Hello blogging friends - welcome to Autumn - the season of harvest, the fruits of all the growth of spring and summer.
Living off the land is a lot of hard work but when you see your efforts in a wheelbarrow it feels very rewarding.
Photo bombed by Stella.
Hops and Figs
Yes Abbey finished her gloves in time for the competition to win some scrummy yarn. If you feel inclined and belong to Raverly here's the link - there is a little heart you can click on under her photos to click if you love her work.
There still are plenty more hops to pick.
I picked the two figs probably a tad too early but no way was I sharing the figs with the local birds.
These aren't our grapes, a friend dropped them into us - ALL of our grapes got stolen by the local birds
The walnut tree is in its second year - its a real buzz to get your own walnuts, the sticky stuff on the walnut is straight out of the walnut seed husk
Here's what a walnut looks like growing on the tree.
The walnut fruit enclosed in the leathery husk, these pop open and the walnut fall out.
I suppose you would call the walnut a fruit at this stage and then once the actual walnut shell is cracked it becomes a seed?? I'm sure one of my English teachers that read the blog will put me straight on that. Or Ali now she is the queen of walnuts - I get a tad emerald green when she shares her yearly walnut tally.
It was a hard day in the garden, I haven't really worked in it since Molly goat died - I just couldn't she's been my garden buddy for 14 years and boy I miss her. But I got stuck in - still have more hops, the tobacco sweet corn, tomatoes and galangal to harvest. I've taken on weeding James garden too as he's a tad busy.
oh and still more passion fruit and tomatoes - we might get one more feed of beans if lucky too.
Even tho is it today (Friday) the Autumn equinox (Mabon) it really looks like autumn is over at our place.
Most of the trees have turned colour already and lost their leaves. Psst don't forget here's the link to show your love of Abbey's work - it might just help her win the competition.
Never ever have we hit first day of autumn and nearly all the Maple leaves have gone ready for winter.
The seasons sure are changing.
Enjoy your first day of Autumn in the southern hemisphere when the night's darkness equals the length of the day. The nights will start to become longer than the days. Northern Hemisphere folk it's your first day of spring.- I do soo love spring! Your night will get shorter and days longer.
I am ready for autumn a time for self reflection, the beginning cycle of turning within. Tonight we celebrate Mabon by eating only what we have grown off the land.
PS no cat photos today as I knew something wonderful was happening re the cats.. which I will share tomorrow. It's all rather thrilling and I think their owners will L O V E the surprize.