{Update #7} Our First Garden

Good morning, friend! I hope you’re having a great week so far! It’s been a busy but fun one for us because of vacation Bible school (Eden’s first, and she’s loving it!), so today I’m just going to give a quick update on how our garden’s doing, because I have to get everyone ready and on time for VBS in a little bit. So here ya go!

~Courtney Faith

 ^Not our garden, but this growing cotton field next to our place is so pretty in the early mornings, I had to snap a picture! It’s going to be simply gorgeous later this summer when it turns white. I LOVE living in The Land of Cotton. We may not get much snow around here, but every year we get to see dozens of fields nearby that look like beautiful snow, and without the dreadful cold temperatures! ^Grape tomatoes! Can’t wait to start putting these in my salads.  ^Okra! ^Squash blooms! ^Little squash! Just a couple days or so and we’ll be able to start picking. Can’t wait! ^We strung up our cucumber vines so they’ll have something to run on. We have a few blooms but no veggies from it yet.  ^Little ears of corn! About 1/4 of our stalks got laid down when we had a lot of wind and rain from the tropical storm, but it’s straightening back up some on its own so I don’t think there was any damage. ^Pumpkin blooms! We have five of these plants and they have pretty much overtaken the whole left side of our garden area!^The watermelon’s blooming!^The right side view of the garden. ^Beans on the left, tomatoes on the right. 

{Update #4} Our First Garden

Here’s a quick update and a few pictures of our garden. We’re still getting lettuce, spinach, and peppers. The tomato plants are so full of fruit so when they ripen we’re gonna have plenty! 

Today we planted more tomato plants (this time some grape and cherry tomatoes), bell peppers, and we gave another shot at some more bush bean seeds. We’ll see how they do, and hopefully the rabbits won’t take them over like they did the peas. (Hubby has shot two rabbits so far, but we know there’s at least one more either living in our yard somewhere or close by.)

I also planted some peppermint in an old ice cream maker bucket and I’m super excited about that! Growing up, we had a flower bed full of peppermint and I would love to do that someday, but until we own a house I’ll keep it contained in a pot. It’s a small plant at the moment but I know they grow really fast, so once it spreads some I’ll put it on the front porch beside the door for a nice, welcoming decoration. 

That’s about all there is to update you on right now, so here are some snapshots I took yesterday evening. 

Have a great day!

~Courtney Faith

{Update #1} Our First Garden

We’ve had lots (and lots!) of rain recently, and plenty of sun the past few days, so everything in the garden has really shot up and is looking really great so far. The tomato and pepper plants have blooms on them now, the cabbage plants are huge, the peas are growing fast, and the carrots, spinach, lettuce, and fennel are sprouting up too. The other things we’ve planted are popping up, and it’s really starting to look like a good Summer garden now.

We’re super excited to be gathering food from our own back yard, and I’m so thankful we have this opportunity to show our daughter about God’s earth and how He makes it all grow.

 

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Eden by her garden.


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Sprouting!


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Carrots, lettuce, and spinach are popping up!

 

 

 

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Peppers, broccoli, cabbage, peas, beans, tomatoes, and the raised bed.


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Cabbage and broccoli.


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Tomatoes!


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“Clothes on the clothesline hangin’ in the sunshine, a garden growin ‘ in the ground.” -Josh Turner, “Way Down South”

Have a great day!

~Courtney Faith

 

Our Weekend

This past weekend the weather was absolutely perfect. And since we had been planning for a while to spruce up our front flowerbeds with an outside liner and new mulch, on Saturday afternoon we went to Home Depot and got the supplies we needed.

We were having problems with the old mulch that was already there when we moved here, because whenever it rained the mulch would wash out onto the sidewalk. The liner we put around the beds should hold the new mulch in now, and the landscaping fabric underneath it all will be nice for keeping the weeds from taking over.

The work didn’t take nearly as long as I expected, but we did wind up estimating a little low on how much liner and mulch we needed, so Hubby had to make a second trip to pick up more, but other than that (and the rain we unexpectedly got that evening which put our work off till Monday afternoon because we were gone all day Sunday) we finished up pretty quickly.

Here are some before and after pictures. Now that our flowerbeds are complete, we can put our full focus back onto the garden, which is growing quickly and beautifully! Soon we’ll have tomatoes and lettuce to make us some fresh BLTs. Yum!

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First step: Digging the Trench for the Lining

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One Side Dug and Lots of Dirt and Leaves Everywhere

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Lining Done!

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After: Right Side View

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After: Left Side View (with a Cute Little Addition to the Picture!)

Have a great day!
~Courtney Faith

A Little Bit of Local History

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Summertime for my family and friends, as with most, has always been a favorite time of year. It means no more cold days, no school (if you’re lucky) or co-op classes, and going barefoot outside. It means eating salty watermelon, churning homemade ice cream on the front porch, and watching lightning bugs light up the night. It also means picnics, nature walks, and swimming.

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Every year, as soon as it warms up enough (or sometimes before!), we’ve loaded up in the car or the back of the pickup and driven down the road a few miles to our favorite swimming hole, a spot in Crooked Creek which is a stream that runs through the Bethel and West Point areas (of Cullman County), part of it which is in the pasture in front of where I used to live.

This particular swimming spot is near Bethel and is located under the second-longest covered bridge in the state of Alabama, one of the longest in the whole U.S.

This historical landmark is formally called Clarkson-Legg Covered Bridge, but the frequent visitors usually just call it “The Bridge.”

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Clarkson-Legg Covered Bridge was first built in 1904 because it was realized that the transportation needed improved in the area. James W. Legg, a mail carrier for Clarkson Post Office, owned the property the bridge now stands on, and donated all supplies–timber, nails, sand, and rock. The bridge was built at a cost of $1,500. For real.

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Just an interesting little tidbit of history about the location: In 1863 on April 30th, there were some Civil War skirmishes that occurred at Crooked Creek and Hog Mountain, where the bridge now stands.

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Sadly, half of the 270-foot bridge was destroyed by a flood in 1921. Most of the pieces were found downstream and it was reconstructed the following year for another $1,500.

All motor traffic stopped in 1962 when a new concrete bypass bridge was built beside it.

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In 1975, the Cullman Commission had the Clarkson-Legg bridge restored once more, as an American Bicentennial Project, along with the gristmill and log cabin on site.

Now, 40 years later, the bridge is currently being re-done and restored, and is hoped to be completed and good as new within the next few weeks (mid-February 2015)!

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Clarkson-Legg Covered Bridge under construction, January 2015.

After growing up loving this place, I recently grew to love it even more. Back in 2013 I began dating a wonderful young man from Tennessee. Oftentimes when he would come to Alabama for a visit we would go to the bridge to sit by the creek and have a picnic or walk the trails. One day last May as we walked inside the covered bridge, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! We are now happily married and living in Huntsville, but we look forward to stopping by the bridge after its completion whenever we are back in the area to visit with family.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, and maybe even learned a little something new about this beautiful place. And if you haven’t been there before, it’s definitely worth a look-see! It may become one of your favorite places too!

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Do you have any special memories that took place at Clarkson-Legg Covered Bridge?

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Tasty Tuesday: Cornbread

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Have this with beans, soup, or turnip greens, and your meal is complete! Here’s how to make yummy Southern cornbread:

1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 1/4 cup milk or buttermilk (I use 1 part sour cream to 1 part water if I don’t have buttermilk)
1 egg
1/4 cup oil or butter

Preheat oven to 425Β°. Grease an 8- or 10-inch cast iron skillet or an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Place cast iron skillet in oven to preheat.

Combine ingredients and pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

Have a blessed day!
~Courtney

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)