Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Autumn

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness part of the poem by John Keats, probably best defines Autumn to me. There is a definite change in the air, a slight nip to the mornings, evenings drawing in and the need to wrap up just a little bit warmer.

There are still harvests to pick, the garden to tidy and slowly put to sleep for winter:

For those of us with wood burners, logs to be bought, stored and brought inside, kindling to be chopped, newspapers to be begged and also stored. Pine cone stores to be looked at and the decision made whether to go out for a pine cone walk to top them up.

Chutneys, jams and relishes to be made and squirrelled away for the colder months and early warmer months next year.

For me though, one of the difining times is the arrival of rainbows in my dining room:
These just get better and better for a few weeks, then they, like Autumn, are gone for another year.



5 comments:

  1. I love the picture of all the fruit on your window sill. Are those pears from your garden? I am a gardening newbie, have only had my own garden for a couple of months and planted my first apple tree earlier this month. I can't wait to have such wonderful harvest of my own :-)

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    1. Yes, they are our own fruit from small trained fruit trees. Could have had more but forgot to use codling moth traps, so almost every apple got bugs but we just cut them out and ate what was left.

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  2. I love the season, everything feels different and the smells change. I love harvesting all my work from the last two seasons as well.

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    1. Although my harvest has not been so good this year, the best were tomatoes, beans, chilli and carrots - just started harvesting those.

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  3. I love this time of year, harvesting and preserving the rewards of all our hard work. I have to admit to loving the stove too.

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