As we officially move into Autumn, the rhythm has changed to ‘harvest’.
The vegetable garden has once again provided more than enough to
nourish us and it is wonderful to give away produce – sharing in the
abundance. There is still much to do: preparing the pumpkins for the
cellar, turning the earth and picking the final melons, bottling
tomatoes, cooking quinces (with wine and thyme) and organising seeds
(keeping them when we eat a courgette, for example, and drying them).
We are ready to plant for winter, and the weeds are starting to come
back after a few days of mist and drizzle.
Although there is much dying off, there is also new life – a flourish
of flowers in yellow, lilac and pink, as others end. Autumn brings
‘fruition’, as all efforts are rewarded and plenty reigns.