fall magic...

| 10/11/2012 8:34:34 AM

The days are crisp now and the colors glorious. Bittersweet tangles over old wooden fences, the scent of woodsmoke is in the air each evening, and fields are covered with burgundy, gold, and russet leaves. This magical time of year has always been my favorite season, and I continue to be astonished by it's beauty.

barn in autumn 

The temperatures are below normal this fall, making us wonder if winter will be harsh. So amid the fun of hanging bunches of Indian corn, setting out arrangements of mums, and carving pumpkins, we're stacking firewood, bundling up the chicken coop, and learning the best ways to keep the beehive warm & snug during its first winter on the farm.

October is a time of harvest...the fields of corn and soybeans that once surround our home have been removed, and our own garden has been put to bed for winter. Except; however, for two prolific pepper plants which continue to shower us with their bounty...I just couldn't pull them up yet! It's a time for tucking away baskets of potatoes in the root cellar and stocking up on needfuls for the winter days ahead. We feel an old-fashioned stirring that it's best to be ready for cold and snowy weather.

 Apples are plentiful at the local farmers' markets, and in country kitchens everywhere, October means apple butter, jams & jellies are being put up for winter. Two of our favorites from the farmers' market are Dutch Apple Jam and Apple-Cinnamon Jelly...both are so good spread on warm rolls, buttery biscuits, or just-baked bread.

 Yes, these clear October days are worth enjoying to the fullest. It's a fine time to walk a country road, bike thorough fallen leaves, or simply putter outside. These days are made for warming the heart when winter's chill arrives.

Mary Murray
10/21/2012 2:21:25 AM

Thanks Joan and Dave for stopping by! I admit, this is my favorite season...it's so beautiful, and yes a break from our very hot summer is certainly welcome! I agree Dave...soup simmering and warm bread spread with butter is a favorite around here too. I'm absolutely ready to hibernate!

10/13/2012 1:19:11 PM

Mary, fall is a magical time for sure. My favorite part of fall is that it's soup weather. I like soup and fresh not bread. Mmmmm, yummmm. It's hard to beat that. It's always a relief from the heat of summer to head into the cooler fall weather. Next year I will be harvesting more and storing more from the garden for winter consumption. This year was mostly just give it away and let the wild animals have it. The wild animals were glad to oblige. That's the beauty of having garden close to wild animals. They do the cleanup for me. Now next year I won't be so nice to them. :0) Have a great fall day.

10/13/2012 12:16:25 AM

What beautiful country. Great hunker down weather!

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