We are noticing the shift in the seasons, as the autumn is beginning to make her presence known. This morning as I was walking at the river, I noticed that the colors are really taking hold. There are splotches of yellow gold in the cottonwoods, willows and elm trees. The poison ivy is turning bright red…this is a plant that likes to command your attention any way it can and the color is really lovely, even though you sure don’t want to make physical contact with this plant! The yellow flowers are blooming in cheerful accord, especially the sunflowers and the rabbit brush. This is my favorite time of the year and every year I think I enjoy it more!
I have been harvesting a whole lot of raspberries. Every night I pick between 1-2 gallons of the berries. This is really good, because Chris and I like to eat raspberries every morning in our yogurt with other fruit (right now that is peaches) and nuts. I’m dehydrating raspberries and freezing them both so that we will have a good supply for the rest of the year when there are not fresh berries to pick and eat.
Chris has been making wine. He used the red grapes to make the first batch and today he made a batch of raspberry wine. That sounds really good! Tomorrow he plans to put up a batch of peach wine, since we still have a really large supply of peaches from the orchard. I’m hoping to get a picture of his handiwork tomorrow and if so, I’ll post it.
Lizz planted the second crop of garlic on Sunday. We will harvest it mid-summer next year. I still need to get a bale of barley straw to mulch both of the garlic plantings to protect them from freezing this winter, but there is still time. I think I’ll do that later in the week.
The fairy garden is starting to root in pretty well now, and I’m noticing that the various kinds of thymes are beginning to spread and fill in a bit. The sweet woodruff and the labrador violets are really happy in their new home. I heard rumour that there is a log cabin fairy house under construction in that garden. That will make for a great addition to the fairy neighborhood.