Someone told me you can tell it’s winter when all the leaves are off the trees. I know this sounds like common sense – but in Phoenix it’s a bit harder to know when our fall officially turns to winter. It might get a little colder, but then sometimes it’s sunny and 60 degrees out!
I know it’s winter when my grapefruits are yellow, it means my pink lemons and lemons are ready. Our lime tree is ready in October and there was that first season when I thought yellow was overripe for limes (darn grocery store picking them too early!) and I threw out my entire harvest! Sheesh. Oh well, I learned my lesson.
I found these hunter wedges a few seasons back at Last Chance, the bargain basement where all the Nordstrom returns and Nordstrom Rack clearance items go die. These babies were brand spanking new and just in my size! I had picked them up for a girlfriend but then I fell in love with them and asked her if she’d take my other Hunters that were a dark grey. She said she’d probably use the basic Hunter boots more anyway (she own horses and would actually have utility for them instead of a fashion statement haha) so I sent those off to her and kept this pair.
Phoenix used to be the only Last Chance in the country however, if you live in the Chicago area, they opened one up last fall. I’m pretty sure that’s where all the cool coats are going because I wanted to find a nice trench but all we had were blazers at our location. Oh well!
Even though it’s winter, I’m already preparing for spring so I had to buy this gingham top. The back button detail was too cute and it’s linen. I’m wearing XS.
If you’re wondering about our grapefruit tree, yes she’s still here, partially. We figured let her continue to produce and live until it’s really her time. It just stinks that a big chunk of her is missing, our fault from not clearing the heavy fruit off and her old age.
I told Benjamin if we add any more trees – though we really don’t have any space, I don’t think we need any more fruit trees. Trees that give back are lovely but they have a lifespan (though by the time the ones we planted start dying, we will have be long gone from this Earth), and also picking fruit off them can be a tedious task unless you really do love the fruit it bears and will actually eat it, or have enough mouths to consume!
Just something to think about. I had seen someone saying they had planted almost 30 trees at their home and I let out a good hearty laugh because I thought of how much work it must be to maintain those trees. Another girlfriend of mine has her own orchard – about a dozen lemon and grapefruit trees came with her property and we battle unloading our fruits to our small group we’re both in.
Grapefruit curd, grapefruit body salt, grapefruit soda, grapefruit… we hear from visitors that our grapefruit are better than the grocery store and they always ask for some, just another reason to let the old gal stick around. I’ll just photograph her good side *wink*
I hope to do a garden tour video soon!