I loaded these photos into my blog exactly a week ago.
I took these photos in the two weeks before that.
According to the calendar now it's autumn but then it was still summer, although with the extreme heat wave we've been having one could beg to differ.
Monday morning one week later and the photos are older and the stories that go with them more out of date. But still these are the things that are filling our autumn days.
Apple picking, pumpkin gazing, cucumber collecting and fermenting, tomato harvesting and preserving, spinach, cauliflower, zucchini, cabbage, lettuce and carrot weeding and eating, watering, watering and more watering, planting the winter veg, mowing, netting and fencing.
It's a fabulous time of the year. It's the time that makes all the rest of the farming months make sense. It's crates of fruit in the doorway so you have to walk sideways into the house, it's bowls of tomatoes and boxes of cucumbers and baskets of apples, it's pots of bubbling produce on the stove waiting to be poured into jars, it's colourful bottles filling every available bit of bench space there is, it's books lying open all over the table with new recipes to try, it's rings and clips and lids and crocks, it's a washing machine load of aprons, it's a sticky mess on the floor next to the stove, it's a sink FULL of dishes, it's this crazy time when we are living in one season but trying to provide for the next, it's the part of the year that I feel most tired, most alive and the happiest.
Happy new season my friends!
What's it looking like where you are?
I hope yours is bountiful and delicious.
So much love,