After the girls were fed, dressed, braided and driven off to school, I started the day with a couple of batches of pesto. I put Lisa Mitchell on the stereo and enjoyed the warmth of the sun on my back as I snipped the basil leaves off their stems and inhaled their delicious summery aroma.
After I had jarred the pesto and done the dishes I moved onto the tomatoes.
I cooked them quickly on the stove to soften them, moulied them, cooked them up with some onion, garlic, rosemary and basil and then I labelled them and popped them in two containers into the chest freezer.
Then my farmer boy came home and we drank coffee. Ahhhhhhh...
And we dressed in our white bee suits, lit the smoker and visited a few of our bee hives. We scraped a bit of their honey comb from their lids but nothing they would miss. And they looked good and happy so we left them to it.
Then it was time to pick up the girls. So we did. And we took them out for ice cream to celebrate Friday. Yay for Friday!
It had been a short week but a big week and our girlies were exhausted, so we came home and popped them in front of a movie with blankets and bowls of cut up apple.
And me and my farmer boy went out to prepare for the possibility of rain. First by chopping the stems off the onions and garlic we'd had hanging and drying and bringing them inside. It'll be soup season before we know it. Then we took the ute and a trailer and went out into the forest to collect a load of wood and kindling for the fire.
The wood we collected had been cut two years ago and was nice and dry and seasoned and will burn beautifully and keep us warm and cook our food over the next few weeks.
And then I picked Friday's tomatoes.
When the girls' movie finished we bundled them in the car and went down to the orchard to pick the Prima apples (my favourite so far) and the 20 Ounce apples (the biggest so far).
And somehow we lost track of time and to-do lists and stresses and dead lines and played for a while.
For a while, until it started to get dark and cold and hungry.
Then we came up to the house, rolled out some pasta, cut it into circles, filled each circle with last season's spinach and some ricotta, and then chopped up another tomato-ey sauce.
Home made ravioli with a bit of grated Parmesan and a few basil leaves on top....deeeeeeeeeeeelicious.
And then girls went to bed. Phew.
And me and my farmer boy got busy processing tomatoes again and making the first load of Fowlers for the season.
Then more dishes and a wipe down of the stickiest kitchen in town.
A vodka with ginger beer. An episode of Smash.
Autumn, you are bountiful and colourful and aromatic. You keep me crazy busy. My to-do list could fill a chapter book. And I feel happy.
How are you traveling lovely peeps?
What does a day in your life look like at the moment?
I hope your weekend is filled with wonderful.
I'm off to gather Saturday's tomatoes.
Happy travels x