9.21.2012

packing summer away

Slowly, we move inside. Green tomatoes are our new housemates and we watch them ripen on the every surface. The garden is dismantled. The beds prepped for garlic and winter rye. The cows make their last rotation on pasture. The second cutting of hay is finished. The chickens are given warm water in the morning to help them ease into their day. The pigs hut has been fetched from a nest of pigweed and burdock and filled with new bedding. Suddenly you find your dear old friend, Time, has started to visit again after months of having no idea where he went.

Today is the last day of summer. Autumn has already sunk into our bones. The first woodfires begin to impregnate the air. Now begins the final push to prepare for the cold ahead. Winter is coming.


17 comments:

  1. Where did you get your basket collection? So beautiful and so useful.

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  2. There's no place in the world where fall is more evident in the air and more beautiful in the earth than in New England. Looking forward to lots of winter updates already!

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  3. On my run this morning I could smell the leaves and saw them under my feet, yellow and red. It's a coming!

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  4. I go into a small depression each year with the end of tomatoes - this year was earlier than last year. Luckily we still have squash and the fall crops. But still, fresh, warm, tomatoes....sigh.

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  6. beautiful photos. your farm life is inspiring, thank you for sharing your stories and pictures. You have a very unique writing style that just grabs me and keeps my attention.
    Autumn is my favorite season but living in the tropics means I haven't experienced one in years. I hope to again at some point!

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  7. Our kitchen is being taken over by our unripe tomatoes as well. But it's sooooo worth it!

    Have a great weekend.

    -Jenn

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  8. So many tomatoes!! Have you made any fried green tomatoes yet (it's not just a movie!)? Or pickled green tomatoes? Winter sounds delicious.

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  9. where do you find all your furniture and decor and tableware? i love it a lot.

    -ingrid

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  10. After our first summer on a farm, I am embracing the fall air as never before. <3

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  11. This post reminded me of one of my favorite quotes that immediately made me think of you & all you share on here, which I appreciate so much....
    Tolstoy-

    “I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor-such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps-what more can the heart of man desire?”

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  12. beautiful photos. i live in paris now but this is exactly the kind of life my boyfriend and i often talk about.

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  13. @kristi, they are Iringa baskets from our friend Toby who lives in Tanzania every winter.

    @erin, love that Tolstoy passage, thank you.

    @ingrid, half of my furniture my parents have cast down and the other half has been salvaged from thrift stores and old barns :)

    @melanie, we had fried green tomato BLTs the other night. the perfect sandwich!

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  14. Love the idea of helping chickens "ease into their day." Gorgeous photos.

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