This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

winter solstice

On the darkest day of the year, I have to admit that I have gone South.

Sat., Dec. 22, 2007, 1:08 A.M. EST (06:08 UT), marks the solstice—the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

I am now almost midway between Boston and the equator in Naples Florida, visiting my parents for Christmas. Quite a contrast in weather and sunlight. 40 degrees warmer, almost two hours more sunlight and NO SNOW!

Boston, Massachusetts latitude N42.3, daylight 7:10am-4:15pm
Naples, Florida latitude N26.1, daylight 7:11am-5:41pm


Below are pictures I took yesterday, back in the frozen Northland where snow seemed to fall all of December. I bet its 2 feet deep in our yard.
backyard under snow skippy snow

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