working outside today -- actually heard them first, they have such a distinctive sound. At least 40 in the flock and they were quite high up, and seemed very disorganized when I first saw them; then they seemed to figure things out and started heading south in quite a ragged formation.
Also surprisingly saw a couple of butterflies today, a Red Admiral visiting the flowers on the big Rue plant, and a Monarch (!) fluttering around the front yard. Definitely stragglers, we have been regularly having frost every morning. The dragonflies have been very busy catching insects that are invisible to me... and suddenly, it seems, most of the leaves are off the deciduous trees and shrubs!