This is the glorious best time of the year from my perspective! I love the autumn best of any other time. The farm pace is gentle, the weather is perfect, my preparations towards the winter are well underway and it is time to stitch, read books, cook delicious food and take long walks and wonderful bike rides.
The wood is stacked and ready to keep us warm this winter. We heat our home with a woodstove and that kind of heat feels deep and soothing and calming…not like a forced air furnace or hot water heat does. Those types of heating do the job, but the heat comes and goes with the cycles of the heater or boiler. Wood heat is constant, well…so long as you feed the woodstove regularly.
The harvest continues and the pantry is getting very full. We are in gratitude that we will eat well this next year from the abundance of this summer.
With the nights getting coolish, Lizz and I brought all the citrus trees back into the greenhouse from their summer vacation on the back porch. The lime tree has harvestable limes already and the other citrus trees have baby fruits just starting.
Each morning as I take my walk I see the geese take off and put themselves into order for the day’s long journey as they go into their migration for the winter to warmer climates. Not all the canadian geese migrate from here, but many do. They are precise in their flight plan and beautiful in their formation.
I will leave tomorrow on my own flight plan to Seven Springs, PA to speak at the Mother Earth News Fair. Everything is packed, the house is in reasonable order. I have played with the neighbors dog, Shrek, and taken the wash down off the clothesline. Carnita pork is just finishing roasting in the oven for our taco supper. The evening will be spent loving the kitties and having a relaxing few hours with my family. Tomorrow’s journey will begin early as M’lissa delivers me to the airport.
I will be back in touch upon my return to my home-place next week. Until then… journey well!