Yes, I've been rather MIA around here but I can explain away at least three weeks worth of absenteeism with a wonderful (and much needed) vacation that we took at the end of October. We did a marathon road trip of 2,400 miles from Portland Oregon down to San Diego California and back. There was much to see and do and we saw and did and had a great time!
There is nothing so sharp as the breeze that comes off the ocean at the end of summer... We'd stopped at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and it was a joy to soak up the sun and smell the salty air.
Of course the best "garden" in California is undoubtedly Yosemite. I could spend days and days there - I wish we had.
I love to see the unique cloud formations around Mt. Shasta...
Anyway, back at home I've decidedly missed my window of "fall clean up" opportunity. Alas. We got home to some very wet weather. I guess I'm going to have to leave it for spring. Though for a few days it was beautiful until the rain washed it all away.
I did manage to get some garlic planted very late. Covered it in straw even! As soon as Christmas is past I'll start working on next year's garden plan... of course by then it's nearly too late, heh. I can't believe how incredibly swift this year went by - how does it happen? I can't believe it's already December.