Thursday, 18 September 2008


As much as I like the new green of Spring, there is much to be said for the golden, orange and red shades of Fall. The trees around here are glowing with color, and the wild rose hips and wild rose leaves are flaming red in the late afternoon sunlight. Even my poor little frost-stunted pumpkin is turning orange just a little bit.

It's a time of transformation.

The Big Garden has gone through its growing season and now is winding down. I've harvested all but the last of the late crop of greens, and soon those will be gone too. Harvesting the potatoes was my favorite part, I think. Just reaching into the soil and plucking out the potatoes there was kind of amazing. I had potatoes big and potatoes small! One of the potatoes was as tiny as half of my pinky finger, and another was as wide as my palm and longer than my hand! Can you see the big potato there in the picture, covering up my glove completely? The tiny potato is on top of it, that little light spot you can barely see. I've decided that potatoes are very cool.

The Little Garden has been completely dismantled and in its place we have stacked quite a bit of wood. The plan is to make a woodshed in this spot, out of free pallets (that Gord gets from businesses that want to get rid of them), but this Winter the wood will just be stacked on the pallets and covered with a tarp or two. Still, we are miles ahead of last year in terms of wood for the woodstove. That's a good feeling.

I'm looking forward to the quieter time of Fall and Winter, and I'm trying to take the time to enjoy all the signs of seasonal transformation.

What are you noticing in your neck of the woods?


Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Beautiful pictures. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that your pumpkin fully ripens before it get too cold. And that potato is a monster! You got lots of potatoes from that harvest.

Here, temperatures are starting to fall, days are in the 70s to 80 at the warmest. Night temperatures are now officially "parka weather", and a couple of trees are even starting to turn. I love fall, and winter has its perks too, but I would like winter better if I had more storage space for putting food up and a greenhouse! Someday, someday...

Theresa said...

Thanks Jennifer - I think that potato could be bigger than the pumpkin! I too long for a greenhouse, and a root cellar. You're right: someday :)

Simply Authentic said...

The pictures are just great! Thanks for sharing them! I could hardly believe that I saw a tree turning the other day. It feels like we just finally had a week of summer, and now it's fall! It looks just gorgeous up there right now though!

daharja said...

We're right at the opposite side of the wheel, but the photos are so beautiful I had to comment.

I love spring, which is what we have now, but autumn is so beautiful too.


::::wifemothermaniac:::: said...

Nice garden loot!

I'm noticing the way a well lived in family house seems to cozy up for the winter. The smells of meals cooked lingers comfortably, the tones of colors invite me to linger and relax indoors, the furniture seems to soften and beckon invintingly, and the beds seem to embrace us with warmth and affection in the mornings, making it so much harder to pull away and get up for the day.

Hey, this was an inspiring question, I may repost this response of mine in my own blog :)

Theresa said...

SA - yes, it does seem like Summer went by so very quickly! I do love the Fall though, I only wish the leaves would stay on the trees a little longer, they are so beautiful.

Thanks Daharja - it's good to appreciate all points on the seasonal wheel. I'm only just starting to really attune myself to this -it's quite profound at times.

WMM - I find that I am craving the time to make soup stock and start the first fire in the woodstove! Ah, your description of the coziness of home has me longing for a warm blanket, cup of tea and a good book in front of the fire. Mmmm...beautiful. I will be sure to stop by your blog and see what you've written. :)

Green Bean said...

Ohh! Fall is my favorite time of year. And I'm with you - picking potatoes is so magical. For me, it drives home more than any other vegetable nature's amazing ability to grow much out of little.